Animation Pictures Free Download BiographyDr. Byrd is a board certified forensic entomologist and diplomat of the American Board of Forensic Entomology. At the University of Florida, he instructs courses in forensic science at the University of Florida’s nationally recognized Hume Honors College. He served for over a decade as a faculty member of the Virginia Institute of Forensic Science and Medicine.
Outside of academics, Dr. Byrd serves within the National Disaster Medical System, Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team, Region IV. He also serves as the logistics chief for the Florida Emergency Mortuary Operations Response System.
Dr. Byrd has combined his formal academic training in Entomology and Forensic Science to serve as a consultant and educator in both criminal and civil legal investigations throughout the United States and internationally. He specializes in the education of law enforcement officials, medical examiners, coroners, attorneys, and other death investigators on the use and applicability of arthropods in legal investigations.
ASPCA Forensic Analyst
Amanda Fitch responds to scenes of animal cruelty, provides educational presentations on crime scene processing and conducts research. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Florida and a Master’s degree in Forensic Science from the University of Central Oklahoma.
After completing her B.A., she worked as an archaeologist on a variety of prehistoric and historic sites, as well as historic cemeteries. After completing her Master’s, she served as a medicolegal death investigator for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Oklahoma City, where she was trained to investigate various causes and manners of death, and was given the opportunity to pursue her interest in forensic anthropology.
Fitch has also worked at the Florida District 7 and 24 Office of the Medical Examiner, and then went to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement as a latent print and crime scene technician. While employed at FDLE, she processed and photographed latent print evidence as well as processed crime scenes. Amanda continued her training with the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office as a latent print analyst and performed comparisons between known and unknown prints to make identifications.
ASPCA Forensics Graduate Assistant
Lerah Sutton is currently a Master's student in forensic science at the University of Florida and the Graduate Assistant to the William R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine as part of the University of Florida-ASPCA Veterinary Forensic Sciences Program. In this position, she has responded to several animal crime scenes with the ASPCA in addition to her research projects.
Sutton earned a Bachelor's degree with highest honors in Anthropology from the University of Florida. Earlier in her career she worked at the Florida District 7 & 24 Office of the Medical Examiner, where she provided administrative support as well as assisted in the morgue. After completing her Master’s degree, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in forensic anthropology.
Draeyk wrote "im curious as to where people are on the pets issue as well since its something ive had a hard time over. i was absolutely against the keeping of pets. animals reared and bred for our own use and benefit. i guess when the're from a shelter its better but isnt it like second hand leather goods? shouldnt we try and close down this industry of exploitation?
i used to argue this at very many animal rights meets... ppl who had dogs running around all over and breeding left, right and centre... that it was irresponsible and counter to an animal rights agenda. "
In my opinion ideally in a utopic Vegan world of the future. NO. We could perhaps eventually develop relationships with other species...but I think it would take a while before we could be trusted to do this.
But in this world. YES. We created the problem and therefore it is our duty to have companion animals to treat them as equals and to respect and honor them. This goes agianst depriving their rights to reproduce. But unfortunately the society being what it is I think it is our responsibility to spay and neuter them too.
That is perhaps the only area in which I do not respect animal rights, but I think that the alternatives caused by our sick and depraved society justify this violation. I agree with you, at least in theory. If the choice we're presently faced with is (a) to release domesticated animals to fend for themselves (most of which would die pretty quickly and painfully), (b) euthanize them or (c) give them homes where they can be safe and fed for the rest of their lives, my ethical compass says "c".
Concurrent with that, it's important to work to eliminate the sources of those animals that need homes. And I would like to see a world where any companion animals were just those who chose to be around humans on their own accord, not those kept by fences and leashes. That's a long way away, tho'.
I do still have deep misgivings about petfood industry. It disturbs me to consider that chickens and other animals are killed to feed our cats. While I realize that cats would naturally hunt birds, I still don't like our meddling in the process.The biggest problem is the massive overpopulation of cats and dogs who are left to fend for themselves in our urban environments - which means they end up getting horrible diseases, suffering, being tortured, murdered, etc., ... and then procreating so the cycle gets worse. I definitely believe that it's part of being an animal rights activist to adopt/foster who we can, to advocate spaying and neutering, and to fight for state-wide laws and actions to make breeding, pet stores, etc., illegal. It's all about reducing suffering.