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  1. The effectiveness of Dutch Cell Dogs in correctional facilities in the Netherlands: a study protocol of a quasi-experimental trial

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    | Contributor(s):: Gerdien Schenk, Hanne M. Duindam, Hanneke E. Creemers, Machteld Hoeve, Geert Jan J. M. Stams, Jessica J. Asscher

    Background Many former inmates recidivate, resulting in high costs for societies worldwide. Evidence based treatment practices may not work in prisons, due to detainees’ lacking motivation, impaired well-being, and an unsafe group environment. One attempt to improve social group climate...

  2. Understanding past human-animal relationships through the analysis of fractures: a case study from a Roman site in the Netherlands

    | Contributor(s):: Maaike Groot

    In studying fractures in archaeology, we should focus on what they can tell us about human-animal relationships. It is important to show other (zoo-) archaeologists that palaeopathology can be a valuable tool in answering (zoo-) archaeological questions. In this paper, a short summary of fracture...

  3. The emotional lives of companion animals: attachment and subjective claims by owners of cats and dogs

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    | Contributor(s):: Martens, P., Enders-Slegers, M. J., Walker, J. K.

    There is a growing body of scientific evidence supporting the existence of emotions in nonhuman animals. Companion-animal owners show a strong connection and attachment to their animals and readily assign emotions to them. In this paper we present information on how the attachment level of...

  4. KNGF Geleide Honden

    We are a non-profit foundation and our work largely depends on donations and legacies. Since our establishment in 1935 we have trained over 5,000 dogs for blind and visually impaired people very. Therefore, we have a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field of dog and disability. This...

  5. Moral values and attitudes toward Dutch sow husbandry

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    | Contributor(s):: Bergstra, T. J., Gremmen, B., Stassen, E. N.

    Attitudes toward sow husbandry differ between citizens and conventional pig farmers. Research showed that moral values could only predict the judgment of people in case of culling healthy animals in the course of a disease epidemic to a certain extent. Therefore, we hypothesized that attitudes...

  6. Willingness of Dutch broiler and pig farmers to convert to production systems with improved welfare

    | Contributor(s):: Gocsik, E., Lans, I. A. van der, Lansink, A. G. J. M. O., Saatkamp, H. W.

    The present study investigated 15 broiler and 13 fattening pig farmers' willingness-to-convert to alternative production systems with higher animal welfare standards compared to conventional production systems in The Netherlands, and explored the main barriers to the adoption of these alternative...

  7. The lifecycle of the farm pig: a review of Welfare of Pigs from Birth to Slaughter [Book Review]

    | Contributor(s):: Ormandy, E.

    A book review of Welfare of pigs from birth to slaughter . Edited by Luigi Faucitano and Allan L. Schaefer. Wageningen, the Netherlands: Wageningen Academic, 2008. 316 pp. ISBN: 9086860664. Hardcover, $127

  8. Scientists and Dutch pig farmers in dialogue about tail biting: unravelling the mechanism of multi-stakeholder learning

    | Contributor(s):: Benard, M., Schuitmaker, T. J., Buning, T. de C.

    Pig farmers and scientists appear to have different perspectives and underlying framing on animal welfare issues as tail biting and natural behaviour of pigs. Literature proposes a joint learning process in which a shared vision is developed. Using two different settings, a symposium and...

  9. Prioritizing emerging zoonoses in The Netherlands

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    | Contributor(s):: Arie H. Havelaar, Floor van Rosse, Catalin Bucura, Milou A. Toetenel, Juanita A. Haagsma, Dorota Kurowicka, J. (Hans) A. P. Heesterbeek, Niko Speybroeck, Merel F. M. Langelaar, Johanna W. B. van der Giessen, Roger M. Cooke, Marieta A. H. Braks

    To support the development of early warning and surveillance systems of emerging zoonoses, we present a general method to prioritize pathogens using a quantitative, stochastic multi-criteria model, parameterized for the Netherlands. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: A risk score was based on seven...

  10. Diversity in horse enthusiasts with respect to horse welfare: an explorative study

    | Contributor(s):: Visser, E. K., Wijk-Jansen, E. E. C. van

    A reduced level of welfare of horses is related to management factors such as low forage feeding, short feeding time, social isolation, and lack of unrestrained exercise. It has been assumed that welfare problems can be reduced and/or partly prevented by improving the knowledge and skills of...

  11. Assessment time of the Welfare Quality protocol for dairy cattle

    | Contributor(s):: Vries, M. de, Engel, B., Uijl, I. den, Schaik, G. van, Dijkstra, T., Boer, I. de, Bokkers, E. A. M.

  12. Loading density and welfare of goat kids during long distance road transport

    | Contributor(s):: Hindle, V. A., Reimert, H. G. M., Werf, J. T. N. van der, Lambooij, E.

  13. Moral convictions and culling animals: a survey in the Netherlands

    | Contributor(s):: Cohen, N. E., Brom, F. W. A., Stassen, E. N.

    In this paper the results are presented of a national survey in the Netherlands. The aim was to identify and describe the convictions about animals that people have in Dutch society and the role of these in judgments on the culling of healthy animals during an animal disease epidemic. A total of...

  14. Preventing dog bite injuries: the need for a collaborative approach

    | Contributor(s):: Keuster, T. de, Overall, K. L.

    This article discusses an open-minded multidisciplinary approach for preventing primary and secondary dog bites. This approach is based on the recognition of the interaction between the dog, human and environment in which they interact. Focus is given on the analysis of problem or potential...

  15. Consumer attitudes towards the development of animal-friendly husbandry systems

    | Contributor(s):: Frewer, L. J., Kole, A., Kroon, S. M. A. van de, Lauwere, C. de

    Recent policy developments in the area of livestock husbandry have suggested that, from the perspective of optimizing animal welfare, new animal husbandry systems should be developed that provide opportunities for livestock animals to be raised in environments where they are permitted to engage...

  16. You are what you eat: meat, novel protein foods, and consumptive freedom

    | Contributor(s):: Beekman, V.

    Animal husbandry has been accused of maltreating animals, polluting the environment, and so on. These accusations were thought to be answered when the Dutch research program "Sustainable Technological Development" (STD) suggested a government-initiated conversion from meat to novel protein foods...

  17. The behavioural, physiological and immunological responses of lambs from two rearing systems and two genotypes to exposure to humans

    | Contributor(s):: Goddard, P. J., Fawcett, A. R., Macdonald, A. J., Reid, H. W.

    96 lambs of 2 genotypes (Scottish Blackface: BF and Texel x (Blue-faced Leicester x Scottish Blackface): T) were studied. From birth to weaning 1 of 2 management regimes was applied: extensive (E), whereby animals were handled as little as possible or semi-intensive (I), in which lambs...

  18. Livestock-associated MRSA: epidemiology in animal production chains, transmission to humans and charateristics of the clone

    | Contributor(s):: Wagenaar, J. A., Giessen, A. van de

    MRSA infections in people working with pigs was confirmed in 2005. Dutch data from 9 abattoirs showed that 39% of pigs and 81% of slaughter batches was contaminated with MRSA. All strains belonged to the sequence type ST398. This clone is now known as livestock-associated MRSA (LA-MRSA). A...

  19. Farmers' relationship with different animals: the importance of getting close to the animals - case studies of French, Swedish and Dutch cattle, pig and poultry farmers

    | Contributor(s):: Bock, B. B., Huik, M. M. van, Prutzer, M., Eveillard, F. K., Dockes, A.

    This article seeks to provide a deeper understanding of the factors that influence farmers' relations with animals and focuses on the relevance of sector (e.g. beef or dairy cattle), animal species, housing systems and any national differences. It seeks to draw out how the relationship...

  20. How can veterinarians optimise owner compliance with medication regimes

    | Contributor(s):: Verker, M. J., Stokrom, M. van, Endenburg, N.

    While poor compliance is considered an important problem in human medicine, it has received little attention as a reason for treatment failure in veterinary medicine. The aim of this study was to investigate how veterinarians can optimise owner compliance. In total 57 owners participated in the...