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All of us have unconscious biases; it comes with being human. Every group or organization naturally develops biases unique to it’s purpose, in addition to widely held social biases and stereotypes common in our society. Animal Welfare is no different than any other industry in that respect.

However, while many organizations and industries are beginning to recognize how detrimental unconscious biases are to their success and growth, Animal Welfare organizations (AWO) are virtually unregulated and siloed; therefore, few if any pressures have been applied to this sector, leaving biases to mature into doctrine.

“Minorities in general and African Americans in particular are still virtually invisible in all aspects of organized animal protection.” ~ Society and Animals

This is most evident when considering the lack of diversity, equity and inclusion within the Animal Welfare industry.

In her peer-reviewed study in Society and Animals, Dr. Sue-Ellen Brown validated the widely held but undocumented belief that few African Americans work in U.S. animal welfare organizations.

In 2005, at the time of Brown’s study, no other research studies on this specific topic could be located. That remains very true today, with Dr. Brown recommending further study into reasons for the under-representation of minorities in animal welfare. There is a tremendous gap in research, which presents a very promising opportunity.

As socially aware creatures, we know admitting to having biases can be considered unproductive or even unkind. That said, when asked if we have a bias, we may say we do not, especially if our preference conflicts with acceptable social norms.
Most of the participants in our  Implicit Bias study were White American women who work within the Animal Welfare industry. The majority stated that they prefer Poor People over Rich People and Black People over White People. Nevertheless, the opposite is proven out in unconscious testing. In other words, when participants did not have time to think about what answer was the most acceptable, they answered unfiltered.
Bias is not an absolute predictor of behavior, but it’s clear the Animal Welfare field’s biases are related to its demographics found below.