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Towards an Ethical Framework for Animal-Based Attractions

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The public has long criticized the use of animals in the entertainment industry. This paper presents a discussion of animal rights in the hospitality and tourism industry and proposes ethical guidelines.

Wild Animals to be Banned from Traveling Circuses

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A recent survey by Animal Defenders International found overwhelming public sentiment against the inclusion of wild animals in circuses, based on concerns about animal welfare.

Animal Attractions Too Popular to Quit

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The popularity of animal attractions remains high despite concerns about animal welfare, according to a survey by Tui UK, which offers tourist excursions involving animals. The survey noted that two-thirds of Tui customers thought it was important for the company to consider animal welfare.

There are Big Gaps in our Knowledge, and thus Approach, to Zoo Animal Welfare

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Gaps in knowledge about zoo animals prevent improving animal welfare. Society tends to value environmental variables like space and companionship over other factors that may affect animal welfare. In addition, focus on mammals hinders efforts to improve the welfare of other species. By closing gaps of knowledge concerning zoo animals, society may improve the state of zoo animal welfare.

Programmatic Approaches to Assessing and Improving Animal Welfare in Zoos and Aquariums

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This article argues that the study, analysis, and sharing of information on animal welfare programs among different zoos and aquariums will potentially lead to improved animal welfare among all facilities.

HRC is Adding a New Research Director - Applicants Welcome!

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The Humane Research Council (HRC) is currently seeking an experienced research project manager, analyst, and writer to work for our organization as our newly appointed Research Director. The ideal candidate will have relevant experience with both analytical research and animal protection issues.

Informing Animal Advocates - What You Helped HRC Accomplish in 2009

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Now that 2009 has faded into memory, I'd like to share with you a few of the Humane Research Council's major accomplishments for the year. Thanks almost entirely to your support, we’re proud to have just completed HRC's most productive year in the nearly 10 years of our existence! And, we plan to make 2010 better yet by reaching even more animal advocates to help them maximize their efforts for animals with our strategic research.

Your Favorite Items for 2009

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As 2009 comes to a close, I thought I'd share some of users' favorite items from the past year. Based on the number of views, here are's most popular blog posts, research citations, and web pages for the year. They include a little bit of everything, from in vitro meat to hunting statistics to research on animal research. If we missed one of your personal favorites, please mention it in the comments section.

Immigrants, Animals, and the Suppression of Moral Dialogue

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As the immigrant population in the United States grows, cultural practices involving animals are under greater scrutiny; this paper discusses the multicultural interpretations of these practices and the potential conflicts that may arise between cultural and animal advocates.

Upcoming 3rd Wave of HRC's Animal Tracker

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Wave 3 of HRC's Animal Tracker, slated for early next year, will survey a representative sample of adults in the U.S., addressing questions like knowledge of various animal issues, the influence of concern for animals on personal choices, perceived impact of the animal protection movement, and support for the movement's goal of eliminating animal suffering. We'll also be able to compare the results with findings from the baseline survey, which was conducted in early 2008.

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