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  1. Pets' roles in parents' bereavement

    Contributor(s):: Adkins, S. L., Rajecki, D. W.

    A sample of 43 mothers and 21 fathers completed a retrospective survey concerning a pet's involvement in adaptation to a child's death. Measures included degree of attachment to the pet, and perceptions of the pet's helpfulness and roles in the process of grief resolution. Most parents (75%)...

  2. Domestication, selection, behaviour and welfare of animals - genetic mechanisms for rapid responses

    Contributor(s):: Jensen, P.

    Increased production has been the major goal of animal breeding for many decades, and the correlated side-effects have grown to become a major issue in animal welfare. In this paper, the main genetic mechanisms in which such side-effects may occur are reviewed with examples from our own research...

  3. Optimisation of breeding strategies to reduce the prevalence of inherited disease in pedigree dogs

    Contributor(s):: Lewis, T. W., Woolliams, J. A., Blott, S. C.

    One option for improving the welfare of purebred dog breeds is to implement health breeding programmes, which allow selection to be directed against known diseases while controlling the rate of inbreeding to a minimal level in order to maintain the long-term health of the breed. The aim of this...

  4. Part-time fostering by a pair of black and white ruffed lemurs ( Varecia variegata variegata )

    Contributor(s):: Kerridge, F. J.

  5. Studies on the phenogenetics of behaviour in dogs

    Contributor(s):: Krusinskii, L. V.

    THE 3 characters studied are (a) "passive defence reaction, " or shyness, T, as shown by tendency to run away at the approach of a stranger, hiding in a corner, dilation of pupils, muscular tetanus; (b) "active defence reaction " or aggressiveness, A [N.B. author uses no symbol] shown by attempt...