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Genetic improvement of the horse (Chapter 17)
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26 Feb 2013 | Book Sections | Contributor(s): T. Arnason, L. Dale Van Vleck
From the time man domesticated horses some 5000-6000 years ago, horses have been subject to many forms of artificial selection that have resulted in gradual genetic changes. Differences found among …
Why the question of animal consciousness might not matter very much
17 Dec 2012 | Book Sections | Contributor(s): Peter Carruthers
According to higher-order thought accounts of phenomenal consciousness (e.g. Carruthers, 2000) it is unlikely that many non-human animals undergo phenomenally conscious experiences. Many people …
The human-dog relationship: a tale of two species
15 Jun 2012 | Book Sections | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck, C. N.L. Macpherson (editor), F. X. Meslin (editor), Alexander I. Wandeler (editor)
It is common that different species of animals may share the same environment and often benefit from each other’s presence. They may follow one another for food, or flee together even when only …
People as social actors in the world of farm animals
15 Jun 2012 | Book Sections | Contributor(s): Jeffrey Rushen, Anne Marie de Passille, Lene Munksgaard, Hajima Tanida, L. J. Keeling (editor), H. W. Gonyou (editor)
It is generally accepted that the behaviour of companion animals and that of their owners is closely connected, but this is much less appreciated for farm animals. Recently, the marked effect that …
The land ethic? Tourism's non-human actors
15 Jun 2012 | Book Sections | Contributor(s): Derek R. Hall, Frances Brown
The philosophy of this chapter is consonant with the ‘land ethic’ of American ecologist Aldo Leopold (1949/1968), which conceives of enlarging – both spatially and morally – the boundaries of …
Living with a deaf dog or cat
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17 May 2012 | Book Sections | Contributor(s): George M Strain
Living with and training a deaf dog or cat can be a greater challenge than is the case with their hearing brethren. The experience is easier with animals that lose hearing after normal postnatal …
The use of animals to benefit humans: Animal-assisted therapy
09 Feb 2012 | Book Sections | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck, Aubrey H. Fine (editor), Alan M. Beck
from Handbook of Animal-Assisted Therapy by Aubrey H. Fine.