Friday essay: the cultural meanings of wild horses
| Contributor(s):: Michael J. Adams
From 30,000-year-old cave paintings to The Man From Snowy River, wild horses have always been part of human culture. As Australia debates what to do with 'brumbies' in mountain environments, it's time to reconsider their place.
Confirmatory factor analyses of the children's attitudes and behaviors towards animals scale in two eastern cultural contexts
| Contributor(s):: Jessica Wong, David Mellor, Xioayan Xu, Ben Richardson
The purpose of the present study was to investigate the factor stability of the Children’s Attitudes and Behaviors Towards Animals Scale (CABTA) across two eastern contexts: China and Malaysia. Confirmatory factor analyses (CFAs) were conducted on data collected from 700 Chinese mothers...
Artistic freedom or animal cruelty? Contemporary visual art practice that involves live and deceased animals
| Contributor(s):: Coleman, E., Scollen, R., Batorowicz, B., Akenson, D.
This paper examines a selection of 21st-century international examples of exhibited visual artworks involving live or deceased animals. It seeks to reveal the risks and benefits of unique encounters with animals through art and to consider the ethical implications of artwork deploying animals....
People -- Marine Mammal Interactions
| Contributor(s):: Andrew Butterworth (editor), Mark P. Simmonds (editor)
Our relationships with marine mammals are complex. We have used them as resources, and in some places this remains the case; viewed them as competitors and culled them (again ongoing in some localities); been so captivated and intrigued by them that we have taken them into captivity for our...
“You Can’t Ignore the Rat”: Nonhuman Animals in Boundary Work
| Contributor(s):: McCumber, Andrew
White Collies, Beauty or Genetic Defect Regulation and Breeding, 1870-2013
| Contributor(s):: Derry, M.
Multicultural Considerations in AAI
| Contributor(s):: Georgitta Valiyamattam, Mariko Yamamoto, Leticia Fanucchi, Feiran Wang
Attitudes towards non-human animals and the conceptualization of the human-animal bond varies across cultures and population groups, thereby making it a crucial consideration in the field of animal-assisted intervention (AAI). The growing expansion of AAI practice to multicultural populations...
Social Media Contexts Moderate Perceptions of Animals
| Contributor(s):: Riddle, E., MacKay, J. R. D.
The rapid rise of social media in the past decade represents a new space where animals are represented in human society, and this may influence human perceptions, for example driving desire for exotic pet keeping. In this study, 211 participants (49% female) between the ages of 18 to 44 were...
Turning Intentions into Animal Welfare Improvement in the Asian Livestock Sector
| Contributor(s):: Sinclair, Michelle, Morton, John, Phillips, Clive J. C.
Intentions form the basis of behavioral action to improve animal welfare; however an intention-behavior gap has been previously identified. Livestock stakeholders in China, Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand (n = 1041) involved in slaughter and transport completed a survey in which they were asked...
Animal Welfare in Nepal
| Contributor(s):: Acharya, Krishna Prasad, Acharya, Narayan, Wilson, R. Trevor
The small densely populated country of Nepal rises from just above sea level to more than 8800 m and encompasses many agro-ecological zones. Rich in both nature and culture, livestock are integral to household and national economies. Most Nepalese consider the cow sacred, and slaughter is...
Birds of a feather flock together? Perceived personality matching in owner–dog dyads
| Contributor(s):: Turcsán, Borbála, Range, Friederike, Virányi, Zsófia, Miklósi, Ádám, Kubinyi, Enikő
Partner choice is strongly affected by similarity in physical and psychological characteristics. Although there is a popular belief that dogs share similar personality characteristics with their owners, no studies have yet addressed the topic. Here, we tested for associations between the dog and...
Dog Movie Stars and Dog Breed Popularity: A Case Study in Media Influence on Choice
| Contributor(s):: Stefano Ghirlanda, Alberto Acerbi, Harold Herzog
Fashions and fads are important phenomena that influence many individual choices. They are ubiquitous in human societies, and have recently been used as a source of data to test models of cultural dynamics. Although a few statistical regularities have been observed in fashion cycles, their...
The role of cultural norms in shaping attitudes towards amphibians in Cape Town, South Africa
| Contributor(s):: Brom, P., Anderson, P., Channing, A., Underhill, L. G.
Urban ecosystems are increasingly viewed as an important component within strategies for wildlife conservation but are shaped as much by natural systems as they are by social and political processes. At the garden scale, attitudes and preferences govern design and maintenance choices including...
When pigs fly: emotional support animals, service dogs and the politics of legitimacy across species boundaries
| Contributor(s):: Wlodarczyk, J.
Cocreating guide dog partnerships: dog training and interdependence in 1930s America
| Contributor(s):: Pemberton, N.
How psychology can contribute to human-animal welfare? | Hanna Mamzer | TEDxFulbrightWarsaw
| Contributor(s):: Hanna Mamzer
Do we understand animals? Do we really know what they need? Or maybe we just give them what WE THINK they need? By getting the knowledge from the combination of psychology and cultural differences we can look at animals as someone coming from other culture. Understanding that animals have their...
The anthropology of traps: Concrete technologies and theoretical interfaces
| Contributor(s):: Corsín Jiménez, Alberto, Nahum-Claudel, Chloe
Arctic Disequilibrium: Shifting Human-Environmental Systems
| Contributor(s):: Veldhuis, Djuke, Pelle, Tejsner, Riede, Felix, Høye, Toke T., Willerslev, Rane
The Role of Man's Best Friend: Assessing the Cultural Liminality of the Canis Lupus Familiars and Its Influence on Human Societies
| Contributor(s):: Julianne L. D'Amico
This project combines history and folklore to illuminate the concept of liminality and the human-dog relationship as it has evolved since the species domestication. The lore highlights the permanent liminality of the dog, the use of the species as remedies in Folk Medicine, and the dog's...
Beyond Therapy Dogs: Coordinating Large-Scale Finals Week Activities
| Contributor(s):: Flynn, Holly