Wildlife and Exotics
This paper presents case studies of two chimpanzees who were orphaned and then raised in captivity in businesses throughout their youth. Decades after their rescue, and being sent to live at sanctuaries, the behavior of these chimpanzees was assessed to determine the impact of their early years of captivity. Through interviews with caregivers, noninvasive observation, and review of case files, the behavior of the chimpanzees was assessed. Both were found to engage in behaviors stereotypical of physical or psychological trauma, decades after their captivity had ended.
A survey of commissioned by the Royal Society For the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) found that a majority of British citizens would not want to wear real fur and that half would not want to buy fur products if they are not clearly labeled as to whether they are real or fake fur.
This survey details the demographic characteristics and trapping behaviors of licensed trappers in the state of New Jersey. As of November 15, 2011, 61,840 animals were trapped and killed in New Jersey. Their fur is valued at $586,491. Almost all of the trappers surveyed were male (97%) and a majority were over the age of 39 (72%). The most popular traps were Conibear (body grip) traps (74%) and cable restrains (63%).
This study examines mink raised on fur farms. It has been argued that if they are not caught in the wild and have never known anything but a cage, particularly if they are the offspring of caged mink, then they will not have their regular natural inclinations. To test this, the authors gave mink enhanced cages and examined whether they experienced stress when those enhancements were removed. The mink became especially stressed when access to a water pool was blocked, indicating that that their natural instincts and desires remained even if born and raised in captivity.
The National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation has been conducted every five years and provides data on the number of participants involved in each activity. The full report contains data on: number of anglers, hunters, and wildlife-watching participants, by type of activity, trips and days spent on different types of activities, expenditures (trip, equipment, etc.), by type of fishing and hunting and wildlife-watching activity, number of persons and days of participation by animal sought, demographic characteristics of participants (including age, income, sex, race, and education).
Visitors to zoos and aquariums often see animals pacing, swimming in circles, or performing similar acts not normally found in nature. For those concerned about the well-being of captive animals, such observations raise serious questions about the ability of such environments - even those considered "enriched" - to provide for animals' emotional and physical health.
This study examined whether caged mink were bored/ depressed and how they would react if provided stimuli. Some mink were housed in enriched cages and others in non-enriched cages. Mink in non-enriched cages were much faster to go to new stimuli and spend more time with the stimuli than those in enriched cages, indicating they were experiencing boredom.
This report provides a detailed listing of animal protection laws in each Canadian jurisdiction. The laws are evaluated and scored so that the strength of animal protection laws can be compared across jurisdictions. Manitoba, British Columbia, Ontario, and Nova Scotia ranked in the top tier while Prince Edward Island, Northwest Territories, Quebec, and Nunavut ranked in the lowest tier.
This report compiles and analyzes data to evaluate progress toward increasing the amount of land and waterways protected by nations worldwide. The report finds that protected areas are increasing. Protected terrestrial areas, including land and inland waterways, increased from by 8.8% in 1990 to 12.7% in 2012 and the amount of ocean areas covered increased from .9% to 4%.
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