Talk links animal abuse and violence

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By Special to the Monitor

The Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter is hosting a special community presentation at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Fuller Lodge.
Tammy Feibelkorn, who chairs a state committee on this issue, will talk about “The Link Between Animal Abuse and Human Violence,” how the state of New Mexico is leading an effort to address this link and what the community might consider doing in Los Alamos.
Because of FOS’ concern for animal welfare in general, and because they want to contribute to making the community an even better place in which to work and live, they have invited speaker Tammy Feibelkorn, chair of the New Mexico Forming Positive Links Committee, to speak.
Research supports the notion that healthy human/animal relationships enhance physical and psychological health and teach people how to understand another being and how to express compassion, empathy and nurturance. Research also indicates that an individual’s mistreatment of an animal parallels unhealthy, and sometimes even violent, relationships with other humans.
This link between animals and humans is the focus of the presentation and discussion.
Feibelkorn currently serves on the board of Conservation Voters New Mexico Education Fund. She is an active member of various professional and community organizations including the Clean Cities Coalition, Santa Fe Film Festival, Alliance for Albuquerque Animals and Rocky Mountain Animal Defense.
She is the chairperson of the NARAL Pro-Choice New Mexico annual “Auction for Choice” and is a member of fundraising committees for Prairie Dog Pals and Greyhound Companions of New Mexico.
She dedicates time to legislative efforts to increase the protection of the environment and animal rights and was involved in the passage of ordinances in Boulder and Estes Park, Colo. that prohibit the exhibition of wild and exotic animals.
The New Mexico Forming Positive Links Committee works year-round to spread the word about The Link via community presentations, advocacy within government departments, and lobbying for appropriate laws to identify and stop violence within families.
Admission for the event is $1 and drinks and snacks will be provided.