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Orientations to nonhuman animal welfare: a view from the border

By C. A. Faver, J. D. Munoz

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This study employed an online survey to investigate the nonhuman animal welfare attitudes and behaviors of 104 social work students (85% female) enrolled in a Hispanic-serving university near the U.S.-Mexico border. Approximately three-fourths of the respondents were moderately or very concerned about animal welfare issues. Level of concern about animal welfare issues was significantly related to four pro-animal welfare behaviors: making one's yard friendly to small animals, encouraging others to adopt rather than purchase companion animals, purchasing products labeled "not tested on animals," and avoiding meat and dairy products. Female respondents had significantly higher scores on the Animal Attitude Scale, indicating more positive attitudes toward animals, and women and graduate students were significantly more likely to purchase products labeled "not tested on animals." The findings of the study suggest that social workers are potential allies for animal welfare advocates.

Publication Title Society & Animals
Volume 22
Issue 4
Pages 372-389
ISBN/ISSN 1063-1119
Publisher Brill
DOI 10.1163/15685306-12341345
Language English
Author Address Department of Social Work, University of Texas-Pan American, Edinburg, Texas, USA.TXcfaver@utpa.edu
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  1. Animals
  2. Animal welfare
  3. Education
  4. Humans
  5. Laboratory and experimental animals
  6. Laboratory animal science
  7. Mammals
  8. Men
  9. Pets and companion animals
  10. Primates
  11. sex differences
  12. surveys
  13. Universities and Colleges
  14. vertebrates
  15. Women