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Who Feels Sympathy for Roosters Used in Cockfighting? Examining the Influence of Feelings, Belief in Animal Mind, Personality, and Empathy-Related Traits

By S. A. Lee, L. Quarles

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Since the 2007 Vick dog-fighting case, much attention has been focused on cruelty against dogs. Cockfighting roosters, on the other hand, have been virtually ignored by scientists and laypeople alike. Accordingly, very little is known about our emotional reactions to roosters used for cockfighting. The present study attempts to fill this void in the scientific literature by examining the relationship between individual differences variables and sympathetic reactions to roosters used for cockfighting depicted in a video newscast. The results were robust, with individual differences variables explaining 51% of the variability in sympathetic reactions to cockfighting roosters. Specifically, feelings toward roosters, extraversion, conscientiousness, and trait sympathy for animal suffering emerged as significant predictors, while belief in animal mind did not. The implications and limitations of these results are discussed.

Publication Title Society & Animals
Volume 20
Issue 4
Pages 327-341
ISBN/ISSN 1063-1119
DOI 10.1163/15685306-12341263
Language English
Author Address [Lee, Sherman A.; Quarles, Linsey] Christopher Newport Univ, Newport News, VA 23606 USA.Lee, SA (reprint author), Christopher Newport Univ, Newport News, VA 23606 USA.sherman.lee@cnu.edu
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  1. Animal fighting
  2. Attitudes
  3. Behavior and behavior mechanisms
  4. Belief
  5. Empathy
  6. Experience
  7. Films
  8. mediation
  9. peer-reviewed
  10. Personality
  11. sympathy
  12. welfare
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