The HABRI Central Team continues to monitor emerging research and information about the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit our collection of resources, https://habricentral.org/features/covid-19
How environmental enrichment affects behavioral and glucocorticoid responses in captive blue-and-yellow macaws (Ara ararauna)
Contributor(s):: de Almeida, Ana Claudia, Palme, Rupert, Moreira, Nei
Captive animals are susceptible to chronic stress due to restricted space, lack of hiding places, presence of visitors, or the lack of resources that promote physical and mental stimuli. In birds, chronic stress can promote stereotypes, self-mutilation, feather picking, chewing on cage bars and...
Animal-assisted dyadic therapy: A therapy model promoting development of the reflective function in the parent-child bond
Contributor(s):: Shani, L.
Taking it out on the dog: psychological and behavioral correlates of animal abuse proclivity
Contributor(s):: Parfitt, C., Alleyne, E.
There is a lack of research examining the criminogenic factors related to animal abuse perpetrated by adults, despite the high prevalence of this type of offending. A correlational study examining the factors related to two types of animal abuse proclivity was used. We found that childhood animal...
Without stress at the veterinarian: make the visit in the veterinary practice cat-friendlyOhne Stress sum Tierarzt: Den Besuch in der Tierarztpraxis katzenfreundlich gestalten
Contributor(s):: Melchers, V.
This article describes how to reduce stress in cats presented at animal hospitals for routine and medical procedures.
Prevention of undesirable behaviors in cats
Behavior questions and answers
Contributor(s):: Horwitz, D. F.
Feline aggression directed toward people: causes and treatment
A Systematic Review of Animal-Assisted Therapy on Psychosocial Outcomes in People with Intellectual Disability
Contributor(s):: Maber-Aleksandrowicz, S., Avent, C., Hassiotis, A.
Reconsidering coprophagy as an indicator of negative welfare for captive chimpanzees
Contributor(s):: Hopper, Lydia M., Freeman, Hani D., Ross, Stephen R.
For captive chimpanzees, 'abnormal' behaviours include behaviours observed only in captivity (i.e. species-atypical behaviours) and those that are performed at higher rates in captivity compared to in the wild. Both types are used as metrics for evaluating captive primates' welfare....
The fearful, anxious, & worried pet
Contributor(s):: Deporter, T.
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...
Abnormal behaviour and behavioural problems in stabled horses and their relationship to horse welfare: a comparative review.
Contributor(s):: G.j. Mason, J. Cooper
Many behaviours in domestic animals, such as the ‘stable vices’ of horses, are treated because they are considered undesirable for economic or cultural reasons, and not because the activity affects the horse’s quality of life. The impact of a behaviour on the human reporter is...
Why do pets misbehave and what can be done about it?
Contributor(s):: Mills, G.
What makes a crime?: the perceived harmfulness, wrongfulness, and seriousness of offenses against nonhuman animals
Contributor(s):: Wagner, K., Owen, S., Burke, T. W.
The purpose of this research was to explore the perceived seriousness of crimes, such as abuse and neglect, committed against nonhuman animals. Drawing upon the methods of previous work on crime seriousness, it was hypothesized that perceptions of the harmfulness and wrongfulness of animal...
Behavioural consequences of visual deprivation occurring at hatch or in the early life of chickens
Contributor(s):: Hocking, P. M., Haldane, K. A., Davidson, E. M., Sandoe, P., Kristensen, H. H.
The development of behaviour in a line of chickens that are born sighted ( rdd) but turn blind after hatching was compared with a line that is blind at hatch ( beg) and with sighted White Leghorn controls (WL) to test the hypothesis that birds that become blind later in their life will show...
Evaluation of environmental and intrinsic factors that contribute to stereotypic behavior in captive rhesus macaques ( Macaca mulatta)
Contributor(s):: Gottlieb, D. H., Maier, A., Coleman, K.
Full body repetitive behaviors, known as motor stereotypic behaviors (MSBs), are one of the most commonly seen abnormal behaviors in captive non-human primates, and are frequently used as a behavioral measure of well-being. The main goal of this paper was to examine the role of environmental...
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...
#SaveBenjy: sexuality, queer animals, and Ireland
Contributor(s):: McLoughlin, E.
This paper explores the #SaveBenjy Crowdfunder campaign to save a Charolais bull in the Republic of Ireland who expressed sexual interest only in weanling bulls and not the heifers he was expected to impregnate. The prominence and popularity of #SaveBenjy is anything but coincidental. In May...
"Before, he fought every day with the horse and with me": reducing violence in a Guatemalan community through a horse-handling program
Contributor(s):: Gibbons, J. L., Cunningham, C. A., Paiz, L., Poelker, K. E., Cardenas, M. A. M.
Community and family violence are endemic in Guatemala. We evaluated the effectiveness of a horse-handling program to reduce violent attitudes and aggressive behavior. Eighteen community members who worked with horses in their daily lives (16 men, 2 women, ages 15 to 58) participated in four...