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dc.contributor.authorMcGrath, N.
dc.contributor.authorWalker, Jessica
dc.contributor.authorNilsson, D.
dc.contributor.authorPhillips, C.
dc.date.accessioned2015-03-16T20:26:33Z
dc.date.available2015-03-16T20:26:33Z
dc.date.issued2013
dc.identifier.issn0962-7286
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10652/2642
dc.description.abstractAnimals under human management are often separated from conspecifics, which may lead to behaviour indicative of separation distress or grief. For the purposes of this paper, grief is considered as a biological response to separation, indicated by a bi-phasic ‘protest-despair’ behavioural response. It is reasonable to assume that only animals which are able to form complex social bonds can experience grief. Scientific experiments have suggested that some farm and laboratory animals experience distress or grief as a result of maternal separation and social isolation. However, little is known about whether the public believe that animals are capable of grief. Therefore, we surveyed 1,000 members of the public to establish what knowledge they have about grief in animals and to compare this to what we know in science. The survey revealed that 90% of the general public believed that some or all animals can experience grief, with 23% believing that all animals can grieve. They attributed grief more to companion animals and animals with higher level cognitive abilities than to farm animals and animals that may be feared. It is concluded that public belief about grief in animals extends beyond scientific evidence, and that educating people about scientific findings and management practices connected with grief and separation distress may improve the welfare of farm and laboratory animals.en_NZ
dc.language.isoenen_NZ
dc.publisherUniversities Federation for Animal Welfareen_NZ
dc.rights© 2013 Universities Federation for Animal Welfare, The Old School, Brewhouse Hill, Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire AL4 8AN, UKen_NZ
dc.subjectanimalsen_NZ
dc.subjectanimal welfareen_NZ
dc.subjectemotionen_NZ
dc.subjectgriefen_NZ
dc.subjectpublic attitudesen_NZ
dc.subjectseparationen_NZ
dc.titlePublic attitudes towards grief in animalsen_NZ
dc.typeJournal Articleen_NZ
dc.rights.holderUniversities Federation for Animal Welfareen_NZ
dc.identifier.doidoi: 10.7120/09627286.22.1.033en_NZ
dc.subject.marsden060801 Animal Behaviouren_NZ
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationMcGrath, N., Walker, J., Nilsson, D., and Phillips, C. (2013). Public attitudes towards grief in animals. Animal Welfare. 22 : 33-47en_NZ
unitec.institutionThe University of Edinburgh,en_NZ
unitec.institutionUniversity of Queenslanden_NZ
unitec.institutionUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
unitec.publication.spage33en_NZ
unitec.publication.lpage47en_NZ
unitec.publication.volume22en_NZ
unitec.publication.titleAnimal Welfareen_NZ
unitec.peerreviewedyesen_NZ
unitec.identifier.roms54645en_NZ


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