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2002, DECEMBER, NO.11

Constructing a forum for studies of human-animal relations Tomoya Akimichi

Special Article・1
Juristic personality of the animals: Pros and cons
●Amami rabbits at the bar?: Wild animals and the rights of nature 【Junko Sakuma】
●Is it possible to talk about 'legal rights of animal?' 【Hitoshi Aoki】
Special Article・2
Japan as a paradise for alien species: The current status and its future
●Roads of alien species: A bio-geographic view of alien species 【Kazue Nakamura】
●Why do we have to talk about alien species? 【Shin-ichi Hayama】
●Free discussion 【Coordinated by Osamu Yunoki】
Special Article・3
Voluntary activities for humans and animals
●“Japanese people and animals” from the standpoint of a journalist :
   Lesson from forty-years journalist life 【Takeshi Hara】

Original Paper
Pets in flats: Managing councils' view
  【Asuka Iwahashi, Yumie Suzuki, Yuki Musaka, Saki Yamada, Minoru Nagano,
   Shinichi Kobayashi, Seiichi Koizumi, Fumio Imoto】
Animal care at facilities for persons with mentally disabilities:
  A survey on employees' awareness

  【Tomoko Kobayashi, Tomomi Ishigami, Katsumi Tokuda】

Essay Series
Cohabitation with the wildlife9.
Stew of wild boar and stray boar 【
Shin-ichiro Hamasaki

Book Review

"Animal Learning: Science of animal training"
  written by Sadahiko Nakajima 【Masayoshi gondo】

"Theories and practice of animal-assisted therapies and activities"
  edited by Takashige Iwamoto and Itaru Fukui 【Naoko Koda】
“Thoroughbreds flying the sky: A natural history of horses and racing”
written by Ryo Kusunose 【Fumio Imoto】


Report 1
  Pets in flats: Managing councils' view
Asuka Iwahashi1), Yumie Suzuki1), Yuki Musaka1), Saki Yamada1), Minoru Nagano1), Shinichi Kobayashi1), Seiichi Koizumi1), Fumio Imoto2)
Dept.of Animal Science & Resources, Nihon University1)/ 1866 Kameino,Fujisawa,252-8510 JAPAN
Imoto Animal Clinic2)/5-29-11 Utsukusigaoka, Aobaku, Yokohama, 225-0002 JAPAN
  Keeping pets in flats is a controversial issue among people living in flats. Mail survey was conducted involving 767 managing councils in Kanto and Chubu regions during August and October 2000. The objective of this survey was to investigate the current situation and future prospect regarding pets in flats. Out of 271 usable responses, approximately half of the councils have agreed the residentsユ keeping pets such as cats and dogs in flats. In fact, however, pets are kept in more than eighty percent of flats. The survey also indicated that the better the communication among the residents, the less complaints will be made to managing councils. In conclusion, to avoid trouble caused by pets in flats, it is necessary to have good communication among residents keeping pets and the others, and it is essential to set up the definite rules.
[keyword: pets, flat, managing councils]
・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・Japan. J.Hum. Anim. Relat, Vol. 12 60-63(2002)


Report 2
  Animal care at facilities for persons with mentally disabilities:
A survey on employees' awareness
Tomoko Kobayashi1), Tomomi Ishigami2), Katsumi Tokuda2)
International Budo University1)/841 shinkan Katsuura-shi Chiba,299-5295 Japan 
University of Tsukuba2)/ Tennoudai Tsukuba-shi Ibaraki, 305-8572 Japan
  This research is based on a set of questionnaires distributed to employees working at facilities for persons with mentally disabilities within the Kanto region. The purpose of the survey was to gather information on staff awareness regarding animal care in that environment.
  Of the 615 employees surveyed 301 responded, producing an overall return rate of 49%. Results indicate that 40% of employees (71 respondents) feel that the care required to maintain the animals presents a burden on their workload, while 115 individuals (68%) perceive the animals as a contributing factor to cheerful, more lively atmosphere. The percentage of individuals having positive responses to the Animal Assisted Activities (AAA) and the Animal Assisted Therapy(AAT) was higher among employees with animal care experiences than those who had no previous experiences.
  Moreover, the employees who are familiar with AAA and AAT comprise 70% of the whole responses (210 persons) and the employees with animal care experiences know more about AAA and AAT than the imexperienced personnel. Therefore, the following conclusions are drawn: (1) the employees who had experienced caring for animals tended to feel positive about activity with an animal; (2) it was shown clearly t hat there is a tendency among those individuals with animal care experience to have information on AAA or AAT; and (3) the employees working at those facilities for 1 〜5 years were interested in acquiring information.
[keyword: facility, employees, the persons with mentally disabilities, Animal Assisted Activities, Animal-Assisted Therapy]
・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・Japan. J.Hum. Anim. Relat, Vol. 12 64-69(2002)