Dog Movie Stars and Dog Breed Popularity: A Case Study in Media Influence on Choice
| Contributor(s):: Stefano Ghirlanda, Alberto Acerbi, Harold Herzog
Fashions and fads are important phenomena that influence many individual choices. They are ubiquitous in human societies, and have recently been used as a source of data to test models of cultural dynamics. Although a few statistical regularities have been observed in fashion cycles, their...
What can the quantitative and qualitative behavioural assessment of videos of sheep moving through an autonomous data capture system tell us about welfare?
| Contributor(s):: Grant, Emily P., Brown, Amy, Wickham, Sarah L., Anderson, Fiona, Barnes, Anne L., Fleming, Patricia A., Miller, David W.
Sheep can be exposed to a variety of challenges and failure to adapt to these challenges can compromise their health and wellbeing. Regular monitoring of stock on large-scale or extensive systems may not always be possible, although recent technological advancements in automated data capture,...
Speak Softly or Carry a Big Stick?: Comparing the Approaches of The Humane Society of the United States and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
| Contributor(s):: Rachel Ruben
My thesis explores the varying methods that animal protection groups use to achieve their goal of increased protection for animals. In particular, I compare, contrast, and critique the approaches of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals...
Emotional support animal assessments: Toward a standard and comprehensive model for mental health professionals
| Contributor(s):: Younggren, Jeffrey N., Boness, Cassandra L., Bryant, Leisl M., Koocher, Gerald P.
Felino: The Philosophical Practice of Making an Interspecies Videogame
| Contributor(s):: Michelle Westerlaken, Stefano Gualeni
This paper describes the design process of an interspecies video game that has its foundations in the field of Animal-Computer Interaction (ACI), but is inspired by philosophical notions and approaches including Jos De Mul’s work on biohermeneutics (De Mul 2013), Pierce’s theory of...
Creating Junior Ethologists
| Contributor(s):: Farenga, Stephen J., Joyce, Beverly A., Ness, Daniel
Media, Mental Health and Man's Best Friend
| Contributor(s):: Suzanne Spinosa
Using two media newspaper publications as a means of archival data, this paper proposed that the shift in perception of animals in mental health setting has changed over time. There is now data examining the role of animals in a human's well-being and the increased importance of an...
Effects of Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies on the Affective Network of Adolescents with Internet Gaming Disorder
| Contributor(s):: Kang, K. D., Jung, T. W., Park, I. H., Han, D. H.
Queering the species divide
| Contributor(s):: Corinne Ryan Teed, Anita Jung (adviser)
Potential alliances between queers and animals populate queer scholarship, while dominant culture has relegated both groups to similar sites of subjugation and abjection. My work presents utopic visions crafted from these shared sites of marginalization and asks how they can enable new...
Pit Bulls Today
| Contributor(s):: Hannah Nation
The motivation for this research paper is to shed a new light on the drastic effects negative stereotypes have on breeds that are deemed aggressive in the media and public’s eye. It’s important to understand the full scope of the situation in our society and the consequences that come...
Ei haukku haavaa tee : esite koira-avusteisesta kasvatus- ja kuntoutustyöstä
| Contributor(s):: Inka Kansi, Anni Kauppinen
Koirien merkitystä ihmisten hyvinvoinnin kannalta on viime vuosina käsitelty tutkimuksissa ja mediassa laajasti. Opinnäytetyön tavoitteena oli tuottaa sosiaali-, terveys- ja kasvatusalojen ammattilaisille suunnattu esite yhteistyössä Koirat kasvatus- ja...
Investigating cruelty to animals in private and commercial settings
| Contributor(s):: Catherine Mary Tiplady
This thesis examines animal abuse occurring in the context of domestic violence, among animals encountered by veterinarians in practice and in media broadcasts of animal cruelty. Whilst the focus on the thesis is on animal abuse within a domestic violence context, I have also studied...
Evaluating the Media's Role in Public and Political Responses to Human-Shark Interactions in NSW, Australia
| Contributor(s):: Sam Fraser-Baxter
Of all animals that pose danger to humans in this world, few are more feared than sharks. Human-shark interactions are traumatic, emotional and difficult to rationalize. While rare, human-shark interactions generate a disproportionate amount of media coverage and public debate. The mass media is...
Conflicting perspectives on nonhuman animal rescues in natural disasters
| Contributor(s):: Every, D., Due, C., Thompson, K., Ryan, J.
Nonhuman animal guardians are more at risk during natural disasters because they are likely to delay or refuse evacuation and return to evacuated disaster sites to rescue animals. Research on the human-animal bond (HAB) views animal guardians' actions as a reflection of a strong attachment....
Interspecies Relations in Equestrian Sport
| Contributor(s):: Michelle Gilbert
This thesis is a sandwich thesis that explores youth participation in equestrian sport. Each of the three papers that comprise the substantive portion of this thesis are stand-alone papers. Each paper employs a mixed methodology which includes document analysis, media analysis, and...
Rigging a horse and rider: simulating the predictable and repetitive movement of the rider
| Contributor(s):: Jennifer Lynn Kuhnel
It is nice to give animators artistic freedom, but having to animate every bounce, sway, and counter-balancing movement of a rider on a horse isn't freedom at all. It is painstaking labor that could easily be prevented with an effective character setup. If an animation piece is only going to...
Strong souls, gentle spirits
| Contributor(s):: Patricia Iris Maureen Caffin
The documentary Strong Souls, Gentle Spirits is a film that combines the aspects of truthful documentary filmmaking but also incorporates filmmaking techniques and the filmmaker's involvement common to traditional narrative films. The main theme of the documentary centers on overcoming...
The media coverage of animal abuse in the digital versions of two media in Peru as well as the perceptions of activists and decision makers
| Contributor(s):: Marita Calderon Torres
This research contributes to an ethical debate in Peru; One whose incipient condition is inversely proportional to its level of urgency. If respect for the different forms of life that coexist with human beings matters in the various agendas, the issue of animal abuse is still a point of focus...
"Vicious, Aggressive Bird Stalks Cyclist": The Australian Magpie (Cracticus tibicen) in the News
| Contributor(s):: Kitty van Vuuren, Scott O' Keefe, Darryl N. Jones
The Australian Magpie ( Cracticus tibicen ) is a common bird found in urban Australian environments where its nest defense behavior during spring brings it into conflict with humans. This article explores the role of print media in covering this conflict. Leximancer software was used to analyze...
Cecil: A Moment or a Movement? Analysis of Media Coverage of the Death of a Lion, Panthera leo
| Contributor(s):: David W. Macdonald, Kim S. Jacobsen, Dawn Burnham, Paul J. Johnson, Andrew J. Loveridge
The killing of a satellite-tagged male lion by a trophy hunter in Zimbabwe in July 2015 provoked an unprecedented media reaction. We analyse the global media response to the trophy hunting of the lion, nicknamed “Cecil”, a study animal in a long-term project run by Oxford...