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

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

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

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

  5. Marx and Alienated Speciesism

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

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

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

    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...

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

    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...

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

    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...

  11. Rider impacts on equitation

    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...

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

    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...

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

    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...

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

    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...

  15. Positive perception of human stroking by lambs: Qualitative behaviour assessment confirms previous interpretation of quantitative data

    Qualitative behaviour assessment (QBA) was used to validate previous published interpretation whether human stroking has beneficial effects on lambs prematurely separated from their mothers. For a period of 8 weeks a familiar human (FH) subjected 22 Romane lambs to a gentling treatment based on...

  16. Inconsistency in dairy calves’ responses to tests of fearfulness

    Fear is an important welfare problem for farm animals, including cattle. A variety of methods of assessing fear have been proposed, but the reliability and validity of these methods, and ways of improving these characteristics, have received little study. We conducted a series of experiments to...

  17. Identification and development of measures suitable as potential breeding traits regarding dairy cows’ reactivity towards humans

    Behavioural indicators of the human-animal relationship (HAR) are predominantly used in animal welfare science. However, the reactivity of dairy cows – as part of the HAR – is also of interest in the context of dairy breeding, due to its estimated moderate heritability. The avoidance distance...

  18. Gentle interactions decrease the fear of humans in dairy heifers independently of early experience of stroking

    The relationship of farmed animals with humans has important implications for animal welfare and productivity. To investigate the short- and long-term effect of gentle interactions (stroking, talking in a gentle voice) during different life stages on the fear of humans, we tested heifers that had...

  19. Influences on the avoidance and approach behaviour of dairy goats towards an unfamiliar human—An on-farm study

    The human-animal relationship (HAR) is an important factor for successful animal husbandry and animal welfare. Thus, the HAR is included in on-farm assessments to evaluate overall welfare. For dairy goats, validated tests to assess the HAR are lacking. The aim of the present study was to evaluate...

  20. Relationships between personality of human–dog dyads and performances in working tasks

    Improving operational performances of working dog–human dyads is receiving more and more attention. Despite this interest, the associations between human personality, dog personality, dog-human personality matching and dyad performances have rarely been addressed. This study explores the links...