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Wild horses in the US are being shot with contraceptive darts

Center for Animals and Public Policy director, Dr. Allen Rutberg, is quoted and research referenced in the article in New Scientist science and technology magazine Published January 26, 2020 By Alice Klein Shooting wild horses with contraceptive darts may help curb their numbers in parts of the US where their populations are ballooning out of control. Horses Read More

Frames, facts, and the science of communicating environmental crises

Authors: Josephine E.M. Martell (Tufts MAPP class of 2003) and Amanda D. Rodewald Published: October 15, 2019 Conservation Biology. Accepted Author Manuscript. https://doi.org/10.1111/cobi.13424 Article Impact Statement: Efforts to frame issues should be supported by empirical research related to both word choice and effects on opinion and decision making. “In May, the independent UK newspaper, the Read More

Efficacy of dart-delivered PZP-22 immunocontraceptive vaccine in wild horses (Equus caballus) in baited traps in New Mexico

Authors: Kathleen A. Carey (Cummings School, DVM class of 2016), Alexa Ortiz (Cummings School, DVM class of 2017), Kayla Grams, Dan Elkins, John W. Turner Jr and Allen T. Rutberg (Director, Center for Animals and Public Policy) Published: December 9, 2019 Wildlife Research 46(8) 713-718 https://doi.org/10.1071/WR18112 Abstract Context: Federally protected wild horses on public lands Read More

Mobility and medical service dogs: a qualitative analysis of expectations and experiences

Kerri E. Rodriguez, Jessica Bibbo, Savannah Verdon (MAPP alumna, 2017) & Marguerite E. O’Haire Journal of Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology Published March 25, 2019 doi.org/10.1080/17483107.2019.1587015 Abstract Purpose: To qualitatively describe and compare the expectations and experiences of living with a mobility or medical service dog among those with a physical disability or chronic condition. Read More

Managing wild horses with PZP

Dr. Allen Rutberg, director of Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy, presented on “Managing wild horses with PZP” at the Botstiber Institute for Wildlife Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Fertility Control Workshop in Albuquerque, NM, on November 8, 2018.

Tufts talk on elephant poaching: “Conservation has to ‘pay to play'”

Worcester Telegram & Gazette Posted September 16, 2018 Cummings School’s Animal Matters seminar series featured guest speaker Marc Goss, CEO, The MARA Elephant Project, who spoke about the how they are protecting elephants to conserve the greater Mara ecosystem and was interviewed after the seminar by Worcester Telegram & Gazette. “Reports of 87 elephant poaching Read More

Evaluation of Enrichment for Reptiles in Zoos

Taylor Eagan, M.S. in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) 2016 Center for Animals and Public Policy, Tufts University, North Grafton, MA, USA Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science Published: 2018 DOI: 10.1080/10888705.2018.1490182 Abstract Studies on environmental enrichment for reptiles are lacking in the scientific literature. Although the literature reflects a limited take on reptile enrichment Read More

Foster programs, “failed adoptions”, and owner-requested euthanasia of dogs: research findings may help adoption rates of shelter dogs

Center for Animals and Public Policy researcher, Dr. Gary Patronek, publishes paper with Abbi Crowe from Best Friends Animal Society Factors Associated with High Live Release for Dogs at a Large, Open-Admission, Municipal Shelter Dr. Gary Patronek and Abbi Crowe Animals (This article belongs to the Special Issue “Animal Sheltering”) Published: March 28, 2018, DOI: Read More