Captivity Crazy: The Importance Of Natural Stimuli For Captive Animals

(ANIMALS IN CAPTIVITY) Researchers often use animal experiments to try to solve human issues, but in this case, they are using human data to improve the lives of captive animals.

While humans demonstrate a beneficial reaction to natural stimuli, it’s become clear that animals in farms, laboratories, and zoos share the same preference for natural over constructed or artificial environments.

For instance, farmed animals consistently choose to spend time outdoors when given the choice, even in bad weather.

Some of the physical and mental health benefits of natural stimuli (i.e. proximity to water and green space) include less destructive behavior and lower feelings of stress.

Read the article below to learn more about researchers’ findings and how it applies to non-human animals. — Global Animal

Unsurprisingly, animals–just like humans–are partial to natural stimuli as opposed to artificial environments. Photo Credit: eddie.welker, Flickr

Faunalytics, Owen Rogers

According to a broad range of research, humans tend to show a preference for natural over built environments; looking at money as a metric of value, proximity to vegetation, bodies of water, and natural landscape views all increase the value of real estate, while artificial stimuli have the opposite effect, as views of buildings, for example, reduce the value of property. This preference for natural over artificial views is also true for photographs and other forms of visual media, and humans often also show a preference for natural sounds over artificial ones, though this correlation is not as strong, and studies are not as extensive.

Animals demonstrate a beneficial response to green space and water, and exhibit less anxious or destructive behavior. Photo Credit: Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals

This was intended to encourage further research on animal welfare, based on research done on human welfare. Since studies have shown that humans have beneficial reactions to natural stimuli, the researchers believed that we should examine the effect of these natural stimuli on captive animals in farms, laboratories, and zoos. The study begins with an examination of how humans react to natural stimuli as opposed to anthropogenic stimuli.

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