Dog Park Design: A Successful Southwest Dog Park
Contributor(s): James Harrison Melnick
Dog parks are becoming increasingly popular in urban areas where little space is available for interactions with dogs off-leash. Dog parks should help the well-being of the owners and ensure a sense of security for themselves and their canines. However, a poorly designed dog park or dog-friendly...
The use of electric pulse training aids (EPTAs) in companion animals
Contributor(s): Daniel Mills, Ernest Soulsby, Anne McBride, David Lamb, David Morton, Sean Wesley, Charles Deeming, L. Dixon, D. Foster
There is currently little regulation of training and behaviour modification processes in the UK (CAWC 2008) besides measures enshrined in the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and a voluntary Code of Practice launched in 2010 (see: http://www.cawc.org.uk/080603.pdf). This Code is consistent with current UK...
Studies to assess the effect of pet training aids specifically remote static pulse systems on the welfare of domestic dogs
Contributor(s): Jonathan Cooper, Hannah Wright, Daniel Mills, Rachel Casey, Emily Blackwell, Katja Van Driel, Jeff Lines
This project assessed the welfare of dogs trained with pet training aids, specifically remote static pulse collar systems (e-collars). Previous work has focused on a very limited number of devices in a very limited range of contexts and the evidence of the impact of such devices on dog's...
Studies to assess the effect of pet training aids, specifically remote static pulse systems, on the welfare of domestic dogs: field study of dogs in training
Contributor(s): Jonathan Cooper, Nina Cracknell, Jessica Hardiman, Daniel Mills
The project had a single aim, namely to assess the impact of use of remote static pulse electric training aids (e-collars) during the training of dogs in comparison to dogs referred for similar behavioural problems but without e-collar training. The specific objective was to use appropriate...
Cats and the law: a report for International Cat Care (iCatCare) (formerly the Feline Advisory Bureau (FAB))
Contributor(s): Angus Nurse, Diane Ryland
This research examines the legal status of cats, within the UK’s legal system (primarily in England and Wales) but also in an international context. It considers a range of different areas of law and conflicting perspectives within the UK’s animal welfare, contract, criminal and...
Pets and the Aging: Science Supports the Human-Animal Bond
In April 2003, PAWSitive InterAction held its second annual educational summit — “Think PAWSitive! 2003: Pets and The Aging” — in Atlanta, Georgia, to explore current scientific thinking about the important role pets play in the lives of people as they grow older. With 76...
Animal Exposure, Asthma and Allergies
Contributor(s): Felicia Trembath
An estimated 62% of all United States households have one or more pet and more than 38% of households with pets have children under the age of 18 (Beck, 2010). Although the total number of pets in the United States does not seem to be increasing (AVMA, 2012), the relationship between people and...
Human-Animal Trust as an Analog for Human-Robot Trust: A Review of Current Evidence
Contributor(s): Deborah R. Billings, Kristin E. Schaefer, Jessie Y. C. Chen, Vivien Kocsis, Maria Barrera, Michelle Ferrer, Peter A. Hancock, Jacquelyn Cook
Trust is an essential element required for effective human-robot teaming. Yet, experimental research examining human-robot trust in team interactions is at its infancy stage. Conducting empirical studies using live robots can be extremely difficult in terms of money, time, equipment...
Taking Animal Welfare Seriously Minimizing Pain and Distress in Research Animals
Both laypersons and scientists alike are uncomfortable with animal research when it causes animals to suffer. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has launched our Pain & Distress Initiative to work with the scientific community to eliminate significant laboratory animal suffering...
Practitioner Attitudes and Beliefs Regarding the Role Animals Play in Human Health
Reports | Contributor(s): Felicia Trembath
Many studies have evaluated the effectiveness of animals in improving patient outcomes, such as their ability to improve cardiovascular health or alleviate depression symptoms. However, little research has been done to evaluate the beliefs of practitioners about the role that animals can...
Measuring the Benefits: Companion Animals and the Health of Older Persons
This review synthesises a wide body of literature concerning research into companion animals and the health of older persons. It is informed by a widely-held conviction among investigators that this research field has important implications for the future of societies and individuals. The human...
Pet-Keeping in American Material Culture and Identity Formation
Reports | Contributor(s): Heather Frigiola
Companion animals are a unique and complex part of American culture. They are frequently regarded as family members, yet legally they are considered property and are often obtained with an exchanged of money. As with other consumer goods, pets are culturally imbued with symbolism and are used by...
Zoonoses: Animal to human diseases
Reports | Contributor(s): E. Fevre, D. Grace
This resource is a media briefing regarding the control of zoonotic diseases, the Bird Flu outbreak in China, and the connection between urban agriculture and human health.
ILRI scientists put livestock squarely on the (human) health table
Reports | Contributor(s): D. Grace, J. McDermott
This report is a think piece that discusses veterniary scientist Delia Grace and veterinary researcher John McDermott and their work with the connection between livestock and human health.
Veterinary scientists address human illnesses associated with livestock
Reports | Contributor(s): D. Grace
For the Novermber 2011 'liveSTOCK Exchange' event at the ILRI, Delia Grace, a veterinary epidemiologist, reflects on ILRI's research in agriculture for human health and nutrition.
Mapping of poverty and likely zoonoses hotspots
Reports | Contributor(s): D. Grace, F. Mutua, P. Ochungo, R. Kruska, K. Jones, L. Brierley, L. Lapar, M. Said, M. Herrero, P.M. Phuc, N.B. Thao, I. Akuku, F. Ogutu
The objective of this report is to present data and expert knowledge on poverty and zoonoses hotspots to inform prioritisation of study areas on the transmission of disease in emerging livestock systems in the developing world, where prevention of zoonotic disease might bring greatest benefit to...
Asia - Human health risks from the human-animal interface
Reports | Contributor(s): J. Otte, D. Grace
Growing populations and rising living standards in ‘developing countries’ fuelincreasing consumption of food, particularly of higher value food items such as fruit, vegetables, andanimal source food (meat, milk, eggs and fish). Asia, with more than half of the world’s populationand its high...
Agriculture-associated diseases research at ILRI: Neglected zoonoses
Reports | Contributor(s): E. Fèvre, D. Grace
Neglected zoonoses thrive in neglected populations and impose burdens on both health and livelihoods. Integrated “One Health” approaches offer new promise in tackling these old diseases.
Therapy Animals Supporting Kids (TASK) Program
Reports | Contributor(s): Allie Phillips, J.D., Diana McQuarrie
This is a program manual for Therapy Animals Supporting Kids (TASK). The document includes information on animal assisted therapy and gives readers assistance in learning how to implement animal assisted therapy.
Recommendations by the National District Attorneys Association Task Force on the Use of Therapy Animals in Judicial Proceedings
Allie Phillips has chaired the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) Task Force on the Use ofTherapy Animals in Judicial Proceedings. The Task Force supports the inclusion of trained and registeredanimals that offer therapeutic assistance to crime victims , and the guidelines outlined in...