VegNews Daily

Study Finds Captive Animals Require Stimulation

A new study from the University of Guelph reveals the importance of activity and mental stimulation to animals in captivity.

A recent study out of the University of Guelph’s Department of Animal and Poultry Science reveals insight into the basic activity needs of captive animals. The study’s researchers observed two groups of captive mink—the first group being held in cramped, empty cages, and the second in what the group dubbed “enriched” cages with access to water for wading, tunnels, and objects to play and interact with. The mink in the enriched environment exhibited “lower levels of psychological stress” compared to the mink in the barren environment, which were “avidly seek[ing] stimulation.” The study parallels the everyday experiences of many factory-farmed animals, including pregnant sows confined to gestation crates, which make it impossible for many to even turn around or lie down, let alone engage in natural behaviors.

 Comments

Vegan Runner Graces Cover of Runner's World Magazine

Boston-based Micah Risk exemplifies how a plant-based diet can help athletic performance.
Read More »

Texas University Opens Vegan-Friendly Dining Hall

From sushi to waffles, vegan options are plentiful at the new University of Texas at Dallas cafeteria.
Read More »

Cleveland Latest City to Join Meatless Monday Campaign

The mayor has signed a resolution to encourage its community to go vegetarian at least once a week.
Read More »

SeaWorld Stock Continues to Plummet

Shares drop 30 percent and Southwest Airlines abandons long-time partnership due to negative publicity surrounding the aquatic park.
Read More »

Arby's Introduces $10 All-Meat Sandwich

Clocking in at 1200 calories and 48 grams of fat, the fast-food chain debuts the “Meat Mountain”.
Read More »

This Week on VegNews TV: The secret to these delightful sweet treats is white beans! Aylin Erman shows you how to make these simple blondies.

More Videos »