Wednesday, November 10, 2010

11.11.10 : Idea Entry : Restraint

Definition :
1. ability to control or moderate one's impulses, passions, etc.
2. a device that restricts movement

Types of Animal Restraint in Vet Labs

Restraint is the restriction of movement of any Sanctuary animal and may vary from simply confining the animal in an enclosure, small space, box, or crate, to completely restricting its muscular activity (immobilization). Where at all possible handling should be avoided by using shifts.

Studies over the last two decades have led to a greater understanding of the physiological effects of restricted movement, which can be quite deleterious to the animal, and even cause death. Psychological stress, such as may be caused when a social animal is confined alone, has also been studied and constitutes an important factor in restraint and handling techniques.

Dog Show (clipping hair)
Colleen Plumb

"Animals can be driven crazy by placing too many in too small a pen. Homo Sapiens is the only animal that voluntarily does this to himself." - Robert Heinlein

"The use of a mechanical head restraint will improve the accuracy of captive-bolt stunning, but it can increase stress if it is improperly used (Ewbank and Parker, 1992). To minimize stress, the animal should be stunned within five seconds after its head is restrained. If more than 3% of the cattle vocalize (moo or bellow), the head restraint device will have to be modified to reduce stress. Animals should enter the head restraint easily, with a minimum of prodding."

Grandin, Temple, and Gary C. Smith. "ANIMAL WELFARE AND HUMANE SLAUGHTER." Temple Grandin's Web Page. Nov. 2004. Web. 10 Nov. 2010. .

Chaumière de Dolmancé
Walton Ford

Restraint is the newest aspect of my concept. The physical restriction of animals by people speaks to my exploration of interspecies communication and relationship. Again, like caging or confining an animal, restraining an animal can be to protect or to harm.

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