Gorillas in the Snow

Thousands of primates are held in captive conditions worldwide, where they are routinely exposed to different stimuli compared to their natural environments. Primates develop a wide range of behaviours, shaped by their environments, which differ in frequency, form, context and/or intensity from the behaviour of their wild conspecifics . This …

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Pets Emotions Device (PED)

Our  own  well-being  is  closely  connected  with  the  welfare  of  the  animals  with  whom  we  live. Understanding and empathizing with animals would provide a change toward a more animal-friendly, and  hence  sustainable  society.  By  taking  the  companion  animal-owner  relationships  as  a  starting point, we propose to develop a device that …

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Human Animal Sustainability Fund

The goal is to support scientific research at UM that is focused on sustainable human-animal relationships that improve the welfare of humans and animals. More specifically, the fund will support research into the role of animals (including domestic animals) in optimising human health. This can include supporting PhD research, stimulating …

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Report Emotions Pets

A report describing the results of a Dutch questionnaire regarding the emotions of pets is online available. Het rapport van het onderzoek naar de emoties van honden en katten staat online.  Meer dan 1000 ingevulde enquêtes werden geretourneerd. Alhoewel uit de gehele wereld afkomstig (de enquête was zowel in het Nederlands als …

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Keynote: Human-animal interactions: a sustainable relationship?

Keynote presented by prof.dr. Pim Martens at the IAHAIO annual symposium 24-26 July 2014 Amsterdam “Bridging Cultural and Disciplinary Boundaries in Human-Animal Interactions” If we look at the many sustainability indicators that have been developed over the years, it is striking to see that animal-wellbeing, also in the field of animal assisted interventions hardly plays a …

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Blog: Sustanimalism

“The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated” Mahatma Gandhi said many years ago. Somewhere between this observation and the sustainability debate in recent years, it has gone wrong. If we look at the many sustainability indicators that have been developed over the …

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Blog: The Sustainable Zoo

After killing Marius Giraffe and four lions in the zoo of Copenhagen, the Longleaf Safari and Adventure Park in Britain killed six lions including four cubs. Now the zoo of Bern in Switzerland killed a healthy baby-bear. These actions stress the need to look critical at role of zoos. The …

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