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'Canis empathicus'? A proposal on dogs' capacity to empathize with humans

Empathy has long attracted the attention of philosophers and psychologists, and more recently, of evolutionary biologists. Interestingly, studies suggest that empathy is a phylogenetically continuous phenomenon, ranging across animals from automatic emotional activation in response to the emotions o…
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A Strategy for Dog-Owner Education

By conservative estimates, the humane societies and societies for the prevention of cruelty to animals in the United States euthanize over 15 million pets each year. It is a great shame that people who have devoted their lives to animals should be forced to destroy the majority of animals that pass …
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Human cerebral response to animal affective vocalizations

It is presently unknown whether our response to affective vocalizations is specific to those generated by humans or more universal, triggered by emotionally matched vocalizations generated by other species. Here, we used functional magnetic resonance imaging in normal participants to measure cerebra…
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Molecular insights into farm animal and zoonotic Salmonella infections

Salmonella enterica is a facultative intracellular pathogen of worldwide importance. Infections may present in a variety of ways, from asymptomatic colonization to inflammatory diarrhoea or typhoid fever depending on serovar- and host-specific factors. Human diarrhoeal infections are frequently acqu…
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Viewing Non-Human Animals Morally: How Should we Approach our Relationship with Non-Human Animals and what are Potential Policy Changes we can Make?

When thinking about non-human animals, people either take the rights perspective or the welfare perspective. I argue that a newer school of thought, known as the new welfarist position, is the best way of thinking about non-human animals because it seeks to phase out the use of non-human animals rai…
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Comparing the pelvis kinematics of able-bodied children during normal gait and when riding a therapeutic horse

Hippotherapy is a treatment strategy that uses horse movement as physical therapy tool for clients with a broad range of diagnoses including cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis. The prevailing theory is that the gait motion of the therapeutic horse provides sensory stimulus and movement patterns t…
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Characteristics of urban constructions occupied by bats

Certain bat species like Myotis velifer (cave myotis), Pipistrellus subflavus (eastern pipistrelle), and Tadarida brasiliensis (Mexican free-tailed) of Waco, Texas roost in buildings, sometimes even when more natural roosting structures are available. However, not much research has been done looking…
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Are owners' reports of their dogs' 'guilty look' influenced by the dogs' action and evidence of the misdeed?

While dog owners claim that their dogs’ greeting behaviour after having performed a misdeed indicates the dogs' ‘guilt’, current experimental evidence suggests that dogs show these ‘guilty look’ behaviours as a response to being scolded by their owners. Given reports that ‘guilty look’ behaviour…
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Institute for the Study of Human-Animal Relationships (ISHAR)

Canisius College affirms its strong commitment to the advancement of ethical thought as it pertains to mankind’s relationship with nature and the other species with which we share the planet. The Canisius College Institute for the Study of Human-Animal Relationships (ISHAR) is at the forefront of Hu…
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Are there differences in the relationship between children with autism and their pet cat vs children with standard development and their pet cat?

This little (dutch) research project showed no difference in the quality of the relationship between childeren with autism and their pet cats vs children with standard development and their pet cats.The bonding with the cat and accepting it the way it is play a major role in the quality of the relat…
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Paws to reflect Counselling

At Paws to Reflect we are also able to combine our professional qualifications with the presence of a dog or cat in the therapy room. Animals do not judge, they just accept us for what we are, and many people find that simply having one nearby enables them to talk more easily. The presence of an ani…
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Therapeutic Riding of Tri-Cities (TROT)

TROT wants to provide an environment that promotes physical, psychological, and social well-being of persons with disabilities through their interaction with a therapeutic team, consisting of a horse or dog, an instructor and/or a therapist, and volunteers. TROT offers programs in adaptive riding, h…
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The Battle Buddy Foundation

The Battle Buddy Foundation is the only national non-profit organization founded by veterans with the combined mission of assisting other veterans in the acquisition of psychiatric and mobility service dogs, providing a network of peer support and activity, and promoting education and awareness of P…
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USA Battle Buddies

As a nonprofit organization, USA Battle Buddies provides service assistance animals and veteran support to combat wounded veterans suffering from service connected physical disabilities and emotional stress related to their military service in order to help them transition back to civilian life. As …
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