The National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation has been conducted every five years and provides data on the number of participants involved in each activity. The full report contains data on: number of anglers, hunters, and wildlife-watching participants, by type of activity, trips and days spent on different types of activities, expenditures (trip, equipment, etc.), by type of fishing and hunting and wildlife-watching activity, number of persons and days of participation by animal sought, demographic characteristics of participants (including age, income, sex, race, and education).
This report provides a detailed listing of animal protection laws in each Canadian jurisdiction. The laws are evaluated and scored so that the strength of animal protection laws can be compared across jurisdictions. Manitoba, British Columbia, Ontario, and Nova Scotia ranked in the top tier while Prince Edward Island, Northwest Territories, Quebec, and Nunavut ranked in the lowest tier.
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This study examines the presence of mood and anxiety diorders in chimpanzees. Measures of anxiety and mood disorders developed to assess humans were used to evaluate chimpanzees. Existing case reports of traumatized chimpanzees and chimpanzees living in sanctuaries were examined. The researchers found a much higher prevalence of anxiety disorders and obsessive compulsive disorders in chimpanzees living in sanctuaries (18% and 19%, respectively) compared to no evidence of such disorders among chimpanzees living in their natural habitat.
This study is the first to evaluate the effectiveness of annual zoo inspections in Britain that check on compliance with the Zoo Licensing Act 1981. The study found that the inspections were inadequate to meet the needs of effectively evaluating animal welfare as one-tenth of the inspections did not fulfill the legal requirements for such inspections and inspectors’ notes did not accurately describe how welfare was assessed. Further, the inspections were brief, never lasting more than a day and sometimes having more than one zoo assessed by the same inspector in a single day. Overall, 24% of zoos inspected did not comply with all necessary standards.
A survey conducted for the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society has identified that many US adults are opposed to keeping orcas in captivity for display purposes. Most people said they would still continue to visit zoos and marine parks even if they were to stop keeping captive orcas.
Over half of British tourists say witnessing an animal being mistreated while vacationing abroad would stop them returning to that country again. However, most people who had witnessed an incident of animal abuse while abroad did not report it. The Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad (SPANA) has released an ethical animal tourism guide, and advises tourists to do their research before engaging in animal-related activities in a foreign country.
You Have to See It to Believe It: The Animal Tracker Results Can Now be Viewed on HRC's Graphing ToolSubmitted by Carol L. Glasser on Jun 08, 2012 Advocacy Strategies | Animal Experimentation | Companion Animals | Diet and Nutrition | Entertainment Animals | Farmed Animals | General Animal Protection | Research Tools and Methods | Vegetarianism and Veganism | Wildlife and Exotics
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