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  1. Keeper/orangutan interactions at Auckland Zoo: Communication, friendship, and ethics between species

    Theses | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    This thesis is aimed at addressing debates within and beyond anthropology pertaining to humans' relationships with nonhuman great apes. Employing a hybrid methodology derived from ethnoprimatology, I use a combination of historical, ethnographic, and ethological data to examine...

  2. Behavior and personality analysis in cloned working dog candidates 복제 기능견 후보의 행동과 성격 분석

    Theses | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    Cloning specific individuals is the way to produce targeted animals. This makes newborns without surplus animals which should be adapted to new families afterwards or supported by institutions for whole life. Cloning excellent dogs had been started from this point. Many cloned dogs have been...

  3. Sugar: the first Diabetic Alert Dog in Greece | Vasilis Borobokas & Sophia Katsatos | TEDxAUAthens

    Videos | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    Ο Βασίλης Μπορομπόκας γεννήθηκε στην Αθήνα και σπούδασε...

  4. To eat or not to eat companion dogs: symbolic value of dog meat and human–dog companionship in contemporary South Korea

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    South Korea is widely regarded as a nation that eats dogs. Today, South Korean civil discourses emphasize a clear boundary between companion animals and livestock but an ethnographic approach to the South Korean dog-meat trade reveals that this taxonomy does not always represent how dogs are...

  5. The Ethical Implications of Animal Institutions | Amélie D'hers | TEDxSantaClaraUniversity

    Videos | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    Amélie D’hers, originally from Redmond, WA, is a third year at Santa Clara University majoring in Management Information Systems in the business school with a minor in Computer Science. Starting at a young age, Amélie developed a passion for animals and surrounded...

  6. Living in elephant worlds: human-elephant relations on the fringe of forest and village in Assam, Northeast India

    Theses | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    The worlds and practices of the people we study are not produced by human intention and action alone. They emerge in interaction with other organisms, materials, and forces that constitute a person’s field of relations. A multispecies or more-than-human approach to anthropology seeks to...

  7. Risky business: Causes and conservation implications of human-moor macaque (macaca maura) interactions in south Sulawesi, Indonesia

    Theses | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    Human and nonhuman primates (primates, hereafter) interact with one another in diverse ways. Although the nature of these interactions has been well documented, we still have limited insight as to why humans and primates interact in the patterns we observe. Drawing from life history theory,...

  8. Nature's disease detectives: animals | James Logan | TEDxLondon

    Videos | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    Could the solution to one of the world’s biggest killers already exist in nature? Professor James Logan answers this question, by demonstrating a surprising new way we can help diagnose and stop the spread of malaria, with help from animals. Animals are nature’s disease detectives....

  9. Assessing Pet Rabbit Welfare Based on General Discussion on Human-Animal Relationship

    Theses | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    Pets are popular worldwide, and more than half of human population keep pets. Cats and dogs have the highest percentage of being kept in households, and the population of rabbits is about one-tenth of cats or dogs. Humans’ love for pets can be dated back to Holocene when humans started to...

  10. What vaccinating vampire bats can teach us about pandemics | Daniel Streicker

    Videos | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    Could we anticipate the next big disease outbreak, stopping a virus like Ebola before it ever strikes? In this talk about frontline scientific research, ecologist Daniel Streicker takes us to the Amazon rainforest in Peru where he tracks the movement of vampire bats in order to forecast and...

  11. Using Feminist Theories to Explore Human-animal Relationships: Pigeons in the City

    Theses | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    The unequal human-animal relationships regard human beings as superior to other species. They exit in various kinds of human-animal interactions (i.e. our consumption of animal products, and our use of animals as tools or entertainment). This human-dominant relationship is the result of the...

  12. Why I Keep Ants as Pets | Mikey Bustos | TEDxUPLB

    Videos | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    Mikey Bustos was born in Toronto, Canada and started raising ants and creating ant farms in his parents' basement. It led him to create the AntsCanada Youtube channel and AntsCanada.com, both promoting the pet ant keeping hobby, myrmecology, ecology, and habitat conservation. AntsCanada has...

  13. Guide dog ownership and psychological well-being

    Theses | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    This study explored the dynamics of guide dog ownership from a psychological point of view. The research was explorative in nature and employed two historically distinct methodologies of enquiry (both quantitative and qualitative). This explorative study relied on a very comprehensive...

  14. The Influence of Perceptions, Attitudes, and Experiences on the Perceived Risks and Benefits of Free-Roaming Cats

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    Individual perceptions of free-roaming cats can vary from “voracious predators of small birds and mammals” to “cherished and beloved companion animals.” This paper focused on the influence of situational variables (e.g., experiences with outdoor cats), cognitive...

  15. The Response of LLamas (Lama Glama) to Familiar and Unfamilar Humans

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    The current study explored the response of llamas to familiar and unfamiliar humans under housing and management conditions typical of both zoological gardens and llama farms. A group of five adult llamas was exposed to three 30-min socialization sessions with one female handler, who offered...

  16. Improving ostrich welfare by developing positive human-animal interactions

    Theses | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    Animal welfare has recently gained significant attention in commercial livestock industries worldwide. Specifically, several studies involving husbandry practices with positive human-animal interactions have shown a favourable link between improved animal welfare and production. However,...

  17. THE WATCHING DOG The Animal Gaze in Jack London's "To Build a Fire"

    Theses | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    This essay examines the role of the nameless dog in Jack London’s 1908 short story “To Build a Fire”. While it is a story previously studied for its naturalist and determinist themes, this essay turns the spotlight onto the dog as a significant character that should not be...

  18. Protect Pets, Protect Families: Time for Legal Change | Mandy MacLeod | TEDxUAlberta

    Videos | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    Mandy MacLeod explores the largely unrecognized issue of the effect of domestic violence on family pets. Born in Kitchener, Ontario, Mandy studied drama and theatre performance in Calgary before attending law school at the University of Alberta. There she met her (now) husband, and the love of...

  19. La actividad física con caballos como medio terapéutico para mejorar la capacidad funcional y la calidad de vida de las personas de la Tercera Edad y de las afectadas por el síndrome de Fibromialgia

    Theses | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    El envejecimiento supone una disminución de la capacidad funcional de las personas y por consiguiente un deterioro en su calidad de vida. Del mismo modo ocurre a las personas afectadas por Fibromialgia, que por su sintomatología presentan una realidad análoga a las personas...

  20. Examining the relationship between Canis lupus familiaris and stress: An fMRI study

    Theses | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    Stress has detrimental effects on a person’s physical and mental well-being. The domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris) has demonstrated a unique capability for mediating stress, an ability that remains largely unexplained. The current study examined the relationship of dogs and stress...