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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.

Year Four of HRC's Animal Tracker Launching Soon

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We're getting ready to launch year four of HRC's Animal Tracker annual survey of the public opinion and behavior of adults in the U.S. This year's survey, which will field in March, addresses specific behaviors that people change (or not) due to their concern for animals, perceived importance of humane education, and support for various advocacy tactics. We asked the exact same questions in 2008 and will be able to analyze changes over time. When the results are available in April, we’ll also refresh the Animal Tracker graphing tool that we launched in 2010.

HumaneSpot.org's Most Popular (and Important) Items of 2010

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2010 was the biggest year yet for HumaneSpot.org, with more users and more research content to help advocates help animals. The website is the Humane Research Council's primary means of sharing new research and we're excited to see that so many of you are making use of HumaneSpot.org and finding it valuable in your work for animals!

Humane State Rankings 2010

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by Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) released its second annual Humane State Ranking, a report rating all 50 states on a range of animal protection laws involving companion animals, animal cruelty and fighting, wildlife, animals and research, horses, and farm animals. The top ranking states in the 2010 survey includes California, New Jersey, Colorado, Main, and Massachusetts.


Big Cat Rescue Online Poll Results 2010

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The results of an online poll as of December 2010 hosted by Big Cats Rescue are provided in this summary. Sample sizes vary by question due to length of time individual questions have been available. Polls are open to general site traffic and the question language is geared toward these visitors; therefore results are representative only of the attitudes of Big Cat Rescue website visitors. Compared to the same survey questions results posted in July of 2009 the overall results reflect a 1% move across the board in favor of better attitudes toward protecting exotic cats from abuse through captive breeding and displaying.

Britons Call for Hunting Ban; Americans and Canadians Reject It

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According to the results of a 2010 Angus Reid poll, people in Britain are more alarmed about animal cruelty than those in the United States and Canada. Specific findings with respect to animals used for fur, hunting, food, and entertainment are included in this report.

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