Clever Horses, Plant-based Barriers & Happy Rats

In this episode of VeganSci, we update you with some Quick Science, including: Clever horses who communicate with humans, whether difficult conversations about animal agriculture influences peoples’ thoughts about it, how to tell if your rat is happy, and why some scientists are scared of animal rights.

We get stuck in-depth into a paper focused on the effect of environmental food labelling on customer choice, with some possible lessons to learn for vegan labelling, and then a review of peoples’ perceptions and beliefs regarding plant-based diets (and vegetarianism).

And finally in the bullshit corner we tackle the idea that ‘a single person going vegan isn’t going to make a difference anyway, so why bother?’

You can find links to all of the research we discussed below. Let us know if we missed anything.

Intro (0:00 - 3:20)

Killing of Badgers in the UK –
Research on Badgers spreading TB –

Quick Science

Paper 1  (3:20 - 6:25)

Title: Domestic Horses send signals to humans when they face with an unsolvable task
Authors: M. Ringhofer & S. Yamamoto
Journal: Animal Cognition

Paper 2 (6:25 -9:42)

Title: Changes in student perceptions of food animal agriculture following discussion of controversial topics (open access – pdf linked)
Authors: Daniel H. Poole, Jeannette A. Moore & Sarah E. Lyons
Journal: North American Colleges of Teachers of Agriculture

Paper 3 (9:42 - 11:50)

Title: Facial indicators of positive emotions in rats
Authors: Kathryn Finlayson, Jessica F. Lampe, Sara Hintze, Hanno Wurbel & Luca Melotti
Journal: PLOSone

Paper 4 (11:50 - 15:16)

Title: What life scientists should know about security threats
Authors: Kavita M. Berger
Journal: Science

In-depth Science

Paper 1 (15:16 - 27:34)

Title: Effect of environmental food labeling on customers food purchase (open access)
Authors: Helena B. Slapø
Instiution: Norwegian School of Economics – Masters Thesis

Paper 2 (31:25 - 47:33)

Bullshit Corner (27:34 - 31:25)

How many animals does a vegan save? It may be more than we eluded too – Let us know what you think or what source you think is most reliable.