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How Common is Animal-Friendly Behavior? HRC's New Data Might Surprise You

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Every year, the Humane Research Council conducts an annual survey of U.S. adults that we call the "Animal Tracker." The survey enables advocates to track and understand how public opinion and behavior is changing over time, with respect to a wide variety of critically important animal protection issues. HRC has just completed year four of the Animal Tracker and the report is now available (for free) on

The Animal Tracker (Wave 4 - March 2011)

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This report summarizes results from Wave 4 of the Animal Tracker annual survey of U.S. adults regarding their attitudes and behavior toward animals. In summary, the results continue to show strong support for humane education and many other advocacy tactics. However, support for all tactics is lower than it was in 2008 and there appear to be fewer people engaging in animal-friendly behaviors, perhaps in part due to the economic downturn.

Animal Ethics: The Capabilities Approach

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This paper discusses Martha Nussbaum's Quality of Life approach that establishes ten capabilities, including nine that apply to animals, and how this approach contributes to the understanding of animal nature and animal welfare.

HRC Happenings - April 2011

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Unless you subscribe to our e-newsletter, you may have missed the announcement of HRC's new research training workshops. You can choose from three standard training topics including hour-long, half-day, and full-day formats offered online or in person, or we'll be happy to customize a workshop for you. Keep reading for details about the different types of workshops and formats that we offer to advocates, at discounted rates, and then contact HRC to discuss arranging a workshop for your team. Also in this month's update: Profound wildlife experiences; 3 steps to better advocacy; and consumer decision-making about animal-friendly products.

A Conservation Ethic and the Collecting of Animals by Institutions of Natural Heritage in the Twenty-First Century

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"It is a core task of collecting institutions like museums to take examples of animals and preserve them as specimens in collections. In the twenty-first century, museums are equally the places where research is conducted and education is promoted in the service of conservation of animals in an era of the decline of biodiversity. In this paper, the balance of co-operation between collecting of animals by museums and the promotion and scientific pursuit of conservation of fauna in those museums is considered. As a “challenge” to museum science, it is considered in the context of Australia’s oldest museum, and its policy and practice in the current century."

New Florida Poll Reveals Voter Attitudes on Key Animal Welfare Issues

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Florida voters remain strongly opposed to the trophy hunting of black bears, the breeding of dogs in puppy mills, and greyhound racing as a form of entertainment, according to this March 2011 poll sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

HRC on the Spring/Summer Conference Circuit

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One of the primary goals of the Humane Research Council is to train advocates to better understand and utilize public opinion and behavior research in their work for animals. We're pleased to say that HRC personnel will be presenting at several upcoming conferences and we hope you can join us for some interesting workshops and discussions. The season begins with HRC's Research Director Carol Glasser appearing at the annual conference of the Institute for Critical Animal Studies, where her talk will be on "Putting Research within Reach." Keep reading for the complete list of HRC's appearances at upcoming conferences.

Veterinary Care for Horse Transportation by Air

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Horses are transported by air for a variety of reasons including competition, breeding and trade. This article summarizes the potential stress and physiological effects of air transport on horses.

2010 Top Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants

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Based on the welfare policies and living conditions of the elephants housed within each zoo, In Defense of Animals (IDA) compiled a list of the top ten worst zoos for elephants; the three worst ranking zoos are the San Antonio Zoo, the Edmonton Valley Zoo, and the Buttonwood Park Zoo.

Empowering the Grassroots with Your Support

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The Humane Research Council is very happy to announce that we have met the initial fundraising goal of $10,000 for our new Grassroots Research Fund! Thank you to the generous individuals and organizations that donated to this important new fund, which will bring the power of research to small animal organizations. A very special thanks to the generous donor who matched all donations that came in before the New Year. Hopefully, the help that HRC provides through the Grassroots Research Fund will allow some animal advocacy groups to double their impact as well.

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