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  1. Communication between animals and humans: language, understanding and matters of attitude in human-animal interaction

    Contributor(s):: Sandra Grötsch

    Sandra Grötsch, University of Oulu, Finland Conversation strategies between animals and humans. Language,understanding and matters of attitude in human-animal interaction. Literature and especially fantasy literature provides us with numerous examples of conversation types between animals...

  2. Art, Artistic Research, and the Animal Question

    Contributor(s):: Helena Pedersen

    Recent developments in cultural studies and other areas of the humanities and social sciences point to an ‘animal turn’, an increasing interest in posthumanist, non-anthropocentric approaches toward exploring the multiple roles and meanings of animals in human lifeworlds. This paper...

  3. Living together in an urban world: urbanisation and its implications for human-wildlife interactions

    Contributor(s):: Darryl Noel Jones

    The process of urbanisation has been identified as the most prominent cause of extinctions in the present century. Given that most people on earth now live in large cities, the acceleration on habitat alteration due to the spread of cities is likely to have profound implications on both...

  4. Healing Therapy: A New Role for Man's Best Friend (Report of December 4, 2013 Conference)

    This is the report summarizing presentations and discussions at the December 4, 2013 conference hosted jointly by the Bob Woodruff Foundation and the National Intrepid Center for Excellence (NICoE; associated with Walter Reed Army Medical Center, located in Bethesda, MD).  The conclusions...

  5. Our Pet Population Explosion and Operation SPARED

    Contributor(s):: Kay Clausing

    All humane societies are dedicated to preventing cruelty and suffering. No society can effectively prevent cruelty unless it makes spaying compulsory for all females released for adoption and talks spaying to every owner of a female. Even if the home is a good one in every other respect, if a...

  6. "Zwartje", "Flight of Delight" and "Chikai": Borrowed Names for Animals in Sweden

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    Contributor(s):: Katharina Leibring

    This paper deals, from a Swedish point of view, with names for domestic animals that have been borrowed from other language areas and other cultures during the last two or three centuries. There are several different reasons for animals having or being given foreign names. These include...

  7. Cats and the law: aspects of the co-authored research undertaken for International CatCare

    Contributor(s):: Diane Ryland

    This research was initially commissioned by the Feline Advisory Bureau, now International CatCare, and has resulted in both a Research Report and Plain English Guide on Cats and the Law, co-author Dr Angus Nurse, Middlesex University.

  8. Clinical animal behaviour models of stereotypic behaviour and underlying cognition

    Contributor(s):: Daniel Mills

    Bizarre repetitive behaviour may be quite common, with estimates in people and dogs of a prevalence of up to 8%. Whereas these are often considered important indicators of mental health problems in people, in companion animals, many owners view these behaviours as "quirky" or even...

  9. Our Challenge and Our Opportunity

    Contributor(s):: Coleman Burke

    The other day you probably all read of the death of Gavin Maxwell, who produced that delightful "Ring of Bright Water." He said, "Stage one on the way to understanding human beings is an understanding and affection for animals." Fit this in with the statement from Proverbs....

  10. The Urban Coyote Problem in Los Angeles County

    Contributor(s):: Robert G. Howell

    Extensive, urban development of hillside areas in Los Angeles County has created an undesirable human interface with coyotes (Canis latrans). Plentiful, readily available household garbage, pet foods, and water have spawned abnormal numbers of bold coyotes that have adopted residential properties...

  11. Transformational Solutions of Self through Companion Animals

    Contributor(s):: Jill R. Mosteller

    How consumers manage the dynamics between love and money can be intertwined in a myriad of ways. Based upon the growing presence of companion animals in U.S. households (now estimated at 62%) and related financial spend (over $50 billion in 2011) (APPA 2011), understanding consumers' identity...

  12. Dairy Cow Ownership and Child Nutritional Status in Kenya

    Contributor(s):: Charles F. Nicholson, Lucy Mwangi, Steven J. Staal and Philip K. Thornton

    This study examines the hypothesis that dairy cow ownership improves child nutritional status. Using household data from coastal and highland Kenya, three econometric model formulations are estimated. Positive impacts on chronic malnutrition are observed for coastal Kenya. No negative effects on...

  13. Urban gray squirrel damage and population management: A case history

    Contributor(s):: J. Hadidian, D. Manski, V. Flyger, C. Cox, G. Hodge

    Lafayette Park, a 3.0 hectare national park located across the street from the White House in Washington D.C., has had a gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) density as high as 50 animals/hectare. In recent years this large population caused significant damage to mature trees and other...

  14. Overabundant deer: Better management through research

    | Contributor(s):: Dwayne R. Etter, Timothy R. Van Deelen, Daniel R. Ludwig, Karmen M. Hollis, James E. Chelsvig

    Overabundance of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) continues to challenge wildlife professionals nationwide, especially in urban settings. Moreover, wildlife managers often lack general site-specific information on deer movements, survival, and reproduction that are critical for...

  15. Zinc phosphide rodenticide reduces cotton rat populations in Florida sugarcane

    | Contributor(s):: Nicholas R. Holler, David G. Decker

    Rodents cause extensive damage to sugarcane (Saccharum spp. hybrids) in southern Florida (Samol 1972). Losses have been estimated as high as $235/ha (Lefebvre et al. 1978). Cotton rats (Sigmodon hispidus) and roof rats (Rattus rattus) are responsible for most of the damage (Holler et al. 1981)....

  16. Impacts of house mouse activity on five types of insulation

    | Contributor(s):: Scott E. Hygnstrom

    House mice (mus musculus) cause a variety of problems with livestock, feed, and structures. Researchers have yet to discover an insulative material that is not susceptible to house mouse damage. In this study, house mice caused significant (P < 0.01) increases in the thermal conductance of...

  17. The role of the pest control advisor in vertrbrate pest control

    | Contributor(s):: James T. Hallett

    California State legislation as passed in 1971 established the Agricultural Pest Control Advisors Licensing program with the intent of providing agriculture with competent and professional personnel who make pest control recommendations. Today, nearly 4,000 advisors are licensed in California and...

  18. Conference participants, Fifth Vertebrate Pest Conference (1972)

    The Fifth Vertebrate Pest Conference drew a registered attendance of 239 with an estimated additional 50-75 persons who attended portions of the conference but did not register. As in past conferences, the attendance was made up of individuals having varying interests in vertebrate pest problems...

  19. Animal damage control - now and in the future

    | Contributor(s):: James F. Gillett

    I am pleased to have the opportunity to speak to you today on behalf of the Department of the Interior's Fish and Wildlife Service. I believe animal damage control is an element of a comprehensive wild life management program. It deals with population dynamics, mortality factors, and other...

  20. Coyote attacks: An increasing suburban problem

    | Contributor(s):: Robert M. Timm, Rex O. Baker, Joe R. Bennett, Craig C. Coolahan

    Coyote attacks on humans and pets have increased within the past 5 years in California. We discuss documented occurrences of coyote aggression and attacks on people, using data from USDA Wildlife Services, the California Department of Fish & Game, and other sources. Forty-eight such attacks on...