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  1. Bibliographic Essay: The History of Human-Animal Relations

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    | Contributor(s):: J. Wendel Cox

    Animals are everywhere. Whether as pets, pests, sources of food, fuel, or materials for manufacture, means of traction or source of motive power, or objects of veneration and fear and wonder, animals have been our counterparts throughout human history. In recent years, a historical literature...

  2. Dogs on the Frontier: Human-Canine Relationships in Central Kentucky, 1770-1792

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    | Contributor(s):: Andrew P Patrick

    Dogs played utilitarian roles, as hunting partners, sentries and trackers that provided assistance in the difficult physical landscape, but they also filled setters’ less obvious, psychological needs by serving as companions or by helping humans assert their dominance over the threats...

  3. Keeping Lily Safe: An Autoethnographic Exploration of Human–Animal Attachment during Adversity

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    | Contributor(s):: Catherine Lee

    This article is an autoethnographic examination of my experiences as a pet owner during a particularly challenging time in my life. Beginning with a summary of a critical incident, it shows the way in which fears for the safety of my pet cat, Lily, and my relationship with her impacted my...

  4. Stakeholder Perceptions of the Challenges to Racehorse Welfare

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    | Contributor(s):: Deborah Butler, Mathilde Valenchon, Rachel Annan, Helen R. Whay, Siobhan Mullan

    The purpose of this paper is to highlight some of the key challenges to racehorse welfare as perceived by racing industry stakeholders. The paper draws upon statements and transcripts from 10 focus group discussions with 42 participants who were taking part in a larger study investigating...

  5. The State of Research on Human–Animal Relations: Implications for Human Health

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    | Contributor(s):: Deborah L. Wells

    Since the late 1970s, scientific evidence has accumulated showing that pet ownership can have positive effects on people’s physical and mental wellbeing. This paper reviews the current state of affairs regarding the relationship between companion animals and human health, focusing on both...

  6. Good fences make good neighbours: A qualitative, interpretive study of human–baboon and human–human conflict on the Cape Peninsula

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    | Contributor(s):: Renelle Terblanche

    Picturesque Cape Town is the epitome of an urban/nature interface but one within which chacma baboons (Papio ursinus) face slander for transgressing both the socially constructed human/animal and nature/culture divide, and/or the actual, physical borderlines associated with these divides. The...

  7. The experiences of adolescents in residential care participating in equine assisted learning

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    | Contributor(s):: Louise Fischer

    High-risk behaviour among adolescents places heavy burdens on the public health, social welfare and criminal justice systems of many countries. Today, Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL) is increasingly used as an adjunct and experiential intervention programme to support the learning and personal...

  8. The Human-Animal Relationship in Australian Caged Laying Hens

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    | Contributor(s):: Lauren E. Edwards, Grahame J. Coleman, Kym L. Butler, Paul H. Hemsworth

    Studies on farm animals have shown relationships between stockperson attitudes and behaviour and farm animal fear, stress and productivity. This study investigated how the avoidance behaviour of Australian commercial caged laying hens may be related to stockperson behaviour, albumen...

  9. Human-animal Relationships in Archaeology: Worldviews of Hunter-gatherers in Northern Europe. Introductory Report

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    | Contributor(s):: Maja Pasarić, Graeme Warren

    The project Human-Animal Relationships in Archaeology: Worldviews of hunter gatherers in Northern Europe (HARA) is a newly commenced postdoctoral research project at the School of Archaeology UCD. Dr Maja Pasaric who has been awarded a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship for her...

  10. Quality of life of tertiary students and their attachment to a companion animal

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    | Contributor(s):: Michelle Gerber

    Companion animals have become an important aspect in the lives of many individuals (Serpell, 2010). It has been shown that attachment to a companion animal may have a beneficial impact on several aspects of an individual’s life (O’Haire, 2010). Collectively, these aspects can...

  11. Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) : what is it?

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    | Contributor(s):: Elri Hettema

    This study focuses on existing research into the field of animal-assisted therapy (AAT) and attempts to provide a clear answer as to what animal-assisted therapy (AAT) is. In addition, the limitations of current research, as well as future opportunities for research in this field and some...

  12. The relationship between pet attachment, perceived stress and life satisfaction: An online survey

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    | Contributor(s):: Simonne L. Wright

    International research on pet ownership has found a wide array of physical, psychological and social benefits as a result of human-animal interaction (HAI) (Beetz, Uvnäs-Moberg, Julius, & Kotrschal, 2012). In spite of South Africa’s declining economic situation, South Africa has...

  13. Assessing Pet Rabbit Welfare Based on General Discussion on Human-Animal Relationship

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    | Contributor(s):: Yufei Ren

    Pets are popular worldwide, and more than half of human population keep pets. Cats and dogs have the highest percentage of being kept in households, and the population of rabbits is about one-tenth of cats or dogs. Humans’ love for pets can be dated back to Holocene when humans started to...

  14. Using Feminist Theories to Explore Human-animal Relationships: Pigeons in the City

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    | Contributor(s):: Yue Yin

    The unequal human-animal relationships regard human beings as superior to other species. They exit in various kinds of human-animal interactions (i.e. our consumption of animal products, and our use of animals as tools or entertainment). This human-dominant relationship is the result of the...

  15. Guide dog ownership and psychological well-being

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    | Contributor(s):: Cindy Wiggett

    This study explored the dynamics of guide dog ownership from a psychological point of view. The research was explorative in nature and employed two historically distinct methodologies of enquiry (both quantitative and qualitative). This explorative study relied on a very comprehensive...

  16. Lessons from Listening to Horses | Lucinda Vette | TEDxOshkosh

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    | Contributor(s):: Lucinda Vette

    The story of Cimarron, a former drug-running horse turned "teacher," illustrates the evolving role of the horse/human bond; and provides an inspiring framework for living and leading effectively, and from the heart, in an interconnected world. Lucinda Vette, an Oshkosh native,...

  17. Effects of Affiliative Human–Animal Interaction on Dog Salivary and Plasma Oxytocin and Vasopressin

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    | Contributor(s):: Evan MacLean, Laurence R Gesquiere, Nancy R Gee, Kerinne Levy, W Lance Martin, C Sue Carter

    Oxytocin (OT) and vasopressin (AVP) are neuropeptides with diverse effects on social behavior, cognition and stress responses. Recent studies suggest that OT facilitates and responds to affiliative forms of human–animal interaction (HAI). However, previous studies measuring OT and AVP in...

  18. African snakes: myths debunked | Marcel van Driel | TEDxLusaka

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    | Contributor(s):: Marcel van Driel

    There are many myths about African snakes. In this talk, Marcel addresses the three most important ones by using logic and common sense. This talk was recorded at TEDxLusaka 2019: The power of togetherness held on 1st June 2019 at the NIPA Convention Centre. Marcel van Driel is a passionate...

  19. Den gode herdens vallhund. Konfirmanders och medarbetares erfarenheter av hundens medverkan i konfirmationen

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    | Contributor(s):: Tova Mortensen

    In John 10:11, Jesus proclaims “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” The shepherd dog’s main mission is to assist the shepherd in driving the livestock in a desired direction. Can the church likewise, with help from dogs, lead human...

  20. Ecotourism and Human-Bear Relations in Ontario: Working for Multispecies Respect and Economic Sustainability

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    | Contributor(s):: Victoria Readings

    Relations between northern Ontario’s human communities and black bears have often been violent, and hunting is promoted for economic and “safety” reasons. The Ontario spring bear hunt was previously banned but was recently reinstated, compounding concerns about human-bear...