Trends in Intake and Outcome Data for Animal Shelters in a Large U.S. Metropolitan Area, 1989 to 2010

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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.

Animal Tracker - Year 6

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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.

An Evaluation of Exercise Pen Use by Circus Tigers (Pathera tigris tigris)

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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 Tool

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Animal Tracker Visualization ToolWhich social justice causes have the most support among US adults? Do people trust scientists, the media, or animal advocates more when it comes to issues of animal welfare? How often are animal welfare and animals rights issues discussed by the average US adult? What animal issues garner the most support? You can get answers to these questions and many others without ever turning the page of a research report, thanks to HRC’s popular Animal Tracker graphing tool. We just added the results for year five and advocates can now visualize the changes in public opinion and behavior between 2008, 2009 and 2011. Please make use of the tool and let us know what you think!

Animal Tracker - Year 5

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This report summarizes results from Wave 5 of the Animal Tracker annual survey of U.S. adults regarding attitudes and behavior toward animals. The first survey (Wave 1, 2008) included 16 questions; five of these questions were asked again in 2009 (Wave 2) and in the current wave (Wave 5, 2012). In summary, the most recent survey finds that while there is generally a high level of support for the animal protection movement and concern for animals in various situations, it has been declining over time. US adults are also devoting less attention to animal protection issues than in previous years and are more likely to feel that the current legal protections for animals are adequate.

Coming Soon: Year Five of HRC's Animal Tracker

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We’re getting ready to launch year five of HRC’s Animal Tracker annual survey of the public opinions and behavior of adults in the U.S. This year’s survey, which will field in March, addresses opinions toward various social movements, who people trust to provide information about animal welfare, opinions about the adequacy of animal protection laws, attitudes toward the importance of animal welfare in various situations, and the frequency with which people discuss animal protection issues. We asked the exact same questions in 2008 and 2009 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 so that the results will be easy to access and interpret.

Feline Conservation Federation Census Documents Less than 3,000 Tigers in America

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The Feline Conservancy Federation conducted a census of all tigers in the U.S. They used the Freedom of Information Act to obtain all USDA and state wildlife organizations' records on the matter and sought out information from private "owners" and sanctuaries as well. They found a total of 2,884 tigers in the U.S. in captivity.

Elephants in Circuses: Analysis of Practice, Policy, and Future

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This policy paper reviews literature addressing the well-being of elephants in captivity and makes recommendations for changes. The paper provides a list of current laws regulating elephants in captivity, by state, as well as an extensive list of studies addressing the issue. Overall, the paper reports that current laws are inadequate for protecting elephants in captivity.

Campaign to Ban Wild Circus Animals Wins Huge Public Support

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The results of a poll conducted by The Independent finds that 71% of British citizens are in support of a ban on wild animals performing in circuses, while 21% are opposed and 7% don't know.

How Common is Animal-Friendly Behavior? HRC's New Data Might Surprise You

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Every year, the Humane Research Council conducts an annual survey of U.S. adults that we call the "Animal Tracker." The survey enables advocates to track and understand how public opinion and behavior is changing over time, with respect to a wide variety of critically important animal protection issues. HRC has just completed year four of the Animal Tracker and the report is now available (for free) on

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