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Wildlife value orientations in the Netherlands. (Special issue. Cross-cultural wildlife value orientations)

By M. H. Jacobs

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Wildlife value orientations among inhabitants of the Netherlands were explored by conducting semi-structured interviews, and using predefined value orientations that were previously revealed in the United States. Special attention was paid to the existence of mutualism orientations, viewing wildlife as capable of relationships of trust with humans and having rights like humans do. Most predefined orientations were expressed by the interviewees. Mutualism was the predominant orientation, detected across subjects and across the interview questions. Within the mutualism orientation different perspectives were found: assignment of human characteristics to wildlife, mutual recognition and interaction with wildlife, a basic ethical position that animals have the same rights as humans, and the perspective that animals deserve respect and should not suffer. The materialism orientation, viewing wildlife as object for human use, was revealed rarely. These results match with the hypothesis of a shift toward mutualism orientations in Western societies.

Publication Title Human Dimensions of Wildlife
Volume 12
Issue 5
Pages 359-365
ISBN/ISSN 1087-1209
Publisher Taylor & Francis
DOI 10.1080/10871200701555345
Language English
Author Address Socio-Spatial Analysis, Wageningen University, P.O. Box 47, 6700 AA Wageningen, Droevensdaalsesteeg 3, Netherlands.maarten.jacobs@wur.nl
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  1. Animal rights
  2. Animal welfare
  3. Biological resources
  4. Developed countries
  5. Europe
  6. Human-animal interactions
  7. mutualism
  8. Netherlands
  9. OECD countries
  10. peer-reviewed
  11. surveys
  12. Wild animals
  13. wildlife
  14. wildlife conservation
  15. wildlife management
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