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Human Animal Bond

PIAS is the National Member for Australia of the International Association of Human Animal Interaction Organisations (IAHAIO).

IAHAIO Tokyo Declaration: “Given the scientific and medical evidence proving the beneficial effects to human health and well being arising from interactions with companion animals, given the biological and psychological evidence for the innate affinity of humans to nature, including other living beings and natural settings, the members of the International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations unanimously approved the following resolution and guidelines for action at the IAHAIO General Assembly held on October 5, 2007 in Tokyo, Japan.”


“It is a universal, natural and basic human right

to benefit from the presence of animals.”

Please refer to the IAHAIO website for more details.

Links & Information

For many decades, researchers from many fields have been studying the benefits of pets to people.  A large body of this research is available to assist professionals, journalists and researchers.


Held at Deakin University in 2007 – an explanation of how we might restore community connections, reduce physical inactivity and improve wellbeing through simple means: planning for people, pets, and public open space.


A 1992 study of our attitudes to cat and dog ownership:

– Motivations and Benefits Of Ownership

– The Personal, familial and Social Context