Communication between animals and humans: language, understanding and matters of attitude in human-animal interaction
Contributor(s):: Sandra Grötsch
Sandra Grötsch, University of Oulu, Finland Conversation strategies between animals and humans. Language,understanding and matters of attitude in human-animal interaction. Literature and especially fantasy literature provides us with numerous examples of conversation types between animals...
Art, Artistic Research, and the Animal Question
Contributor(s):: Helena Pedersen
Recent developments in cultural studies and other areas of the humanities and social sciences point to an ‘animal turn’, an increasing interest in posthumanist, non-anthropocentric approaches toward exploring the multiple roles and meanings of animals in human lifeworlds. This paper...
Wildlife and Human-Impact of the Closer Encounter: Indonesia Case
Contributor(s):: Ani Mardiastuti
Human and wildlife formerly live in a relatively disjunct, non-overlapping environment, in the past several decades. However, various human activities has shrunk the wildlife habitat and made the sylvatic habitat closer to human environment, through human induced disturbances to biodiversity...
Prehistoric reindeer hunting in the southern Norwegian highlands
Contributor(s):: Sveinung Bang-Andersen
In contrast to the European alpine areas and lowland plains, where Rangifer tarandus L. became extinct during the final Late Glacial, the species has survived in a wild state in relatively unchanged natural environments in parts of the southern Norwegian highlands. As a consequence, reindeer...
Living together in an urban world: urbanisation and its implications for human-wildlife interactions
Contributor(s):: Darryl Noel Jones
The process of urbanisation has been identified as the most prominent cause of extinctions in the present century. Given that most people on earth now live in large cities, the acceleration on habitat alteration due to the spread of cities is likely to have profound implications on both...
Understanding Guide Dog Team Interactions: Design Opportunities to Support Work and Play
Contributor(s):: Sabrina Hauser, Ron Wakkary, Carman Neustaedter
The visually impaired have been a longstanding and wellrecognized user group addressed in the field of Human- Computer Interaction (HCI). Recently, the study of sighted dog owners and their pets has gained interest in HCI. Despite this, there is a noticeable gap in the field with regards to...
Healing Therapy: A New Role for Man's Best Friend (Report of June 12, 2014 Conference)
This is the summary of the second conference hosted by the Bob Woodward Foundation on the potential use of service dogs to treat Veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). The first was held in December of 2013.The Executive SummaryOn June 12, 2014,...
Healing Therapy: A New Role for Man's Best Friend (Report of December 4, 2013 Conference)
This is the report summarizing presentations and discussions at the December 4, 2013 conference hosted jointly by the Bob Woodruff Foundation and the National Intrepid Center for Excellence (NICoE; associated with Walter Reed Army Medical Center, located in Bethesda, MD). The conclusions...
What You Can and Can't Learn From a Pet Food Label
Contributor(s):: Angela Witzel
Helping Client Manage the Aggressive Dog
Contributor(s):: Julia Albright
Our Pet Population Explosion and Operation SPARED
Contributor(s):: Kay Clausing
All humane societies are dedicated to preventing cruelty and suffering. No society can effectively prevent cruelty unless it makes spaying compulsory for all females released for adoption and talks spaying to every owner of a female. Even if the home is a good one in every other respect, if a...
"Nobody Wants to Eat Them Alive:" Ethical Dilemmas and Dual Media Narratives on Domestic Rabbits as Pets and Commodity
Contributor(s):: Gayane F. Torosyan, Brian Lowe
Using semiotic analysis, this study explores changes occurring in the societal perception of rabbits as farm animals as juxtaposed to their increasing popularity as domestic companions. This study is based on a preliminary hypothesis that rabbits are increasingly perceived and portrayed in media...
"Zwartje", "Flight of Delight" and "Chikai": Borrowed Names for Animals in Sweden
Contributor(s):: Katharina Leibring
This paper deals, from a Swedish point of view, with names for domestic animals that have been borrowed from other language areas and other cultures during the last two or three centuries. There are several different reasons for animals having or being given foreign names. These include...
Cats and the law: aspects of the co-authored research undertaken for International CatCare
Contributor(s):: Diane Ryland
This research was initially commissioned by the Feline Advisory Bureau, now International CatCare, and has resulted in both a Research Report and Plain English Guide on Cats and the Law, co-author Dr Angus Nurse, Middlesex University.
Clinical animal behaviour models of stereotypic behaviour and underlying cognition
Contributor(s):: Daniel Mills
Bizarre repetitive behaviour may be quite common, with estimates in people and dogs of a prevalence of up to 8%. Whereas these are often considered important indicators of mental health problems in people, in companion animals, many owners view these behaviours as "quirky" or even...
The Urban Coyote Problem in Los Angeles County
Contributor(s):: Robert G. Howell
Extensive, urban development of hillside areas in Los Angeles County has created an undesirable human interface with coyotes (Canis latrans). Plentiful, readily available household garbage, pet foods, and water have spawned abnormal numbers of bold coyotes that have adopted residential properties...
Transformational Solutions of Self through Companion Animals
Contributor(s):: Jill R. Mosteller
How consumers manage the dynamics between love and money can be intertwined in a myriad of ways. Based upon the growing presence of companion animals in U.S. households (now estimated at 62%) and related financial spend (over $50 billion in 2011) (APPA 2011), understanding consumers' identity...
Dairy Cow Ownership and Child Nutritional Status in Kenya
Contributor(s):: Charles F. Nicholson, Lucy Mwangi, Steven J. Staal and Philip K. Thornton
This study examines the hypothesis that dairy cow ownership improves child nutritional status. Using household data from coastal and highland Kenya, three econometric model formulations are estimated. Positive impacts on chronic malnutrition are observed for coastal Kenya. No negative effects on...
DNA detection of foxes to prevent establishment in Tasmania
Contributor(s):: Stephen D. Sarre, Rachel Walsch, Niccy Aitken, Alison Foster, Nick Mooney
The red fox (Vulpes vulpes) has wreaked havoc on mainland Australia’s environment and agricultural production since its introduction in the 1870s. Over the same period, the southern Australian island State of Tasmania has remained virtually fox-free, allowing its unique biodiversity to remain...
Cougar predation on livestock in New Mexico, January 1983 through June 1984
Contributor(s):: Gary A. Littauer, Ronald J. White
A telephone survey was conducted in which the objective was to obtain information from the entire population of livestock producers in New Mexico who had losses to cougars (Felis concolor) in 1983 and the first six months of 1984. A total of 103 ranchers reported losses in 1983 and 60 reported...