Empathy

An emotional capacity that enables us to understand another individual’s feelings from his or her own point of view. If you know how another person feels, or can imagine what it might be like to experience the world of a bat, a dog or an eagle, then you are feeling empathy. (Empathy is similar to […]

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Eartipping

Eartipping is painlessly removing a quarter inch off the top of a feral cat’s left ear while the cat is anaesthetised for spay/neutering. Eartipping is the universal symbol of and only proven way to permanently identify a feral cat who’s been evaluated, vaccinated and sterilized. It ensures that a sterile cat won’t undergo unnecessary repeat […]

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Compassion

An emotion associated with sensitivity to the suffering of others, combined with a desire to relieve their pain. Choosing compassion over cruelty toward animals is an important principale, along with offering them empathy and respect. Animals themselves also demonstrate compassion, as when a group of elephants patiently wait for a lame elephant to catch up […]

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Castration

To remove the male animal’s testicles; synonymous with ‘neutering’. From Slater, Margaret R (2002), Community Approaches to Feral Cats, Washington: Humane Society Press

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Companion Animal

An animal kept by a person for companionship rather than purely utilitarian reasons. Many people use the term companion animal because it implies a mutual, respectful relationship with an animal, as opposed to pet, which suggests that the animal is merely there to be petted. From Bekoff, Marc (2007), Animals Matter, Boston: Shambala Publications

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Euthanasia

Also called mercy killing. The act of putting to death painlessly or allowing to die, as by withholding extreme Medical measures, a person or animal suffering from an incurable, esp. a painful, disease or condition. Killing a healthy animal is not ‘euthanasia’, it is ‘killing’.

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Abandoned Cat/Dog

A cat/dog who has been deliberately left behind during a move or taken to a place distant from the home and left. These animals initially are usually fairly well socialised. From Slater, Margaret R (2002), Community Approaches to Feral Cats, Washington: Humane Society Press

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Animal Rights

The position that animals have certain moral and legal rights, including the right not to be harmed. Rightists believe that it is wrong to cause animals any pain and suffering, and that animals should not be eaten, used for clothing, held captive in zoos, subjected to painful experiments or used in most or any research. […]

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Animal Welfare

A position concerned with the well-being of animals without conceding that animals have rights. Welfarists believe it is alright to use animals for human benefit as long as humane safeguards are used to ensure protection from unnecessary or undue suffering. Unlike animal rightists, they accept the humane use of animals in experiments and the slaughtering […]

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Abuse

Willful infliction of distress. Intentional, an active process.

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Neglect

Failure to fulfil the dependent individual’s needs. Unintentional, a passive process.

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Maltreatment

Actions (or inactions) that threaten a dependent individual’s welfare. Includes abuse and neglect.

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Domesticate

To tame (an animal), especially by generations of breeding; to live in close association with human beings as a pet or work animal and usually creating a dependency so that the animal loses it ability to live in the wild.

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Cruel

Wilfully or knowingly causing pain or distress to others.

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Vivisection

The action of cutting into or dissecting a living body; the practice of subjecting living animals to cutting operations, especially in order to advance physiological and pathological knowledge.

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