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  1. Female and male pigs’ performance in a spatial holeboard and judgment bias task

    Contributor(s):: Roelofs, Sanne, Nordquist, Rebecca E., van der Staay, Franz Josef

    Studies of the cognitive abilities of pigs are increasing in number, due to their relevance for the fields of animal welfare and biomedical research. While both female and male pigs have been used in cognitive tasks, possible sex differences in performance have not yet received extensive...

  2. The influence of sex on feeding behaviour in Pacific white shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei)

    Contributor(s):: Bardera, Guillermo, Owen, Matthew A. G., Façanha, Felipe N., Sloman, Katherine A., Alexander, Mhairi E.

    The Pacific white shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei) is the most cultivated species in crustacean aquaculture and a potentially important consideration for its production could be the use of monosex cultures. Generally, female penaeid shrimp are larger than males due to a greater gain in mass per...

  3. Coping strategies in captive capuchin monkeys ( Sapajus spp.)

    Contributor(s):: Ferreira, R. G., Mendl, M., Wagner, P. G. C., Araujo, T., Nunes, D., Mafra, A. L.

    Studies on diverse species indicate the existence of individual differences in stress coping strategies labelled as 'proactive' and 'reactive'. Identifying taxonomic distribution of such coping strategies is fundamental to evolutionary models and to management of captive animals. Capuchin monkeys...

  4. The effects of metabolic cage housing and sex on cognitive bias expression in rats

    Contributor(s):: Barker, T. H., Howarth, G. S., Whittaker, A. L.

    The use of metabolic cages is established housing protocol in small-animal, gastrointestinal research. Physiological data, as primarily observed through secretions of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis has shown that rodents housed in this manner experience an increased stress response. Few...

  5. Cats abandonment versus adoptionAbandono de gatos versus adocao

    Contributor(s):: Pinheiro, A. G., Alves, N. D., Andrade Neto, D., Lima, J. L. A. de, Rodrigues, A. M. B., Silva, F. B.

    This study was conducted to determine the pattern and factors affecting of cat abandonment and adoption in Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil [date not given]. It was shown that most of the respondents' cats were abandoned prior to being adopted. Other cats were obtained as gifts, purchased or adopted...

  6. Maintenance energy requirements of odor detection, explosive detection and human detection working dogs

    Contributor(s):: Mullis, R. A., Witzel, A. L., Price, J.

    Despite their important role in security, little is known about the energy requirements of working dogs such as odor, explosive and human detection dogs. Previous researchers have evaluated the energy requirements of individual canine breeds as well as dogs in exercise roles such as sprint...

  7. Student perceptions of animal use in society

    Contributor(s):: Bennett-Wimbush, K., Amstutz, M. D., Willoughby, D.

    The purpose of this study was to determine the demographic characteristics that affect students' attitudes regarding animal use. Incoming freshman (n=136) completed a 20-question survey (Likert scale 1-5; range 20-100, summed and reported as a composite score) regarding perceptions of animal use,...

  8. Health problems and risk factors associated with long haul transport of horses in Australia

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    | Contributor(s):: Padalino, B., Hall, E., Raidal, S., Celi, P., Knight, P., Jeffcott, L., Muscatello, G.

    Equine transportation is associated with a variety of serious health disorders causing economic losses. However; statistics on horse transport are limited and epidemiological data on transport related diseases are available only for horses transported to abattoirs for slaughter. This study...

  9. Gender and power in narratives of "Natural Horsemanship": the production of "prey-identified masculinity"

    | Contributor(s):: Tom, E.

    It is widely recognized by equestrians that Natural Horsemanship has helped to create better lives for horses, but what are the effects of the discipline among humans? The narratives of the leading exponents of Natural Horsemanship, Monty Roberts and Buck Brannaman, use ethological language to...

  10. Mother-young behaviours at lambing in grazing ewes: effects of lamb sex and food restriction in pregnancy

    | Contributor(s):: Freitas-De-Melo, A., Ungerfeld, R., Hotzel, M. J., Abud, M. J., Alvarez-Oxiley, A., Orihuela, A., Damian, J. P., Perez-Clariget, R.

    This study investigated whether the level of pasture allowance from before conception until late pregnancy affects ewe-lamb behaviours at birth, and if those behaviours differ according to the sex of the lambs. We performed two experiments, in which 96 ewes were assigned to one of two nutritional...

  11. Of cows and women: gendered human-animal relationships in Finnish agriculture

    | Contributor(s):: Kaarlenkaski, T.

    In the Nordic countries, the tending of cattle was regarded as women's work in agrarian culture. This was also the case in Finland, where the gendered division of labor on farms was fairly strict until the mid-20th century. The purpose of this article is to discuss the gendered representations of...

  12. Home range, body condition, and survival of rehabilitated raccoons ( Procyon lotor) during their first winter

    | Contributor(s):: McWilliams, M., Wilson, J. A.

    The effects of raccoon ( Procyon lotor) rehabilitation on postrelease survivorship are unknown. Raccoon rehabilitation success was measured as differences in prewinter body condition, home range size, distance to manmade structures, and during-winter survival between raccoons in the wild and...

  13. Aggression and Hunting Attitudes

    | Contributor(s):: Wilson, M. S., Peden, E.

  14. Stakeholder attitudes toward farm animal welfare

    | Contributor(s):: Heleski, C. R., Mertig, A. G., Zanella, A. J.

    We developed a survey to measure attitudes toward farm animal welfare, then targeted two US groups considered highly influential in this area: veterinary college faculty members with large animal/food animal emphasis (VCF) and animal science faculty members (ANS). The survey was conducted via...

  15. The reinforcing value of physical contact and the effect on canine heart rate of grooming in different anatomical areas

    | Contributor(s):: McGreevy, P. D., Righetti, J., Thomson, P. C.

    The human-animal relationship frequently involves physical touch, and this may have benefits for both participants. Grooming of horses at the withers has a calming effect on recipients, a phenomenon regularly used to reward horses. No studies on the effect on heart rate of grooming in different...

  16. Variations in the timing of reinforcement as a training technique for foals ( Equus caballus )

    | Contributor(s):: Warren-Smith, A. K., McLean, A. N., Nicol, H. I., McGreevy, P. D.

    Horses are used worldwide for a range of activities. Their usefulness and welfare in these pursuits are strongly influenced by their trainability, which may in turn be influenced by learning ability. Handling and riding horses can expose both handler and horse to a considerable risk of injury....

  17. Stereotypic Gender Naming Practices for American and Australian Dogs and Cats

    | Contributor(s):: Abel, Ernest L., Kruger, Michael L.

  18. Prediction of adoption versus euthanasia among dogs and cats in a California animal shelter

    | Contributor(s):: Lepper, M., Kass, P. H., Hart, L. A.

    The purpose of this retrospective cohort study was to investigate the determinants of adoption for cats and dogs from a large municipal animal shelter. The subjects were 4813 cats and 3301 dogs impounded by the Sacramento County Department of Animal Care and Regulation and offered for adoption...

  19. Community demographics and the propensity to report animal cruelty

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

    The last decade has seen an increased awareness concerning links between violence to nonhuman animals and violence to humans. This has resulted in a number of cross-reporting initiatives between family service providers and animal welfare organizations. The success of these initiatives rests on...

  20. Behavioral abnormalities in captive nonhuman primates

    | Contributor(s):: Avanti, Mallapur, Choudhury, B. C.

    In this study, we dealt with 11 species of non-human primates across 10 zoos in India. We recorded behaviour as instantaneous scans between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. In the study, we segregated behaviours for analyses into abnormal, undesirable, active, and resting. The 4 types of abnormal behaviour...