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  1. Problems associated with the microchip data of stray dogs and cats entering RSPCA Queensland shelters

    Contributor(s):: Lancaster, E., Rand, J., Collecott, S., Paterson, M.

    A lack of published information documenting problems with the microchip data for the reclaiming of stray animals entering Australian shelters limits improvement of the current microchipping system. A retrospective study analysing admission data for stray, adult dogs ( n=7258) and cats ( n=6950)...

  2. Workplace injuries in Thoroughbred racing: an analysis of insurance payments and injuries amongst jockeys in Australia from 2002 to 2010

    Contributor(s):: Curry, B. A., Hitchens, P. L., Otahal, P., Si, Lei, Palmer, A. J.

    Background: There is no comprehensive study of the costs of horse-related workplace injuries to Australian Thoroughbred racing jockeys. Objectives: To analyse the characteristics of insurance payments and horse-related workplace injuries to Australian jockeys during Thoroughbred racing or...

  3. Tourists' perceptions of the free-roaming dog population in Samoa

    Contributor(s):: Beckman, M., Hill, K. E., Farnworth, M. J., Bolwell, C. F., Bridges, J., Acke, E.

    A study was undertaken to establish how visiting tourists to Samoa perceived free-roaming dogs ( Canis familiaris) and their management, additionally some factors that influence their perceptions were assessed. Questionnaires were administered to 281 tourists across Samoa over 5 weeks....

  4. Assessing the effectiveness of the Birdsbesafe anti-predation collar cover in reducing predation on wildlife by pet cats in Western Australia

    Contributor(s):: Hall, C. M., Fontaine, J. B., Bryant, K. A., Calver, M. C.

    Many pet cats hunt and, irrespective of whether or not this threatens wildlife populations, distressed owners may wish to curtail hunting while allowing their pets to roam. Therefore we evaluated the effectiveness of three patterned designs (simple descriptions being rainbow, red and yellow) of...

  5. How does cat behaviour influence the development and implementation of monitoring techniques and lethal control methods for feral cats?

    Contributor(s):: Fisher, P., Algar, D., Murphy, E., Johnston, M., Eason, C.

    The need for lethal control of feral cats will remain in some contexts and potentially increase in others, alongside an obligation to develop and apply methods that are as cost-effective, humane and target-specific as possible. Drawing on practices particularly used in Australia, New Zealand and...

  6. Kangaroo harvesters and the euthanasia of orphaned young-at-foot: applying the theory of planned behaviour to an animal welfare issue

    Contributor(s):: Sharp, T. M., McLeod, S. R.

    When female kangaroos are shot during commercial harvesting, it is a requirement that dependent young-at-foot are euthanased. However, there are anecdotal reports that harvesters either cannot euthanase young-at-foot (eg they do not see them or they flee) or will not (eg they do not think it is...

  7. An experience sampling approach to investigating associations between pet presence and indicators of psychological wellbeing and mood in older Australians

    Contributor(s):: Bennett, P. C., Trigg, J. L., Godber, T., Brown, C.

    In this study we examined associations between pet ownership and presence and indicators of psychological wellbeing in older Australians, using an innovative, experience sampling methodology and a community-living sample of 68 adults, including 41 pet owners, all aged over 65 years. In response...

  8. Mandated reporting of suspected animal harm by Australian veterinarians: community attitudes

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

    Research demonstrates that animal abuse is linked with various forms of interpersonal violence and that veterinarians themselves are concerned about this link. However, Australian veterinarians are not currently mandated to report cases of suspected animal abuse (AA), a position outlined by the...

  9. Companion rabbit and companion bird management practices among a representative sample of guardians in Victoria, Australia

    Contributor(s):: Howell, T. J., Mornement, K., Bennett, P. C.

    Although companion animal management practices used by caregivers can influence the welfare of the companion animals, there is little existing information about the ways in which people attempt to meet their companion animals' needs. A representative sample of rabbit guardians ( n=93,...

  10. Ethical issues concerning the public viewing of media broadcasts of animal cruelty

    Contributor(s):: Tiplady, C. M., Walsh, D. B., Phillips, C. J. C.

    Undercover filming is a method commonly used by animal activist groups to expose animal cruelty and it is important to consider the effects of publically releasing video footage of cruel practices on the viewers' mental health. Previously, we reported that members of the Australian public were...

  11. Important cows and possum pests: New Zealand's Biodiversity Strategy and (bio)political taxonomies of introduced species

    Contributor(s):: Dutkiewicz, J.

    This paper examines how New Zealand's conservation discourses and strategies have, since the launch of its Biodiversity Strategy at the turn of the millennium, created and sustained a local taxonomy of species rooted in the overlapping but often clashing logics of biodiversity protection,...

  12. Stunning Australia

    Contributor(s):: Probyn-Rapsey, F.

  13. Sugarbag dreaming: the significance of bees to Yolngu in Arnhem Land, Australia

    Contributor(s):: Fijn, N.

  14. Do birdwatchers care about bird disturbance?

    Contributor(s):: Weston, M. A., Guay, P. J., McLeod, E. M., Miller, K. K.

    Little is known about how non-consumptive recreationists perceive their impacts on animals and how this relates to recreationist behavior. We surveyed attitudes and behaviors relating to bird disturbance of 179 birdwatchers who visited a world-renowned, restricted-access birdwatching destination...

  15. Social provisions of the human-animal relationship amongst 30 people living with HIV in Australia

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

    Research on the relationship between humans and animals has identified some links between companion animals and physiological, psychological, and social benefits for the human. Adopting Robert Weiss's (1974) Theory of Social Provisions as a framework, this qualitative study explores the role of...

  16. Moral steaks? Ethical discourses of in vitro meat in academia and Australia

    Contributor(s):: Dilworth, T., McGregor, A.

    The profile and possibilities of in vitro meat are rapidly expanding, creating new ethical conundrums about how to approach this nascent biotechnology. The outcomes of these ethical debates will shape the future viability of this technology and its acceptability for potential consumers. In this...

  17. Public attitudes in India and Australia toward elephants in zoos

    Contributor(s):: Gurusamy, V., Tribe, A., Toukhsati, S., Phillips, C. J. C.

    We surveyed the attitudes of people toward captive elephants in australia, where importation into zoos has been controversial recently, compared with India, where elephants are indigenous. Both australian (AR, n=101) and Indian (IR, n=101) respondents rated conservation as the most important...

  18. The ethics of a co-regulatory model for farm animal welfare research

    Contributor(s):: Phillips, C. J. C., Petherick, J. C.

    Standards for farm animal welfare are variously managed at a national level by government-led regulatory control, by consumer-led welfare economics and co-regulated control in a partnership between industry and government. In the latter case the control of research to support animal welfare...

  19. The ticking clock: addressing farm animal welfare in emerging countries

    Contributor(s):: Keyserlingk, M. A. G. von, Hotzel, M. J.

    Over the last decade many emerging economies, and in particular Brazil, have established themselves as major players in global food animal production. Within these countries much of the increase in food animal production has been achieved by the adoption of intensive housing systems similar to...

  20. Survival of bottlenose dolphin ( Tursiops sp.) calves at a wild dolphin provisioning program, Tangalooma, Australia

    Contributor(s):: Neil, D. T., Holmes, B. J.

    Mortality of calves born to provisioned mothers is identified in the literature as an issue of concern in dolphin provisioning programs. Wild dolphin provisioning at Tangalooma, Moreton Island, Australia has been occurring since 1992. Each evening, up to eight dolphins are provided with fish in a...