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How to Decide Whether to Move Species Threatened by Climate Change

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This article proposes a framework to perform rigorous, quantitative cost/benefit analysis of proposals to relocate plant and animal species threatened by climate change. The framework is consistent with the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s guidelines, and can be used to evaluate a single proposed relocation, to compare species as well as strategies or locations, and to focus future research by pinpointing areas where data is insufficient.



Year of the Thoughtful Advocate

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Knowledge is power. In a world where animal suffering is common and animal-based industries make billions of dollars, the best tool that animal advocates have is information… to find sympathetic audiences, make compelling arguments, identify effective tactics, and measure our impact. Without this knowledge, we may just be treading water, and animals deserve better.

A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats

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The Humane Research Council is a very different kind of animal group. We save animals by helping advocates be more effective and use their limited resources as wisely as possible. Our work helps lift all animal protection efforts to new levels through our free resources, deeply discounted services, and collaborative research studies. Please be a part of this important mission by making a contribution to HRC today so we can continue providing live-saving research.

What People are Saying About HRC

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The Humane Research Council does a lot with very little. Our team of just two paid staffers helps thousands of animal advocates every year, including small animal groups, students and scholars, and individual advocates. As you think about which organizations to support with your end-of-year donations, please consider the following quotes from people that HRC has helped through client projects, one-on-one support, and our research website, HumaneSpot.org. We appreciate any support you can provide.

What small animal group will we help next?

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Grassroots advocacy is the heart and soul of the animal protection movement. But small animal groups are sorely underfunded; they rely mostly on volunteer time and donated resources. We’re excited to announce that HRC will be accepting new applications for the Grassroots Research Fund starting in January! But we can’t do this alone. We’re committing $2,500, but we urgently need your help to match that amount to provide another grassroots project in 2014. Can you donate today?

Statistics Without Borders Offering Free Assistance to Animal Advocates

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Statistics Without Borders provides entirely pro bono statistical help for data analysis, survey planning, and related activities and is interested in working with animal advocates and animal protection organizations. In addition to providing direct assistance (with both basic and advanced statistical analysis), SWB also trains individuals in statistics and statistical programming.



Evaluation of Excess Significance Bias in Animal Studies of Neurological Diseases

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This paper brings into question the literature on animal studies and neurological disorders. The authors reviewed more than 4,000 studies on the topic and concluded that there was an excess of studies with statistically significant results, which suggests strong biases in the literature.





Efficient Cooperative Restraint Training With Rhesus Macaques

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Primate chairs, which evoke strong feelings among animal advocates and others, are used by vivisectors to restrain non-human primates during experiments. This study looks at the outcome of efforts to train adult rhesus macaques to cooperate with these devices by using positive and negative reinforcement.



Communication Patterns Within a Group of Shelter Dogs and Implications for Their Welfare

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Some shelter dogs are enriched by the company of others, while less social individuals can find such interactions more stressful than enjoyable, particularly over time. This study examined the communication patterns of shelter dogs to uncover ways in which staff can limit problematic encounters. The author discusses how the findings can be used to advance the welfare of shelter dogs, particularly when exploring group housing and determining who will be the best penmates.



Psychological and Socio-demographic Predictors of Attitudes toward Animals

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The study's authors administered a number of psychological scales—including the Attitudes to Animals Scale, Empathy to Animals Scale, and Belief in Animal Mind Questionnaire—in an effort to uncover what sociodemographic and psychological variables impact attitudes towards animals. The findings indicate that participants’ anthropomorphic beliefs, companion animal guardianship, gender, and ability to empathize with animals are significant predictors of attitudes towards animal. The authors indicate that important factors to consider in designing animal advocacy initiatives include individuals’ capacity to empathize with animals and their tendency to anthropomorphize certain animals.

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