Journal of Public Health Policy advance online publication 27 June 2013; doi: 10.1057/jphp.2013.29 The need to include animal protection in public health policies      Aysha Akhtara,b                  aOxford Centre for Animal Ethics, 91 Iffley Road, Oxford OX4 1EG, England, UK                  bOffice of Counterterrorism and Emerging Threats, FDA, 10903 New Hampshire          Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20993, USA. E-mail:   Abstract:   “Many critical public health issues require non-traditional approaches. Although many novel strategies are used, one approach not widely applied involves improving the treatment of animals. Emerging infectious diseases are pressing public health challenges that could benefit from improving the treatment of animals. Other human health issues, that overlap with animal treatment issues, and that warrant further exploration, are medical research and domestic violence. The diverse nature of these health issues and their connection with animal treatment suggest that there may be other similar intersections. Public health would benefit by including the treatment of animals as a topic of study and policy development.”   Provided by:   Aysha Akhtar, MD, MPH Author, Animals and Public Health. Why Treating Animals Better is Critical to Human