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Dolphin-Human Interaction Programs: Policies, Problems And Alternatives

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This policy paper summarizes the main policies in the U.S. that effect the welfare of dolphins in captivity. The paper also discusses the various ways that people use dolphins for entertainment. The paper concludes with recommendations to improve the rights and welfare of dolphins in the U.S.

Elephants in Circuses: Analysis of Practice, Policy, and Future

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This policy paper reviews literature addressing the well-being of elephants in captivity and makes recommendations for changes. The paper provides a list of current laws regulating elephants in captivity, by state, as well as an extensive list of studies addressing the issue. Overall, the paper reports that current laws are inadequate for protecting elephants in captivity.

Releasing Wild Success

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This report details the opinions and behaviors of zoo-goers based on a survey of 505 U.S. adults who visited zoo attractions in 2011.

The Moral and Conceptual Universe of Cockfighters: Symbolism and Rationalization

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For this study, a researcher observed cockfights to investigate the justifications cockfighters use for participating in the activity. The researcher found that cockfighters value tradition, consider the activity a symbolic link to a "mythic and heroic past," and use "pseudo-psychological" justifications for their participation, such as that the birds do not feel pain.

New Humane Trends Study and Website Released Today

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Today we are launching our new Humane Trends report and the accompanying website, www.HumaneTrends.com. Put simply, Humane Trends is a barometer of the status of animal protection in the United States. The study brings together a collection of 25 diverse indicators to assess the status and progress of animal well-being, providing a comprehensive view of animal use and abuse in the United States to help inform animal advocates as well as policymakers and the public.

Humane Trends Baseline Report (2011)

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Humane Trends is a barometer of the status of animal protection in the United States. This study brings together a collection of 25 diverse indicators to assess the status and progress of animal well-being, providing a comprehensive view of animal use and abuse in the United States to help inform animal advocates as well as policymakers and the public. Although Humane Trends compiles the most accurate data currently available for each indicator, the overall study is limited by the lack of reliable data regarding animal protection issues. Humane Trends serves to underscore the need for further research and more accurate information about our treatment of animals.

Research Shows Damaging Influence Of Media On Public Perceptions Of Chimpanzees

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This article highlights a research study investigating the effects that media portrayals of chimpanzees have on the public's understanding of the species. The study relied on digital images portraying chimpanzees in different ways, and then surveyed respondents' beliefs and attitudes after viewing the images.

Animal Actors: Recent Tragedy and a Possible Solution

Controversy surrounding a couple new movies has highlighted the plight of animals in the entertainment industry, particularly in film. Video footage came out showing the stars of the movie in Water for Elephants, who are elephants, being hurt and mistreated during training. Also, a number of websites have called for a boycott of the soon-to-be released movie Zookeeper, after Tweet, a giraffe, died shortly after acting in the movie. I live in the Los Angeles area, so the issue of animals in films is present in my mind, but this is likely not something that most people think about. However, animals are used in films every day and their experiences need to be closely monitored and considered by animal advocates.

Visitor Effects on Zoo Orangutans in Two Novel, Naturalistic Enclosures

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Based on observation of orangutans in zoos with "naturalistic enclosures," researchers studied how human presence influenced the behavior of the orangutans. Specifically, they investigated the effects of the number, sound levels, and proximity of human visitors to the orangutan residents.

How Abnormal Is the Behaviour of Captive, Zoo-Living Chimpanzees?

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This study sought to identify the prevalence of abnormal behavior among captive chimpanzees living in zoos. The study is based on 1,200 hours of observation of 40 chimpanzees living in zoos in the United States and United Kingdom.

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