Gender, Class, and Social Movement Outcomes: Identity and Effectiveness in Two Animal Rights CampaignsSubmitted on Jul 15, 2014 (Original item from 1999) Advocacy Strategies | Entertainment Animals | General Animal Protection | Wildlife and Exotics
This study explores how gender and class impacts the interactions of animal advocates with their target audiences. The same advocacy group established more credibility and impacted more opinions with circus patrons than with hunters. After conducting in-depth interviews with all participants, the author found the circus was a relatively gender-neutral context, but that hunters saw themselves and hunting in stereotypically "male" terms (rational, scientific, outdoorsy, physical), and further, dismissed advocates in stereotypically "female" terms (over-emotional, uninformed, urban).
This report summarizes results from Year 7 of the Animal Tracker, an annual survey of U.S. adults regarding their attitudes and behavior toward animals. In summary, the most recent survey continues to show strong support for humane education and many other animal advocacy tactics. However, there appears to be a slight erosion in this support compared with survey results from 2011 and 2008 and fewer people are engaging in animal-friendly behavior compared with previous years.
Trends in Intake and Outcome Data for Animal Shelters in a Large U.S. Metropolitan Area, 1989 to 2010Submitted on Mar 26, 2014 (Original item from 2014) Companion Animals | General Animal Protection
The authors of this article compiled statistics from 4 large animal shelters in the greater Denver, CO metropolitan area over a 22 year period (1989-2010). Overall, intake and euthanasia of dogs and cats dropped substantially over the study period. However, intake and euthanasia of cats increased slightly over the past decade, for reasons that are unclear. More detailed record-keeping, particularly for cats, could help identify additional interventions to increase adoptions and continue to reduce overpopulation and euthanasia.
This report summarizes results from Year 6 of the Animal Tracker annual survey of U.S. adults regarding attitudes and behavior toward animals. The first survey (Year 1, 2008) included 16 questions; a subset of five of these questions was repeated in Year 3 (2010) and again in the current year (Year 6, 2013). In summary, the most recent survey finds that, while there is limited knowledge of animals other than companions, most people believe it is important to protect all animals. The perceived impact of animal advocates is modest, but most people hold favorable attitudes toward animal protection and support advocacy goals.
In this study circus tigers were given access to an exercise pen while on tour in California and their behavior observed. Not surprisingly, these big cats made use of the pen, particularly during the day. Also not surprisingly however is that access to the pen did not eliminate their stereotypic pacing and the tigers spent over half their time in the pen lying down.
You Have to See It to Believe It: The Animal Tracker Results Can Now be Viewed on HRC's Graphing ToolSubmitted by Carol L. Glasser on Jun 08, 2012 Advocacy Strategies | Animal Experimentation | Companion Animals | Diet and Nutrition | Entertainment Animals | Farmed Animals | General Animal Protection | Research Tools and Methods | Vegetarianism and Veganism | Wildlife and Exotics
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