Why goats stare at men and its impact on human–animal interactions


A new review article in Small Ruminant Research outlines recent advances in the area of socio-

cognitive capacities in goats and highlights their implications for human–animal interactions.

A detailed understanding of how livestock species perceive and communicate with stockpersons is

crucial to improving their welfare by means of positive human–animal interactions. The review

article brings together the latest research on goat cognition and discusses how human behavioural

changes can affect appetitive and aversive behaviour of livestock as well as the use of this

knowledge in guiding future applied research.

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