"Gift giving" by wild bottle-nose dolphins (Tursiops sp.) to humans at a wild dolphin provisioning program, Tangalooma, Australia
Contributor(s):: Holmes, B. J., Neil, D. T.
A breeding goal to improve the welfare of sheep
Contributor(s):: Scobie, D. R., Bray, A. R., O'Connell, D.
This paper examines the practical and welfare implications of breeding a polled sheep with a short tail, devoid of wool on the head, legs, belly and breech, which has been proposed as a breeding goal (Scobie et al., Proceedings of the New Zealand Society of Animimal Production 57 (1997) 84-87)....
A cross-sectional study of horse-related injuries in veterinary and animal science students at an Australian university
Contributor(s):: Riley, C. B., Liddiard, J. R., Thompson, K.
Specific estimates of the risk of horse-related injury (HRI) to university students enrolled in veterinary and animal sciences have not been reported. This study aimed to determine the risk of student HRI during their university education, the nature and management of such injuries. A...
A different cut? Comparing attitudes toward animals and propensity for aggression within two primary industry cohorts - farmers and meatworkers
Contributor(s):: Richards, E., Signal, T., Taylor, N.
A note on changes in ingestive behaviour of sheep following shearing
Contributor(s):: Arnold, G. W.
The grazing behaviour and herbage intake of sheep grazing at 4 stocking rates were recorded before and after shearing in winter. Following shearing, grazing time was reduced but intake of OM/h increased at all stocking rates even though the amount of feed available was very low at the highest...
A note on indoor and outdoor housing preferences of common marmosets ( Callithrix jacchus )
Contributor(s):: Pines, M. K., Kaplan, G., Rogers, L. J.
This study examined the preferences of six pairs of common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus) from the colony at the University of New England, Australia, between their home cage and either a large, enriched, indoor room or a smaller outdoor cage. When given free access to move between their home...
A note on the force of whip impacts delivered by jockeys using forehand and backhand strikes
Contributor(s):: McGreevy, P. D., Hawson, L. A., Salvin, H., McLean, A. N.
The Australian Racing Board makes a distinction under its Rules of Racing concerning whip use between forehand and backhand whip action that is critically important: before the final 100 m of a race, the whip shall be used in a forehand manner neither in consecutive strides nor on more than 5...
A pet for the children: factors related to family pet ownership
Contributor(s):: Fifield, S. J., Forsyth, D. K.
The demographic variables related to pet ownership in New Zealand families of 8-12 -year-olds were investigated. Questionnaire surveys were used to establish data from 312 families of primary school children. Family composition, reasons for pet acquisition, and the advantages and disadvantages of...
A report of capture myopathy in the Tasmanian pademelon ( Thylogale billardierii)
Contributor(s):: McMahon, C. R., Wiggins, N. L., French, V., McCallum, H. I., Bowman, D.
A review of behavioral assessment protocols used by Australian animal shelters to determine the adoption suitability of dogs
Contributor(s):: Mornement, K. M., Coleman, G. J., Toukhsati, S., Bennett, P. C.
Shelter dogs typically undergo preadoption assessment for suitability as companions. Dogs who pass are available for adoption. Available resources determine whether dogs who fail are euthanized or rehabilitated. Accurate assessment of shelter-dog behavior is imperative to protect community...
A review of mulesing and other methods to control flystrike (cutaneous myiasis) in sheep
Contributor(s):: Phillips, C. J. C.
Flystrike (cutaneous myiasis) in sheep has the potential to have a major impact on the welfare of significant numbers of sheep worldwide, but particularly in Australia. The main control method used in Australia, the mulesing operation to remove folds of skin from the hindquarters of the sheep, is...
A review of the relationship between indigenous Australians, dingoes ( Canis dingo ) and domestic dogs ( Canis familiaris )
Contributor(s):: Smith, B. P., Litchfield, C. A.
Canids form a large part of Indigenous Australian life and mythology, an association first developed with the dingo, and later with the domestic dog. The relationship between canids and Indigenous Australians is intricate, but unique in that these peoples never domesticated the wild dingo....
A survey of dog ownership in suburban Australia - conditions and behaviour problems
Contributor(s):: Kobelt, A. J., Hemsworth, P. H., Barnett, J. L., Coleman, G. J.
There has been an increasing emphasis in Australia on confining dogs to owner's properties (household backyards) as a solution to problems of dog aggression. Therefore, there is a need to determine the social and physical conditions that make up the dog's backyard environment and how these...
A survey of public attitudes towards barking dogs in New Zealand
Contributor(s):: Flint, E. L., Minot, E. O., Perry, P. E., Stafford, K. J.
AIMS: To investigate public attitudes towards barking dogs in New Zealand in order to quantify the extent to which people perceive barking dogs to be a problem, to compare tolerance of barking with that of other common suburban noises, to assess the level of public understanding about the...
Addressing pain caused by mulesing in sheep. (Special Issue: Pain in farm animals.)
Contributor(s):: Fisher, A. D.
The surgical operation of mulesing cuts wool-bearing and wrinkled skin from the perineal region and adjoining hindquarters of Australian Merino sheep, and has been shown in combination with tail docking to provide significantly enhanced protection against flystrike for the remainder of the...
Admissions of cats to animal welfare shelters in Melbourne, Australia
Contributor(s):: Marston, L. C., Bennett, P. C.
Although the number of companion animal (pet) cats (Felis catus) in Australia is decreasing, there has not been a corresponding reduction in feline admissions to nonhuman animal welfare shelters. This study tracked 15,206 cat admissions to 1 large Melbourne shelter over a 12-month period. Data...
Adopting shelter dogs: owner experiences of the first month post-adoption
Contributor(s):: Marston, L. C., Bennett, P. C., Coleman, G. J.
A number of studies have examined factors associated with the relinquishment of pet dogs to animal welfare shelters. In Australia, however, there has been little investigation of new owners' experiences when they subsequently adopt one of these dogs. To address this, telephone interviews were...
An empirical case study examining effectiveness of environmental enrichment in two captive Australian Sea Lions ( Neophoca cinerea )
This case study examined the effect of environmental enrichment on the activity budgets of a male and female Australian Sea Lion (Neophoca cinerea) housed together at Adelaide Zoo. Using non-food-related (intrinsic) and food-related (extrinsic) enrichment objects, the study conducted an ABABA...
An evaluation of a pet ownership education program for school children
Contributor(s):: Coleman, G. J., Hall, M. J., Hay, M.
Children aged 5 to 6 years are disproportionately susceptible to dog bite attacks relative to the adult population and there is a need to provide them with well-validated education programs to teach correct behaviour when interacting with dogs. The main aim of this study was to assess the...
An evaluation of dog-assisted therapy for residents of aged care facilities with dementia
Contributor(s):: Travers, C., Perkins, J., Rand, J., Bartlett, H., Morton, J.