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Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441333/how-are-service-dogs-for-adults-with-post-traumatic-stress-disorder-integrated-with-rehabilitation-in-denmark-a-case-study
#1
Chalotte Glintborg, Tia G B Hansen
A severe mental illness like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is known to have psychosocial consequences that can lead to a decreased quality of life. Research in Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) has revealed that the presence of a dog can have a positive effect on health, e.g., increase quality of life and lessen depression and anxiety. However, canine companionship is not a catch-all solution. Previous research has revealed methodological limitations that prohibit any clear conclusions, as well as a sparsity of critical reflection in anecdotal reports and case studies, which means that more research is needed to contextualize the findings...
April 25, 2017: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441332/pregnant-sheep-in-a-farm-environment-did-not-develop-anaemia
#2
Gabrielle C Musk, Amanda James, Matthew W Kemp, Sara Ritchie, Andrew Ritchie, Michael Laurence
The aim of this study was to document the haematological profile of pregnant ewes throughout gestation. Sheep were divided into three groups (n = 8 per group): non-pregnant, singleton, or twin pregnancy. Blood samples were collected every 14 days from day 55 of gestation for haemoglobin concentration; packed cell volume; total protein; and albumin concentration. On days 55 and 125 of gestation blood was collected for trace element estimation: soluble copper and zinc; glutathione peroxidase (GSHPx); and methylmalonic acid (MMA)...
April 25, 2017: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420107/prepartum-lying-behavior-of-holstein-dairy-cows-housed-on-pasture-through-parturition
#3
Christa A Rice, Nicole L Eberhart, Peter D Krawczel
Utilizing pasture-based systems may increase cow comfort during late gestation and calving as it lacks the constraints of confinement housing. The objective of this study was to quantify lying behavior and activity of Holstein dairy cows housed on pasture during the 6 d before calving. Sixteen Holstein dairy cows were moved to pasture 3 weeks before their projected calving date. Data loggers were attached 14 d prior to projected calving date. Behavior was evaluated 6 d before calving for all cows (n = 16) and 6 h prior to calving for a subset of cows (n = 6) with known calving times...
April 14, 2017: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406428/green-care-a-review-of-the-benefits-and-potential-of-animal-assisted-care-farming-globally-and-in-rural-america
#4
REVIEW
Brianna Artz, Doris Bitler Davis
The term Green Care includes therapeutic, social or educational interventions involving farming; farm animals; gardening or general contact with nature. Although Green Care can occur in any setting in which there is interaction with plants or animals, this review focuses on therapeutic practices occurring on farms. The efficacy of care farming is discussed and the broad utilization of care farming and farm care communities in Europe is reviewed. Though evidence from care farms in the United States is included in this review, the empirical evidence which could determine its efficacy is lacking...
April 13, 2017: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394281/was-jack-the-ripper-a-slaughterman-human-animal-violence-and-the-world-s-most-infamous-serial-killer
#5
Andrew Knight, Katherine D Watson
Hundreds of theories exist concerning the identity of "Jack the Ripper". His propensity for anatomical dissection with a knife-and in particular the rapid location and removal of specific organs-led some to speculate that he must have been surgically trained. However, re-examination of a mortuary sketch of one of his victims has revealed several aspects of incisional technique highly inconsistent with professional surgical training. Related discrepancies are also apparent in the language used within the only letter from Jack considered to be probably authentic...
April 10, 2017: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28353665/does-a-4-6-week-shoeing-interval-promote-optimal-foot-balance-in-the-working-equine
#6
Kirsty Leśniak, Jane Williams, Kerry Kuznik, Peter Douglas
Variation in equine hoof conformation between farriery interventions lacks research, despite associations with distal limb injuries. This study aimed to determine linear and angular hoof variations pre- and post-farriery within a four to six week shoeing/trimming interval. Seventeen hoof and distal limb measurements were drawn from lateral and anterior digital photographs from 26 horses pre- and post-farriery. Most lateral view variables changed significantly. Reductions of the dorsal wall, and weight bearing and coronary band lengths resulted in an increased vertical orientation of the hoof...
March 29, 2017: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333110/stakeholder-perceptions-of-welfare-issues-and-indicators-for-extensively-managed-sheep-in-australia
#7
Amanda K Doughty, Grahame J Coleman, Geoff N Hinch, Rebecca E Doyle
An online survey was designed to form the basis of a framework for the welfare assessment of extensively managed sheep in Australia. The survey focused on welfare compromise and useful welfare indicators. A total of 952 people completed the survey in its entirety, representing four stakeholder groups: Public (53.6%), Producer (27.4%), Scientist (9.9%), and Service provider (9.1%). Animal welfare was considered to be important by all participating groups in this survey (average score of 3.78/4). Respondents felt the welfare of grazing sheep was generally adequate but improvement was desired (2...
March 23, 2017: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333069/environmental-enrichment-in-kennelled-pit-bull-terriers-canis-lupus-familiaris
#8
Jenna Kiddie, Anna Bodymore, Alex Dittrich
Although social enrichment can be considered beneficial in helping dogs cope with the kennel environment, when taking individual needs into account, it places a large demand on the carers and may not be appropriate in under-resourced kennels. Some kennels are also designed in such a way that there is too much social interaction, in that individuals cannot choose to distance themselves from conspecifics. This study therefore aimed to assess the effects of easily accessible enrichment on the behaviour of kennelled Pit Bull Terrier type dogs rescued from a dog-fighting ring in the Philippines...
March 23, 2017: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327500/a-review-of-sustainability-enhancements-in-the-beef-value-chain-state-of-the-art-and-recommendations-for-future-improvements
#9
Danielle Maia de Souza, Ruaraidh Petre, Fawn Jackson, Monica Hadarits, Sarah Pogue, Cameron N Carlyle, Edward Bork, Tim McAllister
The beef sector is working towards continually improving its sustainability in order to achieve environmentally, socially and economically desirable outcomes, all of which are of increasing concern to consumers. In this context, the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB) provides guidance to advance the sustainability of the beef industry, through increased stakeholder engagement and the formation of national roundtables. Recently, the 2nd Global Conference on Sustainable Beef took place in Banff, Alberta, Canada, hosted by the GRSB and the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef...
March 22, 2017: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335483/land-use-for-edible-protein-of-animal-origin-a-review
#10
REVIEW
Gerhard Flachowsky, Ulrich Meyer, Karl-Heinz Südekum
The present period is characterized by a growing world population and a higher demand for more and better quality food, as well as other products for an improved standard of living. In the future, there will be increasingly strong competition for arable land and non-renewable resources such as fossil carbon-sources, water, and some minerals, as well as between food, feed, fuel, fiber, flowers, and fun (6 F's). Proteins of animal origin like milk, meat, fish, eggs and, probably, insects are very valuable sources of essential amino acids, minerals and vitamins, but their production consumes some non-renewable resources including arable land and causes considerable emissions...
March 18, 2017: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335392/conscientious-objection-to-animal-experimentation-in-italian-universities
#11
Ilaria Baldelli, Alma Massaro, Susanna Penco, Anna Maria Bassi, Sara Patuzzo, Rosagemma Ciliberti
In Italy, Law 413/1993 states that public and private Italian Institutions, including academic faculties, are obliged to fully inform workers and students about their right to conscientious objection to scientific or educational activities involving animals, hereafter written as "animal CO". However, little monitoring on the faculties' compliance with this law has been performed either by the government or other institutional bodies. Based on this premise, the authors have critically reviewed the existing data and compared them with those emerging from their own investigation to discuss limitations and inconsistencies...
March 13, 2017: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287420/the-need-for-formal-evidence-synthesis-in-food-policy-a-case-study-of-willingness-to-pay
#12
Beth Clark, Lynn J Frewer, Luca A Panzone, Gavin B Stewart
Meta-analysis is increasingly utilised in the understanding of consumer behaviour, including in relation to farm animal welfare. However, the issue of publication bias has received little attention. As willingness-to-pay (WTP) is widely used in policy, it is important to explore publication bias. This research aimed to evaluate publication bias in WTP, specifically public WTP for farm animal welfare. A systematic review of four databases yielded 54 studies for random effects meta-analysis. Publication bias was assessed by the Egger test, rank test, contour-enhanced funnel plots, and the Vevea and Hedges weight-function model...
March 10, 2017: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282913/of-fur-feather-and-fin-human-s-use-and-concern-for-non-human-species
#13
Elizabeth Byrd, Nicole Olynk Widmar, Joan Fulton
The public's concern for animal welfare is evolving and it is important to consider factors that are related to concern for animals and their use by humans. An online survey of 825 U.S. residents was conducted. Relationships between approval of animal uses and stated concern for animal welfare were examined. More than 90% of respondents reported that using animals for egg production, service or therapy, pets, and milk production was acceptable to them. Respondents who were younger or reported being female less frequently found most uses acceptable than older or male respondents...
March 9, 2017: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282911/public-understanding-and-attitudes-towards-meat-chicken-production-and-relations-to-consumption
#14
Ihab Erian, Clive J C Phillips
Little is known about public knowledge of meat chicken production and how it influences attitudes to birds' welfare and consumer behaviour. We interviewed 506 members of the public in SE Queensland; Australia; to determine how knowledge of meat chicken production and slaughter links to attitudes and consumption. Knowledge was assessed from 15 questions and low scores were supported by respondents' self-assessed report of low knowledge levels and agreement that their knowledge was insufficient to form an opinion about which chicken products to purchase...
March 9, 2017: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282909/individual-ranging-behaviour-patterns-in-commercial-free-range-layers-as-observed-through-rfid-tracking
#15
Hannah Larsen, Greg M Cronin, Sabine G Gebhardt-Henrich, Carolynn L Smith, Paul H Hemsworth, Jean-Loup Rault
In this exploratory study, we tracked free-range laying hens on two commercial flocks with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology with the aim to examine individual hen variation in range use. Three distinct outdoor zones were identified at increasing distances from the shed; the veranda [0-2.4 m], close range [2.4-11.4 m], and far range [>11.4 m]. Hens' movements between these areas were tracked using radio frequency identification technology. Most of the hens in both flocks (68.6% in Flock A, and 82...
March 9, 2017: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282889/statistical-evaluations-of-variations-in-dairy-cows-milk-yields-as-a-precursor-of-earthquakes
#16
Hiroyuki Yamauchi, Masashi Hayakawa, Tomokazu Asano, Nobuyo Ohtani, Mitsuaki Ohta
Previous studies have provided quantitative data regarding unusual animal behavior prior to earthquakes; however, few studies include long-term, observational data. Our previous study revealed that the milk yields of dairy cows decreased prior to an extremely large earthquake. To clarify whether the milk yields decrease prior to earthquakes, we examined the relationship between earthquakes of various magnitudes and daily milk yields. The observation period was one year. In the results, cross-correlation analyses revealed a significant negative correlation between earthquake occurrence and milk yields approximately three weeks beforehand...
March 8, 2017: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272340/factors-which-influence-owners-when-deciding-to-use-chemotherapy-in-terminally-ill-pets
#17
Jane Williams, Catherine Phillips, Hollie Marie Byrd
Chemotherapy is a commonly integrated treatment option within human and animal oncology regimes. Limited research has investigated pet owners' treatment decision-making in animals diagnosed with malignant neoplasia. Dog and cat owners were asked to complete an online questionnaire to elucidate factors which are key to the decision making process. Seventy-eight respondents completed the questionnaire in full. Fifty-eight percent of pet owners would not elect to treat pets with chemotherapy due to the negative impact of the associated side effects...
March 7, 2017: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272316/corporate-reporting-on-farm-animal-welfare-an-evaluation-of-global-food-companies-discourse-and-disclosures-on-farm-animal-welfare
#18
Rory Sullivan, Nicky Amos, Heleen A van de Weerd
The views that food companies hold about their responsibilities for animal welfare can strongly influence the lives and welfare of farm animals. If a company's commitment is translated into action, it can be a major driver of animal welfare. The Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW) is an annual evaluation of farm animal welfare-related practices, reporting and performance of food companies. The framework evaluates how close, based on their disclosures, companies are to best practice in three areas: Management Commitment, Governance & Performance and Leadership & Innovation...
March 6, 2017: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273810/dairy-cows-produce-less-milk-and-modify-their-behaviour-during-the-transition-between-tie-stall-to-free-stall
#19
Jan Broucek, Michal Uhrincat, Stefan Mihina, Miloslav Soch, Andrea Mrekajova, Anton Hanus
Transfer of cattle to an unknown barn may result in a reduction in its welfare. Housing and management practices can result in signs of stress that include a long-term suppression of milk efficiency. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the influence of moving cows from the stanchion-stall housing to free-stall housing on their behaviour and production. The Holstein cows were moved into the new facility with free-stall housing from the old barn with stanchion-stall housing. Cows lay down up to ten hours (596...
March 3, 2017: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257082/the-effect-of-lupinus-albus-on-growth-performance-body-composition-and-satiety-hormones-of-male-pigs-immunized-against-gonadotrophin-releasing-factor
#20
Karen Moore, Bruce Mullan, Jae Cheol Kim, Frank Dunshea
Two hundred and ninety four pigs were used with the aim to develop a dietary management strategy using Lupinus albus L. (albus lupins) to reduce the increase in feed intake and subsequent increase in carcass fatness in pigs immunized against gonadotrophin releasing factor (immunocastrates; IC males) and entire male pigs in the late finishing stage. From day (d) 0 to 28, IC males fed the control diet grew faster (p = 0.009) than entire males fed the control diet but there was no difference in growth rate between sexes for pigs fed albus lupins for 14 days pre-slaughter (Albus 14) or pigs fed albus lupins for 28 days pre-slaughter (Albus 28)...
March 2, 2017: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
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