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Community demographics and the propensity to report animal cruelty

By N. Taylor, T. D. Signal

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The last decade has seen an increased awareness concerning links between violence to nonhuman animals and violence to humans. This has resulted in a number of cross-reporting initiatives between family service providers and animal welfare organizations. The success of these initiatives rests on individuals being willing to report such violence. Thus, there is a need to determine which variables influence an individual's willingness to report deliberate animal cruelty and abuse. The aim of this study was to examine demographic and attitudinal variables to ascertain their impact on propensity to report deliberate animal harm. A telephone questionnaire resulted in 1,208 valid responses from members of the general community. Results showed a number of variables that affected the propensity to report: gender, occupation, and acknowledgment of the link between family violence and deliberate animal harm. This article discusses these variables and their implications.

Publication Title Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science
Volume 9
Issue 3
Pages 201-210
ISBN/ISSN 1088-8705
Publisher Taylor & Francis
DOI 10.1207/s15327604jaws0903_2
Language English
Author Address School of Psychology and Sociology, Central Queensland University Rockhampton, QLD 4702,
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  1. Abuse
  2. Aggressive behavior
  3. Animal rights
  4. Animal welfare
  5. Attitudes
  6. Behavior and behavior mechanisms
  7. Career
  8. Demography
  9. peer-reviewed
  10. Questionnaires
  11. sex differences
  12. Social psychology and social anthropology
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