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  1. Our interaction with seagulls may be why they take our chips in the first place

    Seagulls hit the news last week when a study conducted by the University of Exeter found that staring at the birds made them less likely to steal your chips. The story was on the front page of The Times, #Seagulls was trending on Twitter and Channel 4 covered it in a prime time news-segment....

  2. Pawsitive Friendships Becomes Certified Autism Center

    Pawsitive Friendships of Gilbert, Arizona, is the first organization of its kind in Arizona to have earned the Certified Autism Center™ designation (CAC). The CAC designation, granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), means that...

  3. Study: Whimpering Dog Makes Humans Feel As Sad As Sound Of Crying Baby

    A whimpering dog begging for table scraps or a content cat purring away are familiar scenes for pet owners, and most of the time they know exactly what their pets are trying to tell them. The bond between human and pet is a strong one, and now a new study conducted in Denmark...

  4. Dog owners have better heart health

    Pet owners have better heart health, particularly when those pets are dogs. This is according to a study examining the link between owning pets and heart health. The study compared the cardiovascular health scores of pet owners overall to those who did not own pets. Then it compared dog owners...

  5. Urban living leads to high crows

    Animals that do well in urban areas tend to be the ones that learn to make use of resources such as the food humans throw away. But is our food actually good for them? A new study suggests that a diet of human foods such as discarded cheeseburgers might be giving American crows living in urban...

  6. 88 percent decline of big freshwater animals

    Scientists have now quantified the global decline of big freshwater animals: From 1970 to 2012, global populations of freshwater megafauna declined by 88 percent - twice the loss of vertebrate populations on land or in the ocean. Large fish species are particularly affected.

  7. When working with animals can hurt your mental health

    While it might sound like fun to work around pets every day, veterinarians and people who volunteer at animal shelters face particular stressors that can place them at risk for depression, anxiety and even suicide.

  8. Public health has yappy hours yowling

    A Delaware public health announcement reminding residents to leave their dogs and other support animals at home when they go to restaurants could mean the end of yappy hour and other dog-friendly eatery events at the beach.

  9. Teaching compassion toward animals using robots

    What does a robotics company have to do with animal welfare? Plenty, according to the Scottish SPCA, an animal welfare organization that, as part of its mandate, runs a program called Prevention Through Education in primary schools in Scotland.

  10. What are the mental health benefits of cat ownership?

    The seminal work of Friedmann and colleagues in 1980 revealed that pet owners who had suffered a heart attack were four times more likely to survive, for at least one year, compared to non-pet owners. Since then, there has been scientific evidence that pet ownership is beneficial to...

  11. Companions in Conflict: Animals in Occupied Palestine

    In the midst of Israel's ongoing colonisation of Palestinian land, there is a tendency to overlook what, in the grand scheme of things, seems of less importance. Penny Johnson reverses this thinking in her book Companions in Conflict: Animals in Occupied Palestine and skilfully...

  12. Dogs aren't the only furry, four-legged therapists

    The residents of the Stewart Memorial Home in Tyne Valley, P.E.I., were overjoyed at the antics of a pair of unusual – but adorable – visitors that dropped in recently.  The visitors were two Nigerian dwarf goats named Gerber and Shasta. At the...

  13. Therapy Dogs at Work

    Organizations around the world continue to explore the therapeutic benefits of time spent with well-trained and amicable dogs. Some immediate benefits include companionship, soothing of frayed nerves, easing of discomfort, and a breaking down of social barriers. People with intellectual...