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Animal Mistreatment Deters Brits from Holiday Spots

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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.


Cinema For Social Change? (Part 2 of 3)

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In the first post of this series, I discussed the importance of positive nonhuman animal (hereafter animal) representations in mainstream cinema and the inherent potential to create social change contained within these representations. In this second installment, I analyze the animal-centered discussion generated through movies, by looking at one movie that has created such discussion: the 2011 summer blockbuster Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Cinema for Social Change? (Part 1 of 3)

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Social issues portrayed in a motion picture’s narrative can resonate with audiences and generate discussion around these issues. This discussion, or discourse, can help construct new ways of thinking and talking about social issues or it can perpetuate the manner in which these issues are already being discussed. So how are nonhuman animal (hereafter animal) issues in mainstream cinema portrayed? And do the discussions originating from positive portrayals of animals and animal related matters have the power to create social change?

You Have to See It to Believe It: The Animal Tracker Results Can Now be Viewed on HRC's Graphing Tool

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Animal Tracker Visualization ToolWhich social justice causes have the most support among US adults? Do people trust scientists, the media, or animal advocates more when it comes to issues of animal welfare? How often are animal welfare and animals rights issues discussed by the average US adult? What animal issues garner the most support? You can get answers to these questions and many others without ever turning the page of a research report, thanks to HRC’s popular Animal Tracker graphing tool. We just added the results for year five and advocates can now visualize the changes in public opinion and behavior between 2008, 2009 and 2011. Please make use of the tool and let us know what you think!

Animal Tracker - Year 5

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This report summarizes results from Wave 5 of the Animal Tracker annual survey of U.S. adults regarding attitudes and behavior toward animals. The first survey (Wave 1, 2008) included 16 questions; five of these questions were asked again in 2009 (Wave 2) and in the current wave (Wave 5, 2012). In summary, the most recent survey finds that while there is generally a high level of support for the animal protection movement and concern for animals in various situations, it has been declining over time. US adults are also devoting less attention to animal protection issues than in previous years and are more likely to feel that the current legal protections for animals are adequate.

Animal Protection Ranked as Most Favorable Social Cause

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We are excited to announce that the 2012 Animal Tracker results are here! This is the most comprehensive survey addressing issues of relevance to the animal protection cause. This year's survey highlights how far we have come as a movement, and what areas need more work.

Sympathetic Reactions to the Bait Dog in a Film of Dog Fighting: The Influence of Personality and Gender

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In this study, respondents viewed a dog fighting video and were surveyed to measure various personality traits as well as their attitudes toward the dog who was used as "bait" in the film. The authors examined the connections between gender, personality traits and attitudes toward the dog used as bait.

Mangled Horses, Maimed Jockeys

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A recent study conducted by the New York Times analyzed information on 150,000 horse races, race track injury reports, and drug test results from 2009-2011. The study found very high incidents of injury, death, and illegal drug use on US racetracks.

AP Finds 5K Horse Deaths Since 2003

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This is the first known study that attempted to compile information on the number of thoroughbred horses that die on racetracks in the U.S. Overall, there were 5,000 thoroughbred deaths due to racing between 2003 and mid-2008.

Study Reveals Decision-Making Over Horse Supplements

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This survey examines the decision-making processes of horse-owners when deciding upon which supplements to buy. The study involves a collaborative effort between veterinarians and supplement makers to determine what horse-owners' concerns are and who they go to for advice about supplements.

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