Animals, Volume 9, Issue 2 (February 2019) – 37 articles
Cover Story (view full-size image): Recently, increasing attention has been paid to the human psychological attributes influencing human–animal relationships and animal welfare. However, limited research has been dedicated to the identification and assessment of these attributes in the context of working equids, compared with livestock. This review explains why the inclusion of human psychological attributes, such as empathy, attitudes towards animals, perception of animal pain, and the owner´s locus of control, can benefit welfare research in working equids. In order to further improve working equids’ welfare on a global scale and develop holistic animal welfare strategies, it is necessary to understand the human psychological attributes that influence owner’s behaviour and modulate owner–equine interactions. View this paper
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