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  1. Parents' and facilitators' perceptions of children with autism spectrum disorder in an equine-assisted learning programme

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    Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) currently affects an estimated 1:68 children globally and is the second most common disability worldwide. ASD is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterised by abnormal social behaviour, delays in language, sensory processing difficulties and restricted and...

  2. Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) : what is it?

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    This study focuses on existing research into the field of animal-assisted therapy (AAT) and attempts to provide a clear answer as to what animal-assisted therapy (AAT) is. In addition, the limitations of current research, as well as future opportunities for research in this field and some...

  3. The relationship between pet attachment, perceived stress and life satisfaction: An online survey

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    International research on pet ownership has found a wide array of physical, psychological and social benefits as a result of human-animal interaction (HAI) (Beetz, Uvnäs-Moberg, Julius, & Kotrschal, 2012). In spite of South Africa’s declining economic situation, South Africa has...

  4. The Frequencies of Immunosuppressive Cells in Adipose Tissue Differ in Human, Non-human Primate, and Mouse Models

    Journal Articles

  5. And in the Middle of My Chaos There Was You?-Dog Companionship and Its Impact on the Assessment of Stressful Situations

    Journal Articles

  6. Is there a Profile of Spontaneous Seizure-Alert Pet Dogs? A Survey of French People with Epilepsy

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    Despite controversies and the lack of research, dogs are empirically selected and trained to perform as service dogs, in relation to the dogs’ and future owners’ characteristics. We assessed the characteristics of both humans and dogs in an unbiased population (not selected or...

  7. Broadcasting human voice to piglets (sus scrofa domestica) modifies their behavioural reaction to human presence in the home pen and in arena tests

    Journal Articles

  8. A One Health Research Framework for Animal-Assisted Interventions

    Journal Articles

  9. On the Origins of Animalist Marxism: Rereading Ted Benton and the Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844

    Journal Articles

  10. Naturecultures and the affective (dis)entanglements of happy meat

    Journal Articles

  11. Marx and Alienated Speciesism

    Journal Articles

  12. Longitudinal effects of human supremacy beliefs and vegetarianism threat on moral exclusion (vs. inclusion) of animals

    Journal Articles

  13. Herd-level associations between human-animal relationship, management, fecal cortisol metabolites, and udder health of organic dairy cows

    Journal Articles

  14. “Hay-bags” and “Slow feeders”: Testing their impact on horse behaviour and welfare

    Journal Articles

    The temporal distribution of feeding behaviour is of primary importance in grazing herbivores. Many domestic horses are managed under conditions far removed from the natural environment. For example, restricted access to roughage may induce health problems such as gastric ulceration, but also be...

  15. How to measure dairy cows’ responsiveness towards humans in breeding and welfare assessment? A comparison of selected behavioural measures and existing breeding traits

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    For dairy cattle breeding as well as animal welfare science reliability and validity issues regarding measures of cows’ responsiveness towards humans are relevant. The objective of this study was to investigate reliability and validity aspects of four selected behavioural measures at the feeding...

  16. Longitudinal study on human-related behaviour in horses—Can horses (Equus caballus) be de-domesticated?

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    In the present study, we hypothesise that persistent avoidance of human would confirm de-domestication process in semi-feral horses. Fifty-three Konik polski horses (stable-born: SB, N1=27 and forest-born: FB, N2=26), additionally handled for 5 or 15days after weaning, were evaluated. Human...

  17. Rider impacts on equitation

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    Equestrianism is popular worldwide, with millions of horses and riders participating in competitive horse sports and non-competitive leisure riding. Riders have a duty of care or responsibility for their horses and should aim to optimise their health and welfare. Despite this, limited research...

  18. Aversiveness of husbandry procedures for pre-weaned foals: A comparison using behavioural and physiological indices

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    Husbandry procedures are necessary for different purposes in horse breeding. The aim of the present study was to assess the aversiveness and effects on the horse-human relationship of a range of common husbandry procedures, in pre-weaned non-habituated Konik polski foals. Our measures included...

  19. Dogs’ coping styles and dog-handler relationships influence avalanche search team performance

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    Avalanche search dogs are valuable resources in the event of environmental disasters. The aim of this study was to determine whether dog search strategies and dynamics of interaction with his handler influence team performance during a simulated avalanche search trial. This consisted in...

  20. Is there a relationship between attitudes of shelter staff to cats and the cats’ approach behaviour?

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    One aspect of welfare that is measured in protocols used for the assessment of farm animal welfare is the human-animal relationship. The aim of the present study was to develop a ‘human approach test’ to measure the human-animal relationship in shelter cats and to investigate aspects of...