The emotional lives of companion animals: attachment and subjective claims by owners of cats and dogs
Contributor(s):: Martens, P., Enders-Slegers, M. J., Walker, J. K.
There is a growing body of scientific evidence supporting the existence of emotions in nonhuman animals. Companion-animal owners show a strong connection and attachment to their animals and readily assign emotions to them. In this paper we present information on how the attachment level of...
Determinants of individual attitudes toward animal welfare-friendly food products
Contributor(s):: Cembalo, L., Caracciolo, F., Lombardi, A., Giudice, T. del, Grunert, K. G., Cicia, G.
Animal welfare involves societal and human values, ethical concerns and moral considerations since it incorporates the belief of what is right or what is wrong in animal treatment and care. This paper aims to ascertain whether the different dimensions of individual attitudes toward animal welfare...
Fossil dogs and wolves from Palaeolithic sties in Belgium, the Ukraine and Russia :osteometry, ancient DNA and stable isotopes
Contributor(s):: Germonpré, Mietje
War and its Bestiality: Animals and their Fate during the Fighting in France, 1940
Contributor(s):: Alexander, Martin S.
Wintertime use of natural versus artificial shelter by cattle in nature reserves in temperate areas
Contributor(s):: Laer, E. van, Ampe, B., Moons, C., Sonck, B., Tuyttens, F. A. M.
The current study contributes scientific observation to the ongoing debate about whether and when artificial shelter (man-made), in addition to natural shelter (vegetation), should be provided to cattle grazing in nature reserves during temperate winters. In several year-round grazing projects in...
Le jardin zoologique et le rapport à la faune sauvage: gestion des « collections zoologiques » au zoo d'Anvers (1843 - vers 2000)
Contributor(s):: Pouillard, Violette
Critical evaluation of the environment in Belgian dog breeding kennels during the puppies' socialization period
Contributor(s):: Meester, R. de, Moons, C., Bree, H. van, Coopman, F.
Different authors emphasize the role of an appropriate early environment during the juvenile period in the prevention of behavioral problems in puppies. In the present study, the authors investigate whether the conditions in which Belgian breeders raise and sell puppies meet the recommendations...
Exposure to pets and the association with sensitization and allergic disease in Belgian schoolchildren
Contributor(s):: Van Gysel, D., Govaere, E., Verhamme, K., Doli, E., De Baets, F.
Preventing dog bite injuries: the need for a collaborative approach
Contributor(s):: Keuster, T. de, Overall, K. L.
This article discusses an open-minded multidisciplinary approach for preventing primary and secondary dog bites. This approach is based on the recognition of the interaction between the dog, human and environment in which they interact. Focus is given on the analysis of problem or potential...
Citizens' views on farm animal welfare and related information provision: exploratory insights from Flanders, Belgium
Contributor(s):: Vanhonacker, F., Poucke, E. van, Tuyttens, F., Verbeke, W.
The results of two independent empirical studies with Flemish citizens were combined to address the problem of a short fall of information provision about higher welfare products. The research objectives were (1) to improve our understanding of how citizens conceptualize farm animal welfare, (2)...
Ethical challenges for livestock production: meeting consumer concerns about meat safety and animal welfare
Contributor(s):: Verbeke, W. A. J., Viaene, J.
Livestock production today faces the difficult task of effectively meeting emerging consumer concerns while remaining competitive in major target markets. Meeting consumer concerns about product safety and animal welfare are identified as key attention points for future livestock production. The...
Sustainable food consumption: exploring the consumer "attitude-behavioral intention" gap
Contributor(s):: Vermeir, I., Verbeke, W.
Although public interest in sustainability increases and consumer attitudes are mainly positive, behavioural patterns are not univocally consistent with attitudes. This study investigates the presumed gap between favourable attitude towards sustainable behaviour and behavioural intention to...
The concept of farm animal welfare: citizen perceptions and stakeholder opinion in Flanders, Belgium
Contributor(s):: Vanhonacker, F., Verbeke, W., Poucke, E. van, Pieniak, Z., Nijs, G., Tuyttens, F.
Several attempts to conceptualize farm animal welfare have been criticized for diverging reasons, among them often the failure to incorporate the public concern and opinion. This paper's objective is to develop a conception of farm animal welfare that starts from the public's perception and...
Preventing dog bites with the help of the Blue Dog
Reaction of the veterinarian and the animal behaviour therapist confronted with a potentially problematic family situation of a client
Contributor(s):: Meester, R. de, Hoey, K. van
The relationship between animal abuse and domestic violence or child abuse is discussed. The legal framework in Belgium regarding the obligation to report intrafamilial violence and extrafamilial child abuse is outlined, as well as legal options for interaction when dogs are used to intimidate...
Cortisol and behavioral responses of working dogs to environmental challenges
Contributor(s):: Haverbeke, A., Diederich, C., Depiereux, E., Giffroy, J. M.
This paper's primary objective is to analyse the physiological (cortisol) and behavioral responses of military working dogs (MWD). Dogs (N=27) were submitted twice to environmental challenges (challenge 1 and 2, 20 days in-between) composed of social (training), visual (mobile toy car) and...
Farmers' relationship with different animals: the importance of getting close to the animals - case studies of French, Swedish and Dutch cattle, pig and poultry farmers. (Special issue: Competing discourses of farm animal welfare and agri-food restru
Contributor(s):: Bock, B. B., Huik, M. M. van, Prutzer, M., Eveillard, F. K., Dockes, A.
This article seeks to provide a deeper understanding of the factors that influence farmers' relations with animals and focuses on the relevance of sector (e.g. beef or dairy cattle), animal species, housing systems and any national differences. It seeks to draw out how the relationship between...
Studies on the formation of ungrazed eliminative areas in fields used by horses
Contributor(s):: Odberg, F. O., Francis-Smith, K.
Horses accepted cut grass from areas left ungrazed and used for elimination as long as faeces were not present. This indicated that aversion to faeces rather than a difference in palatability led to ungrazed areas in pastures.
Comparison between 28 zoological parks: stereotypic and social behaviours of captive brown bears ( Ursus arctos )
Contributor(s):: Montaudouin, S., Pape, G. le
In the present study we compared 33 enclosures in 28 parks, with a total of 66 bears. We chose direct observation of behaviour rather than surveys. Each enclosure was observed during one day; stereotypies and social relationships were qualitatively noted in types and amount. The connections of...
The quality of the relation between handler and military dogs influences efficiency and welfare of dogs
Contributor(s):: Lefebvre, D., Diederich, C., Delcourt, M., Giffroy, J. M.
Over the last 10 years, the influence of the dog-owner relationship on dog behaviour has received growing attention, unlike the working dog handler's relationship. Using a questionnaire addressed to the 430 dog handlers of the Belgian army in 2001 (303 respondents), this study investigated the...