Animal Tracker Survey
An online survey conducted by the Humane Research Council  offers
new insight into American attitudes toward certain animal protection
issues. The results will help animal organizations refine campaigns to
improve their chances of success.
Anger Management Is Not Enough
A recent study published in the journal _Anthrozoos_ illustrates why
anger management may not be the best or most appropriate treatment for
In "Relations among Need for Power, Affect and Attitudes toward
Personality and Sympathy
A study featured in the upcoming issue of _Society & Animals_ 
(Vol. 18, No. 2) looked at how personality traits and gender related
to sympathetic reactions toward dogs used in fighting.
Researchers from Christopher Newport...
Lock 'Em Up?
A poll in Australia assessed whether the public believes the criminal
justice system takes acts of violence toward animals seriously enough,
and whether penalties for offenders are sufficient.
Researchers Nik Taylor and Tania ...
Federal Oversight in Animal Labs
An analysis of animal experiments funded by the U.S. Public Health
Service shows that a significant number deviate from animal care
standards intended to minimize pain and distress. The results appear
in the April 2010 issue (Vol. 13) of the Journ...
The Psychology of Hoarding
Hoarding is the second most common form of animal abuse, after
neglect. It is also the only form of animal abuse in which women are
more commonly the perpetrator than are men. Hoarding raises several as
yet unresolved policy problems - disposition...
Survey Shows BSL Doesn't Work
Five years after severe restrictions on "pit bulls" were enacted in
Ontario, Canada, a survey by the Toronto Humane Society  reports
that the legislation did not decrease dog bite cases in that region.
In 2005 the province ...
Attitudes Toward Tactics
Results of an annual survey about humane activism indicate that the
public reacts most favorably toward tactics that emphasize education
Each year, the Humane Research Council  conducts its Animal
Where to Draw the Line?
A study at the Seattle Aquarium showed that octopuses can recognize
and differentiate between human beings who treat them well and those
who harm them. The findings were published in the _Journal of Applied
Animal Welfare Science_  (Vol. 13, No...
Pairings with a Purpose
In the wild, different species of animals interact with each other in
both positive and negative ways. A recent Australia study examined the
interaction between two pairs of different apes housed together in a
zoo, to evaluate the implications for...
Recent behavioral studies of several different species examined the
issue of individuality among animals commonly thought of collectively.
The question of whether fish have personalities or whether more
aggressive squirrels survive better relate t...
Framing the Big Picture
The success of the efforts to put animal protection measures into the
national constitutions of Switzerland and Germany offers an example of
how animal advocates can frame the discussion of such issues and take
them to a higher political level.