Entertainment Animals's Most Popular (and Important) Items of 2010

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2010 was the biggest year yet for, 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 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.

Most Spanish Zoos at Risk of Animals Escaping

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A study conducted by the Ethology and Animal Welfare Unit of Cardenal-Herrera University examined 1,568 animal houses in 63 Spanish zoos and concluded that there is potential for animals in zoos to escape due to insecure housing or by getting through physical barriers surrounding their enclosures.

Binaries, Boundaries and Bullfighting: Multiple and Alternative Human-Animal Relations in the Spanish Mounted Bullfight

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Using bullfighting in Spain as an illustration, this paper strives to demonstrate that human-animal interactions are more complicated than the "binary" ways they are often perceived. The author considers the post-binary ways of being human, animal, and human-animal in Spain.

New Tool to Visualize Public Opinion Data

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At HRC, we work hard to inform animal advocates with the latest, most in-depth public opinion and behavior research relating to animals. But we don't stop at merely providing access to the data; we also strive to help advocates make sense of it. That's why HRC is especially pleased to announce a new tool to visually graph all of the data from our annual Animal Tracker surveys. The tool, developed by, also allows users to compare survey responses by demographic segment or over time.

Animal Tracker Graphing Tool

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This page provides instructions for advocates to view and filter the results of HRC's Animal Tracker annual survey in graphical form. If you find this tool useful in your work for animals, please donate to HRC to help us keep it updated. Note: To use the graphing tool, you must be a registered user of (which is entirely free). Please go here to register.

Spotlight on HRC's Independent Research

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In a nutshell, the Humane Research Council (HRC) does three things: 1) Help our clients by designing -- and analyzing results from -- a wide variety of research projects; 2) Make resources like available to both animal groups and individual advocates; and 3) Produce independent research to inform advocates and help them be more effective. However, some readers may not be aware of HRC's independent research; the full reports are free and available online, so here's a quick overview.

HRC’s Free Research Primer Series

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When fellow animal advocates ask me questions about research on animal protection issues, I typically ask them if they have looked at our research primers. In response, I usually hear "Research what? Where?" I am guessing that many advocates, even those of you who follow our work, are not aware of the full wealth of free data we have available. Here I want to highlight HRC's research primers, since they are a free resource that can help all advocates better understand the issues on which they are working. So let me tell you a little about them.

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