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  1. Human-animal interactions and safety during dairy cattle handling - comparing moving cows to milking and hoof trimming

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    | Contributor(s):: Lindahl, C., Pinzke, S., Herlin, A., Keeling, L. J.

    Cattle handling is a dangerous activity on dairy farms, and cows are a major cause of injuries to livestock handlers. Even if dairy cows are generally tranquil and docile, when situations occur that they perceive or remember as aversive, they may become agitated and hazardous to handle. This...

  2. The Swedish Swan Lady: reaction to an apparent animal hoarding case

    | Contributor(s):: Svanberg, I., Arluke, A.

    This study describes media and judicial reaction to the first publicly acknowledged case of animal hoarding in Sweden-a 60-year-old Swedish woman who purportedly "rescued" 150 swans over several years by bringing many back to her one-room apartment. Reports in the press and social media reflected...

  3. Personalized nutrition and social justice: ethical considerations within four future scenarios applying the perspective of Nussbaum's capabilities approach

    | Contributor(s):: Nordstrom, K., Goossens, J.

    The idea of personalized nutrition (PN) is to give tailored dietary advice based on personal health-related data, i.e. phenotype, genotype, or lifestyle. PN may be seen as part of a general trend towards personalised health care and currently various types of business models are already offering...

  4. Using self-selection to evaluate the acceptance of a new diet formulation by farmed fish

    | Contributor(s):: Carlberg, H., Cheng, Ken, Lundh, T., Brannas, E.

    The evaluation of new diet composition is commonly achieved by performing time-consuming growth trials, which may negatively impact the welfare of a large number of fish if the feed is not accepted. Instead, the fish's behavioural responses to a new diet composition can be used as a first step in...

  5. Owning a dog and working: a telephone survey of dog owners and employers in Sweden

    | Contributor(s):: Norling, A. Y., Keeling, L.

    Many dog owners are faced with the problem of what to do with their dog when they go to work. Different solutions to the problem may affect dogs, owners, and employers. In this study, 204 working, Swedish dog owners and 90 employers were interviewed by telephone regarding practical issues and...

  6. Intentions and values in animal welfare legislation and standards

    | Contributor(s):: Lundmark, F., Berg, C., Schmid, O., Behdadi, D., Rocklinsberg, H.

    The focus on animal welfare in society has increased during the last 50 years. Animal welfare legislation and private standards have developed, and today many farmers within animal production have both governmental legislation and private standards to comply with. In this paper intentions and...

  7. Killing of spent laying hens using CO 2 in poultry barns

    | Contributor(s):: Berg, C., Yngvesson, J., Nimmermark, S., Sandstrom, V., Algers, B.

    In Sweden, laying hens are killed using the following methods: (i) traditional slaughter; (ii) on-farm with CO 2 in a mobile container combined with a grinder; or (iii) with CO 2 inside the barn. The number of hens killed using the latter method has increased. During these killings a veterinarian...

  8. Swedish cat shelters: a descriptive survey of husbandry practices, routines and management

    | Contributor(s):: Hirsch, E. N., Andersson, M., Loberg, J.

    Animal shelters rescue and care for society's unwanted companion animals. Nonetheless, several studies have shown that ending up in a shelter can be stressful, and that shelter husbandry can amplify and spread certain diseases. The aim of the present study was to investigate and describe...

  9. Equine assisted social work as a mean for authentic relations between clients and staff

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    | Contributor(s):: Catharina Carlsson, Daniel Nilsson Ranta, Bente Traeen

    The purpose of this study was to explore, by qualitative methods, the meaning of equine-assisted social work (EASW) both to young women with self-harm problems and their staff in residential treatment. Data were collected by in-depth interviews with eight staff members and nine clients....

  10. Risk factors for unassisted on-farm death in Swedish dairy cows

    | Contributor(s):: Alvasen, K., Thomsen, P. T., Sandgren, C. H., Mork, M. J., Emanuelson, U.

    Increased on-farm cow mortality (ie unassisted death and euthanasia) has been demonstrated in Swedish dairy herds during the last decade. Identifying risk factors associated with type of death is needed for future work in reducing cow mortality rates. The objectives of this case-control study...

  11. A survey of pet- and non-pet-owning Swedish adolescents: demographic differences and health issues

    | Contributor(s):: Mullersdorf, M., Granstrom, F., Tillgren, P.

    The aim of this study was to describe the prevalence of pet ownership in adolescents in Sweden and establish whether any gender, age or health-related differences exist between those who own pets and those who do not. In addition, the study aimed to explore the relationships between species of...

  12. Farmers' attitude towards animal welfare aspects and their practice in organic dairy calf rearing: a case study in selected Nordic farms

    | Contributor(s):: Vetouli, T., Lund, V., Kaufmann, B.

  13. Ethics of sustainable development - a study of Swedish regulations for genetically modified organisms

    | Contributor(s):: Karlsson, M.

    In spite of stricter provisions in the new EU directive on deliberate release of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), critics still advocate a moratorium on permits for cultivation of GMOs. However, in an attempt to meet concerns raised by the public, the directive explicitly gives Member...

  14. Natural behavior, animal rights, or making money - a study of Swedish organic farmers' view of animal issues

    | Contributor(s):: Lund, V., Hemlin, S., White, J.

    A questionnaire survey was performed among Swedish organic livestock farmers to determine their view of animal welfare and other ethical issues in animal production. The questionnaire was sent to 56.5% of the target group and the response rate was 75.6% (435 responses). A principal components...

  15. Sustainable development and Norwegian genetic engineering regulations: applications, impacts, and challenges

    | Contributor(s):: Myhr, A. I., Traavik, T.

    The main purpose of The Norwegian Gene Technology Act (1993) is to enforce containment of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and control of GMO releases. Furthermore, the Act intends to ensure that "production and use of GMOs should take place in an ethically and socially justifiable way, in...

  16. Intersucking in dairy cattle - review and questionnaire. (Special Issue: Behaviour and welfare of cattle)

    | Contributor(s):: Lidfors, L., Isberg, L.

    Intersucking is an abnormal behaviour in dairy heifers and cows, and it is defined by one animal sucking the teat of another animal with the intention of sucking milk. The aim of this paper is to review earlier studies on intersucking in dairy cattle and to present results from a questionnaire...

  17. Personality traits in the domestic dog ( Canis familiaris )

    | Contributor(s):: Svartberg, K., Forkman, B.

    The domestic dog (C. familiaris) has been subjected to a huge range of selection pressures during domestication that has resulted in a considerable diversity in morphology and behaviour. This, together with the many uses the dog is put to in our society, makes the dog an interesting model for...

  18. Shyness-boldness predicts performance in working dogs

    | Contributor(s):: Svartberg, K.

    This study investigates if there are relationships between personality and performance of dogs (Canis familiaris) in working dog trials. Data from 2655 dogs of the two breeds German Shepherd dog (GSD) and Belgian Tervuren (BT) in Sweden obtained between 1989 and 1997 were used. The breeds were...

  19. The use of a behaviour test for selection of dogs for service and breeding. II. Heritability for tested parameters and effect of selection based on service dog characteristics

    | Contributor(s):: Wilsson, E., Sundgren, P. E.

    1002 German shepherds and 467 Labrador retrievers, bred by the Swedish Dog Training Centre (SDTC) during 1983-91, and 308 German shepherds and 330 Labrador retrievers, from private breeders, were subjectively scored on behavioural traits. The score for each trait were pooled to give an index...

  20. Behaviour in female mink housed in enriched standard cages during winter

    | Contributor(s):: Axelsson, H. M. K., Alden, E., Lidfors, L.

    This study evaluated whether adding environmental enrichments to a standard housing system during winter could decrease stereotypic behaviours in female mink. The study was conducted on two private farms (F1 and F2) in southern Sweden. In total, 75 farmed mink on each farm were housed in standard...