The welfare and suitability of primates kept as pets
Contributor(s):: Soulsbury, C. D., Iossa, G., Kennell, S., Harris, S.
Amid growing concern about keeping exotic species as companion animals, nonhuman primates have been highlighted as inappropriate for private ownership. However, there has been no comprehensive review of the suitability of primates as pets, using a framework such as Schuppli and Fraser's (2000)....
A comparison of handling methods relevant to the religious slaughter of sheep
Contributor(s):: Bates, L. S. W., Ford, E. A., Brown, S. N., Richards, G. J., Hadley, P. J., Wotton, S. B., Knowles, T. G.
Legislation governing non-stun slaughter of sheep in England requires that they are individually and mechanically restrained for slaughter and not moved for at least 20 s post neck cut, until unconsciousness or insensibility occurs. Complying with the need for individual handling, in what is a...
Owner perceptions of companion dog expressions of positive emotional states and the contexts in which they occur
Contributor(s):: Buckland, E. L., Volk, H. A., Burn, C. C., Abeyesinghe, S. M.
Promotion of positive experiences in companion animals is essential for maximising good welfare. However, the dearth of published literature on the experience and expression of positive emotional states in companion dogs suggests they are less well understood than negative emotions. Owner...
Pre-feeding behaviour in UK leisure horses and associated feeding routine risk factors
Contributor(s):: Hockenhull, J., Creighton, E.
Many horses display unwanted behaviour prior to receiving concentrate feed or forage. These behaviours have received relatively little scientific attention as a distinct group of equine behaviour problems and risk factors for their performance have not been quantified. The objective of this study...
A brief note on the information-seeking behavior of UK leisure horse owners
Equine welfare charities have identified the education of (primarily novice) horse owners as the principal route to tackling the majority of equine welfare problems in the United Kingdom. To reach and educate owners effectively, we must understand where they seek advice about issues that arise...
Does the current regulation of assisted reproductive techniques in the UK safeguard animal welfare?
Contributor(s):: Campbell, M. L. H.
Reproductive medicine is one of the fastest developing fields of veterinary medicine. Regulation of veterinary-assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) is currently divided between the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act (1986), the Veterinary Surgeons Act (1966), and the Animal Welfare Act...
Implementing Welfare Quality in UK assurance schemes: evaluating the challenges
Contributor(s):: Heath, C. A. E., Lin, Y., Mullan, S., Browne, W. J., Main, D. C. J.
This paper presents an account of a Welfare Quality assessment of 92 dairy farms carried out by seven experienced assessors. The aim was to evaluate the potential of the Welfare Quality assessment protocol with respect to its uptake by UK farm assurance schemes. Data collection, and measure...
Prioritisation of companion dog welfare issues using expert consensus
Contributor(s):: Buckland, E. L., Corr, S. A., Abeyesinghe, S. M., Wathes, C. M.
Resources for tackling animal welfare issues are often limited. Obtaining a consensus of expert opinion on the most pressing issues to address is a valuable approach to try to ensure that resources are wisely spent. In this study, seven independent experts in a range of disciplines (including...
Re-capturing bovine life: robot-cow relationships, freedom and control in dairy farming
Contributor(s):: Holloway, L., Bear, C., Wilkinson, K.
Robotic milking machines are novel technologies that take over the labour of dairy farming and reduce the need for human-animal interactions. Replacing 'conventional' twice-a-day milking managed by people with a system that supposedly allows cows the freedom to be milked automatically whenever...
Research on the human-animal bond
Contributor(s):: Sinclair, D., Harbottle, M., Green, R.
Welfare of non-traditional pets
Contributor(s):: Schuppli, C. A., Fraser, D., Bacon, H. J.
The keeping of non-traditional or 'exotic' pets has been growing in popularity worldwide. In addition to the typical welfare challenges of keeping more traditional pet species like dogs and cats, ensuring the welfare of non-traditional pets is complicated by factors such as lack of knowledge,...
"The illustrious stranger": hippomania and the nature of the exotic
Contributor(s):: Flack, A. J. P.
"What do animals mean to you?": naming and relating to nonhuman animals
Contributor(s):: Sealey, A., Charles, N.
'Bling with bite' - the rise of status and weapon dogs
Contributor(s):: Harding, S.
A cross-sectional study of frequency and factors associated with dog walking in 9-10 year old children in Liverpool, UK
| Contributor(s):: Westgarth, C., Boddy, L. M., Stratton, G., German, A. J., Gaskell, R. M., Coyne, K. P., Bundred, P., McCune, S., Dawson, S.
Background Owning a pet dog could potentially improve child health through encouraging participation in physical activity, through dog walking. However, evidence to support this is limited and conflicting. In particular, little is known about children’s participation in dog walking and...
A survey of stakeholders' opinions on the priority issues affecting the welfare of companion dogs in Great Britain
| Contributor(s):: Buckland, E. L., Whiting, M. C., Abeyesinghe, S. M., Asher, L., Corr, S., Wathes, C. M.
Children, parents, and pets exercising together (CPET) randomised controlled trial: study rationale, design, and methods
| Contributor(s):: Yam, P. S., Morrison, R., Penpraze, V., Westgarth, C., Ward, D. S., Mutrie, N., Hutchison, P., Young, D., Reilly, J. J.
Exploring opportunities to do things differently
| Contributor(s):: Gibbens, N.
Immunocastration with Improvac TM reduces aggressive and sexual behaviours in male pigs
| Contributor(s):: Brewster, V., Nevel, A.
Observing lame sheep: evaluating test agreement between group-level and individual animal methods of assessment
| Contributor(s):: Phythian, C. J., Cripps, P. C., Grove-White, D., Jones, P. H., Michalopoulou, E., Duncan, J. S.