The Institute for Critical Animal Studies (ICAS) founded in 2001, is the first interdisciplinary scholarly center in higher education dedicated to establishing and expanding the field of Critical Animal Studies (CAS).
Critical Animal Studies (CAS) is the academic field of study dedicated to the abolition of animal and ecological exploitation, oppression, and domination. CAS is grounded in a broad global emancipatory inclusionary movement for total liberation and freedom.
ICAS believes that in order to eliminate the domination and oppression of animals in higher education animal advocacy/rights/liberation/abolitionist scholars must come together under one common field of study, similar to that of other marginalized fields of study (e.g., Women’s Studies, Ethnic Studies, Latina/o Studies, Native American Studies), while constructively debating theories, tactics, and strategies for the advancement of animal liberation and freedom.
ICAS identifies animal oppression and domination as torturing, marginalizing, or killing animals. ICAS has identified four major initiatives that create academic and social change to end animal oppression in higher education they include:
1. Forums, such as conferences, debates, and lecture and film series
2. Research, such as analysis that result into books, articles, journals, and policy papers
3. Networking, such as associations and groups for faculty, staff, and students to communicate
4. Campus activism, such as working with students, faculty, and staff on veganizing their campus, banning animals in entertainment and animal mascots, and eliminating vivisection and dissection.
The Institute for Critical Animal Studies (ICAS) is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Contributions to ICAS in the United States are tax-exempt to the extent provided by law.