In the Western world essentially, the “animal issue” is one of the important parameters of social relations. The theories about animal liberation imply radical new relationships with domestic animals and possibly a break with them. Criticisms about the animal production industry but also about numerous other sectors related to animals (circus, zoos, bull fighting…) undermine these activities and question their legitimacy. These criticisms weaken the professionals themselves who face new values, sensitivities and representations that they did not anticipate and are not prepared to cope with. The research done on the role of animals in our societies, irrespective of the scientific field or the country in which it’s carried out, forgets the fundamental root of our relationship with domestic animals: work. The “animal issue” study does not take into account work experience of several millennia with animals. The work dimension associated with animals is totally absent from scientific, social and ethical controversies. Our project is meant to question the status of animals at the workplace. Our strong assumption based upon our primary studies is that animals are not simply objects but are also subjective actors. In other words, our relationships with animals at the workplace are not only explained by our supposed domination, since the Neolithic Age, but are also based on interactive intelligence and negotiation with animals. Our goal is to understand how animals involve their subjectivities into working activities according to individuals, species, and working conditions. The project is under the umbrella of social sciences, especially sociology but also anthropology, psychology of work and philosophy. However, we will also find support from eco-ethology and agronomy. This is why the project is built upon multi-partnerships even though sociology is its backbone. The methods that we set up are those of the social sciences (interviews, questionnaires, observations, analysis with or without computing help). Also, small and medium-sized firms will be incorporated into our study in order to bring actual work experience to our research. The output of our research will be scientific, economic and social. They will contribute to the understanding of the human/animal relationship by introducing the working issue as a new angle in our scientific papers and books. It will help the sustainability of companies who work with animals, specifically in animal husbandry as well as in organic farming, by producing tools to transform their practices. Because communication about research is embedded in research itself, we set up partnerships to publish our work and conduct round table discussions about our findings. Agricultural education is one focus; another is the willingness to broadcast to a large audience.
Sometimes I read something so absolutely insane that I just want to post the whole thing and point and say see? Do you see what I see? And then I remember I'm supposed to be a journalist and thus, must do commentary using words instead of facial expressions and wild gesticulations. I followed a link this evening to the blog of Karen Porreca, an editor and editorial staff manager for PETA. Porreca has a PETA logo on her blog, as well as a little disclaimer on her blog that her opinions might not match up with the organization's. On at least one point, mentioned below, they're marching in lockstep, but the distinction between the personal mindset of someone who "has been with PETA since the very beginning" and official PETA policy is duly noted. First we learn the horrifyin
The dogs trained to spot cancer NHS trials are currently assessing if dogs could also be used to detect prostate cancer at an early stage. One study shows that specially trained dogs can pick up the presence of such cancer in urine samples, in 93% of cases. Iain Duncan Smith's wife Betsy was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, and became involved with the charity Medical Detection Dogs. In an exclusive film for this programme, the former Conservative Party leader says he wants to see it rolled out across the NHS.
With seizures, service dogs can help in three ways:
- The dogs are trained to respond to seizures; when their handler has a seizure, the dogs can alert others, protect the person, and help them as they recover from the seizure.
- In many cases, seizure response dogs have then developed the ability to alert to seizures before the seizure actually occur. Some scientists think the change in the physiology of their handler prior to the onset of a seizure may cause the handler to smell differently to the dog.
- In addition to the added safety of having the dogs alert and/or respond to seizures, new studies show that the quality of life of the handler is greatly improved by the presence of the dog.
While science knows that some dogs can predict seizures (see quotes below), they don't know how. One theory is that the dog's sense of smell tells them that a seizure is coming on, and thus the dog knows up to twenty minutes ahead of time.
Medical Detection Dogs uses the amazing power of the dog’s nose to detect human diseases. Our research is based on the dog’s ability to detect minute odour traces created by diseases. Because dogs are able to detect tiny odour concentrations, around one part per trillion (the equivalent of one teaspoon of sugar in two Olympic sized swimming pools), we are potentially able to detect diseases, such as cancer, much earlier than is currently possible.
Our pioneering work could help to speed up the diagnosis process and impact on thousands of lives. We are very excited and proud to be carrying out an NHS ethically approved study into the dogs’ ability to detect urological cancers using their sense of smell. Alongside the urological study we are running the first NHS ethically approved proof-of-principle trial exploring the ability of dogs to detect breast cancer and have interest from many in the medical profession on the potential to detect other cancers such as lung and colorectal cancers. Our cancer work has two main aims: To assist scientists through our research into the development of electronic systems (E noses) that will assist in the early detection of cancer through cheap non-invasive tests. In the short term, our cancer dogs could provide additional testing for cancers that are currently difficult to diagnose reliably, such as prostate cancer.
When considering what kinds of tasks to teach a service dog for an Autistic person, it is important not to get hung up on the concept of an all-purpose 'Autism service dog' but rather a dog specifically trained to mitigate the individual problems that a specific person experiences as a result of Autism. Autism is a spectrum disorder, and no two Autistic people will have precisely the same difficulties or strengths. Also, because Autism is a developmental disability, the way in which it affects the person will change over time, most noticeably in childhood and adolescence, but in adulthood as well. Autism may be frequently diagnosed in childhood, but it is a lifelong neurological condition. While Autism itself is no longer considered to be a psychiatric disability, it is a neurological disability that affects the way a person thinks and processes sensory information. Many Autistic people also have dyspraxia, which affects both fine motor and gross motor skills. Thus, people familiar with other types of service dogs will recognize tasks that are frequently taught to dogs trained to assist those with visual, hearing, mobility, and psychiatric disabilities. Remember, the dog is there to help the person, not the disability. It is also important to remember that a dog should not necessarily be the first choice in mitigating a difficulty that a person has, nor is it usually the easiest, best, cheapest, or most flexible solution. Generally, the purpose of a service animal for any disability is to replace dependence on human assistance, not on properly used assistive technology.
I think most Guide Dog owners or handlers have been accused of enslavement or cruelty to animals. I could not count on both hands the amount of times i’ve been told that using a dog to help me get around is inhumane and damn right abominable. The first time I was confronted with this attitude was only a few months after qualifying with Bailey. This animal rights activist stopped me in the street and asked did i know how cruel I was being to my dog for making him guide me around all of the time? I will not say that it isn’t a responsibility on the dog’s shoulders but historically we have used dogs in working environments for centuries.
Los perros son seleccionados genéticamente y entregados en adopción a familias voluntarias hasta que cumplen un año de vidaAunque estos animales cumplen un innegable servicio social, sus adiestramientos, que duran dos años, son controvertidos para algunos profesionales, porque se les desinhibe de sus instintosAlternativas tecnológicas, como el robot con funciones de perro guía, ya están en desarrollo
Este viernes murió Dayko, uno de los héroes de cuatro patas que ayudó en las labores de rescate en el cantón de Pedernales, provincia de Manabí. El jueves, el labrador había sufrido una descompensación en su salud por lo que fue atendido por un veterinario pero sus condiciones no mejoraron y murió esta mañana. Dayko había llegado a la zona más afectada por el terremoto de 7.8 grados junto a otros dos perros de la Unidad Canina del Cuerpo de Bomberos de Ibarra. Los pequeños héroes junto a 16 bomberos detectaron personas aún con vida y también ayudaron a rescatar 7 cuerpos de entre los escombros. La información y el contenido multimedia, publicados por la Agencia de Noticias Andes, son de carácter público, libre y gratuito. Pueden ser reproducidos con la obligatoriedad de citar la fuente. http://www.andes.info.ec/es/noticias/heroes-cuatro-patas-tambien-dieron-esperanza-ecuador.html
L' unità cinofila da ricerca e soccorso della Polizia di Stato composta dall'Ass. Agrestini Davide e dal cane "Sarotti" provenienti dalla squadra cinofila del centro di Coordinamento dei servizi a cavallo di Ladispoli il giono 24 agosto alle ore 10,30 circa nell'abitato di Amatrice ha individuato la presenza sotto le macerie della piccola Giulia poi estratta dai VVFF.
Medical Alert Assistance Dogs are trained to help people with life-threatening health conditions, giving them greater independence and above all saving their lives on a daily basis.
Our dogs are trained to assist individuals who manage complex health conditions. They are taught to identify the odour changes that are associated with life-threatening medical events. Currently the majority of our Medical Alert Assistance Dogs work with people with diabetes. However, we also provide alert dogs for those with other very dangerous health conditions including Addisonian crisis, which causes severe pain, convulsions and unconsciousness which lead to collapse and hospitalisation; and severe allergic responses. We continue to investigate other debilitating and potentially fatal conditions which our dogs may have the ability to help.
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