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  1. What's in a name? Perceptions of stray and feral cat welfare and control in Aotearoa, New Zealand

    Contributor(s):: Farnworth, M. J., Campbell, J., Adams, N. J.

    New Zealanders (n=354) rated the acceptability of lethal and nonlethal cat control methods and the importance of conservation and welfare. Lethal control was more acceptable for feral cats than strays; for nonlethal control, the inverse was true. More than concern for the welfare of cats...

  2. Willingness to pay: Australian consumers and "on the farm" welfare

    Contributor(s):: Taylor, N., Signal, T. D.

    The success of welfare legislation for nonhuman animals rests upon primary producer compliance that, in turn, is affected by public willingness to pay (WTP) for such initiatives. Although the topic of the welfare of animals on farms (and relevant legislation) is becoming increasingly important to...

  3. Companion animals and wellbeing when living with HIV in Australia

    Contributor(s):: Hutton, V. E.

    The aim of this study was to examine the impact of companion animals on wellbeing amongst individuals living with HIV in Australia. It was hypothesized that participants living with a companion animal would report greater emotional wellbeing than those who did not. It was also hypothesized that...

  4. Environmental duty of care: from ethical principle towards a code of practice for the grazing industry in Queensland (Australia)

    Contributor(s):: Greiner, R.

    Among the options of government for reducing negative environmental externalities from agriculture is the institution of a polluter statutory liability. An environmental duty of care imposes a statutory liability on agents who interact with the environment to avoid causing environmental harm....

  5. Living with wild dogs: personality dimensions in captive dingoes ( Canis dingo) and implications for ownership

    Contributor(s):: Smith, B. P.

    Despite the commonly held belief that wild canines do not make "good" household companions, many people choose to live with them. The aim of the present study was to investigate owner-rated personality in a population of dingoes living as companion animals. Owners recruited from a registered...

  6. Resources and their distribution can influence social behaviour at translocation sites: lessons from a lizard

    Contributor(s):: Ebrahimi, M., Bull, C. M.

    In a translocation programme, social interactions among released individuals can influence the tendency for the individuals to remain at the site where they have been released. Dispersal away from the region of release may reduce the success of a translocation because dispersing individuals may...

  7. 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...

  8. Animal hoarding in Victoria, Australia: an exploratory study

    Contributor(s):: Ockenden, E. M., Groef, B. de, Marston, L.

    Animal hoarding not only presents significant welfare issues for the animals involved, but also for the hoarders and people in the surrounding community. Existing studies on the issue have primarily been undertaken in the USA and little is known about animal hoarding in other countries, including...

  9. Barking in home alone suburban dogs ( Canis familiaris) in New Zealand

    Contributor(s):: Flint, E. L., Minot, E. O., Stevenson, M., Perry, P. E., Stafford, K. J.

    The aim of this study was to establish expected average parameters for barking in normal suburban dogs in New Zealand (defined as dogs with no history of problem or nuisance barking) that are left alone for 8 hours during the day, with indoor/outdoor access, and are walked daily. Parameters...

  10. Camels out of place and time: the dromedary ( Camelus dromedarius) in Australia

    Contributor(s):: Crowley, S. L.

    The deserts of the Australian outback are ideal territories for dromedary camels, Camelus dromedarius. Dromedaries' flexible adaptations allow them to eat 80% of Australian plant species and they obtain much of their water through ingesting vegetation; they thrive where other species perish. In...

  11. Development of a novel paradigm for the measurement of olfactory discrimination in dogs ( Canis familiaris): a pilot study

    Contributor(s):: Salvin, H. E., McGrath, C., McGreevy, P. D., Valenzuela, M. J.

    Olfactory dysfunction in older human beings has been shown to be associated with an increased risk of cognitive decline, yet age-related changes in olfactory behavior have received little attention in the dog model of human aging. We developed an odor habituation and fine odor discrimination...

  12. Development of the behavioural assessment for re-homing K9's (B.A.R.K.) protocol

    Contributor(s):: Mornement, K. M., Coleman, G. J., Toukhsati, S., Bennett, P. C.

    Globally, millions of dogs enter the welfare shelter system each year. Before being made available for adoption dogs are typically screened for their suitability as companions by way of a "temperament test" or behavioural assessment. In Australia, the majority of dogs that fail their behavioural...

  13. Effect of captivity and management on behaviour of the domestic ferret ( Mustela putorius furo)

    Contributor(s):: Talbot, S., Freire, R., Wassens, S.

    The domestic ferret ( Mustela putorius furo) is becoming an increasingly popular companion animal in Australia and overseas yet very little is currently known about the effects of different management factors (such as housing and enrichment) on domestic ferret behaviour and welfare. Hence, the...

  14. Encounters on the frontier: Banteng in Australia's Northern Territory

    Contributor(s):: deKoninck, V.

    This paper considers the case of an introduced species that resides in what is now a jointly managed national park in the north of tropical Australia. Banteng ( Bos javanicus) are a peculiar feral nonhuman animal in that they constitute a potential environmental threat within the domestic...

  15. Estimating the economic value of Australian stock herding dogs

    Contributor(s):: Arnott, E. R., Early, J. B., Wade, C. M., McGreevy, P. D.

    This study aimed to estimate the value of the typical Australian herding dog in terms of predicted return on investment. This required an assessment of the costs associated with owning herding dogs and estimation of the work they typically perform. Data on a total of 4,027 dogs were acquired...

  16. Self-reported comprehension ratings of dog behavior by puppy owners

    Contributor(s):: Kerswell, K. J., Bennett, P., Butler, K. L., Hemsworth, P. H.

    Dogs show a range of behaviors that reflect their emotional state. It is important that dog owners recognize these behaviors to accurately assess their dog's emotional state. We examined dog owners' self-reported comprehension (SRC) of their dog's emotional state. Eighty-nine participants...

  17. Size does matter: the effect of enclosure size on aggression and affiliation between female New Zealand White rabbits during mixing

    Contributor(s):: Valuska, A. J., Mench, J. A.

    Social enrichment is increasingly employed to improve the welfare of laboratory animals, including rabbits. However, the high levels of injurious aggression that can occur when unfamiliar adult rabbits are introduced to one another are a barrier to implementing social housing. One factor that...

  18. The relationship between responsiveness of first-lactation heifers to humans and the behavioral response to milking and milk production measures

    Contributor(s):: Sutherland, M. A., Dowling, S. K.

    The human-animal relationship can influence how an animal responds to situations involving humans and affect animal well-being and production. The objectives of this research were to (1) determine if there is a relationship between the behavioral reactivity of New Zealand dairy heifers toward...

  19. The role of gender in public perception of whether animals can experience grief and other emotions

    Contributor(s):: Walker, J. K., McGrath, N., Nilsson, D. L., Waran, N. K., Phillips, C. J. C.

    Gender plays a significant role in influencing people's attitudes toward animals, however, little is known about how it influences their attribution of emotions to animals. To investigate the role that gender plays in public attitudes toward animals' experience of emotions and beliefs about...

  20. The value of puppy raisers' assessments of potential guide dogs' behavioral tendencies and ability to graduate

    Contributor(s):: Batt, L. S., Batt, M. S., Baguley, J. A., McGreevy, P. D.

    Using logistic regression analysis, we examined the use of questionnaires to evaluate variables that predict successful completion of a guide dog training program. The model compared the questionnaire responses from individual puppy raisers (PRs) with their dog's success in the guide dog training...