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  1. Oxytocin responses after dog and cat interactions depend on pet ownership and may affect interpersonal trust

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    | Contributor(s):: Benjamin A. Curry, Brianne Donaldson, Moana Vercoe, Matthew Filippo, Paul J. Zak

    Although many of us interact daily with animals, we have lit t le understanding of how this affects our interactions with people. This study assessed the physiological effects of human-animal interactions and tested if this affected interpersonal trust. Participants (N=141) were assigned to...

  2. Pastoral power and the limits of Victorian nonhuman animal protection

    | Contributor(s):: Feuerstein, A.

    This paper argues that the Christian discourse disseminated by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (rspca) in the early Victorian period represents nonhuman animals as complicit in their own subjection. Using Foucault's notion of pastoral power - a power of care - we can...

  3. Speed of dog adoption: impact of online photo traits

    | Contributor(s):: Lampe, R., Witte, T. H.

    The Internet has radically changed how dogs are advertised for adoption in the United States. This study was used to investigate how different characteristics in dogs' photos presented online affected the speed of their adoptions, as a proof of concept to encourage more research in this field....

  4. The impact of an equine facilitated learning program on youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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    | Contributor(s):: P. Erdman, D. Miller, S. Jacobson

    The purpose of this study was to assess the impact of an equine facilitated learning program on youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who were paired with typically developing peers. Even though there has been an increasing interest in the field of animal assisted interventions and the...

  5. "Riding up forested mountain sides, in wide open spaces, and with walls": developing an ecology of horse-human relationships

    | Contributor(s):: Davis, D., Maurstad, A., Cowles, S.

  6. Animal activism and the zoo-networked nation

    | Contributor(s):: Vandersommers, D.

  7. Living with transgenic animals

    | Contributor(s):: Clark, J. L.

  8. Stunning Australia

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

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

    | Contributor(s):: Fijn, N.

  10. The captive imagination: inhumanity, animality, and Matthew Barney's Cremaster 2

    | Contributor(s):: Sharma, D.

  11. Age, breed designation, coat color, and coat pattern influenced the length of stay of cats at a no-kill shelter

    | Contributor(s):: Brown, W. P., Morgan, K. T.

    Adoption records from the Tompkins County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, an open-admission, no-kill shelter in New York State, were examined to determine if various physical attributes influenced the length of stay (LOS) of cats and kittens. Similar reports from other no-kill...

  12. An ethological approach to determining housing requirements of gamebirds in raised laying units

    | Contributor(s):: Matheson, S. M., Donbavand, J., Sandilands, V., Pennycott, T., Turner, S. P.

    Each year, the UK rears around 20-30 million pheasants and 3-6 million red-legged partridges for shooting purposes. However, welfare organisations and some members of the gamebird industry itself have raised concerns about the use of raised laying units for breeding gamebirds. Although the...

  13. Ancient camelids in the Old World - between Arabia and Europe

    | Contributor(s):: Mashkour, M., Beech, M.

    This special issue contains topics on the history, use and value of camels in different areas of the world, including Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Romania, Hungary and Serbia.

  14. Assessing attitudes towards animal assisted therapy among students and faculty in American Psychological Association accredited programs

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    | Contributor(s):: Kendra Thew, Lindsey Marco, Phyllis Erdman, Blanca Idalia Caro

    Research on animal-assisted therapy (AAT) is rapidly growing. However, there is little research on the attitudes and knowledge held by helping professionals regarding its practice, benefits, and limitations. The authors aim to understand how students and faculty members in the clinical and...

  15. Best practices for planning events encouraging human-animal interactions

    | Contributor(s):: Erdozain, G., Kukanich, K., Chapman, B., Powell, D.

    Educational events encouraging human-animal interaction include the risk of zoonotic disease transmission. It is estimated that 14% of all disease in the USA caused by Campylobacter spp., Cryptosporidium spp., Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) O157, non-O157 STECs, Listeria...

  16. Calf mortality in semi-domestic reindeer ( Rangifer tarandus) in a Scottish herd: the impact of maternal age and individual differences between cow

    | Contributor(s):: Jorgensen, M. W., Jarvis, S., Brewer, M. J., Goddard, P. J.

    High calf mortality rate is a significant problem facing semi-domestic reindeer ( Rangifer tarandus) production around the world. Mortality rates, commonly due to predation, can range from 5 to 70%, which constitutes a great welfare concern. This study examined the influence of quantifiable...

  17. Camels in the front line

    | Contributor(s):: Bartosiewicz, L.

    This paper is a short comment on the historical perception of camels in Europe with special regard to Ottoman Turkish occupation in the Carpathian Basin. Regardless of their varied functions ranging from tokens of royal selfrepresentation to mundane beasts of burden or war machinery, these...

  18. Caravans, camel wrestling and cowrie shells: towards a social zooarchaeology of camel hybridization in Anatolia and adjacent regions

    | Contributor(s):: Cakirlar, C., Berthon, R.

    Hybrid camels, intentional crosses between dromedaries and bactrian camels, are prized for their robustness and endurance. They were the prime vehicles of short and long distance caravan trade in a large area between Greece and Mongolia until the whole-scale introduction of motorized transport....

  19. Comparative study of trophic behaviour and herd structure in wild and feral goats living in a Mediterranean island: management implications

    | Contributor(s):: Rivera-Sanchez, L., Cassinello Roldan, J., Baraza Ruiz, E., BartolomeFilella, J.

    The aim of this study was to compare the trophic behaviour and the social structure of Majorcan wild goats and feral goats present in the island of Majorca. The former are descendants of an ancestral goat ecotype introduced in the island in the late Neolithic, whereas feral goats come from...

  20. Daily grazing time of dairy cows is recorded accurately using the Lifecorder Plus device

    | Contributor(s):: Delagarde, R., Lamberton, P.

    Accurate estimation of daily grazing time and nycthemeral grazing pattern in ruminant nutrition research may result in a better understanding of sward-animal interactions and of the behavioural constraints affecting daily intake at pasture. Portable devices which automatically record grazing...