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A Survey of Public Opinion on Cat (Felis catus) Predation and the Future Direction of Cat Management in New Zealand
Contributor(s):: Jessica K Walker, Stephanie J Bruce, Arnja R Dale
Cat predation is a prominent issue in New Zealand that provokes strong and opposing views. We explored, via 1011 face-to-face questionnaires, public opinion on (a) support for a National Cat Management Strategy (78% support); (b) concern regarding predation of wildlife by owned and un-owned cats...
Fish consumption: choices in the intersection of public concern, fish welfare, food security, human health and climate change
Contributor(s):: Rocklinsberg, H.
Future global food insecurity due to growing population as well as changing consumption demands and population growth is sometimes suggested to be met by increase in aquaculture production. This raises a range of ethical issues, seldom discussed together: fish welfare, food security, human...
New dog: old tricks
Contributor(s):: Greene, M.
In this article, the author examines the strategy underlying the code of ethical practice established by Genetic Savings & Clone (GSC) as they progressed toward commerical cloning of campanion animals.
Understanding animal companion surplus in the United States: relinquishment of nonadoptables to animal shelters for euthanasia
Contributor(s):: Kass, P. H., New, J. C., Jr., Scarlett, J. M., Salman, M. D.
Relinquishing a nonhuman animal to a shelter is a complex decision that, it is often believed, ultimately may represent a breakdown of the human-animal bond. The result of such a breakdown is an animal companion surplus in the United States, which is no better evidenced than by the statistics...
Feral cat management: Perceptions and preferences (A case study)
Contributor(s):: Wilken, Rachel L. M.
Feral cat management is a highly debated topic. Trap, Neuter, and Return (TNR) programs have become increasingly popular as an alternative to eradication. Public preference about how to manage feral cats has been explored by previous authors, but no consensus has been reached. Public policy and...
Attitudes towards catch-and-release recreational angling, angling practices and perceptions of pain and welfare in fish in New Zealand
Contributor(s):: Muir, R., Keown, A. J., Adams, N. J., Farnworth, M. J.
Although there is still some debate regarding whether fish have the capacity to feel pain, recent scientific research seems to support the notion that fish can indeed suffer. However, the continued scientific discourse has led to questions regarding how members of the public perceive issues of...
The process of building a new governmental authority based on public demands for improved animal welfare
Contributor(s):: Berg, C., Hammarstrcem, M.
Views on euthanasia and the rehoming of dogs in Norway and Iceland
Contributor(s):: Lund, H. S., Eggertsson, S., Grondahl, A. M., Eggertsdottir, A. V.
Veterinary opinions on refusing euthanasia: justifications and philosophical frameworks
Contributor(s):: Yeates, J. W., Main, D. C.
Citizens' views on farm animal welfare and related information provision: exploratory insights from Flanders, Belgium
Contributor(s):: Vanhonacker, F., Poucke, E. van, Tuyttens, F., Verbeke, W.
The results of two independent empirical studies with Flemish citizens were combined to address the problem of a short fall of information provision about higher welfare products. The research objectives were (1) to improve our understanding of how citizens conceptualize farm animal welfare, (2)...
Social acceptance of dairy farming: the ambivalence between the two faces of modernity
Contributor(s):: Boogaard, B. K., Bock, B. B., Oosting, S. J., Wiskerke, J. S. C., Zijpp, A. J. van D.
Society's relationship with modern animal farming is an ambivalent one: on the one hand there is rising criticism about modern animal farming; on the other hand people appreciate certain aspects of it, such as increased food safety and low food prices. This ambivalence reflects the two faces of...
Special Issue: Ethical tools. (Special Issue: Ethical tools.)
Contributor(s):: Beekman, V., Brom, F. W. A.
This special issue contains eight papers on 'ethical tools' that are developed to support systematic public deliberations about the ethical aspects of agricultural biotechnologies. These tools have been developed in an EU funded research project coordinated by the Agricultural Economics Research...
The concept of farm animal welfare: citizen perceptions and stakeholder opinion in Flanders, Belgium
Contributor(s):: Vanhonacker, F., Verbeke, W., Poucke, E. van, Pieniak, Z., Nijs, G., Tuyttens, F.
Several attempts to conceptualize farm animal welfare have been criticized for diverging reasons, among them often the failure to incorporate the public concern and opinion. This paper's objective is to develop a conception of farm animal welfare that starts from the public's perception and...
An ethicist's commentary on research protocols requiring significant animal suffering
Contributor(s):: Rollin, B. E.
[Public health. The woman with cats]
Contributor(s):: Bardet, F.
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. (Special issue: Competing discourses of farm animal welfare and agri-food restru
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 between...
Risk communication, value judgments, and the public-policy maker relationship in a climate of public sensitivity toward animals: revisiting Britain's foot and mouth crisis. (Special issue: Farm animal diseases in context)
Contributor(s):: Anthony, R.
This paper offers some suggestions on, and encouragement for, how to be better at risk communication in times of agricultural crisis. During the foot and mouth epizootic, the British public, having no precedent to deal with such a rapid and widespread epizootic, no existing rules or conventions,...
Attitudes, knowledge and wild animals as pets in Costa Rica
Contributor(s):: Drews, C.
A nationwide survey in Costa Rica, using Kellert's conceptual framework, revealed at least five attitude dimensions toward animals. Overall, Costa Rican adults have a strong sentimental attitude toward animals, an expression of feelings of affection toward animals. In contrast, the materialistic...
Good zoo/bad zoo: visitor experiences in captive settings
Contributor(s):: Woods, B.
Captive wildlife settings are a large and important segment of the wildlife tourism industry. They are also subject to considerable debate, much of which centres on whether zoos and sanctuaries deliver benefits that compensate the necessity of keeping animals in captivity. The views of the...
Measuring public support for animal welfare legislation: a case study of cage egg production
Contributor(s):: Bennett, R.
A contingent valuation survey of 2000 people in Great Britain was conducted to find out about people's concerns about farm animal welfare and their willingness to pay to support legislation to phase out the use of cages in egg production in the European Union (EU) by 2005. The survey found that...