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Pet ownership, attitude toward pets, and support for wildlife management strategies

By C. Z. Shuttlewood, P. J. Greenwell, V. T. Montrose

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Pet ownership affects engagement with animal-related activities and may be related to support of wildlife management. British participants ( N=220) completed an online survey providing information on pet ownership, attitudes toward pets, and support for wildlife management strategies. Within this sample, pet owners and individuals with positive attitudes toward pets were less supportive of strategies that put human needs before the needs of wildlife, more supportive of strategies attempting to avoid species extinctions, and opposed to strategies requiring compromises of individual species. Pet owners' affectionate attitudes toward animals and opposition to their exploitation may be important in dictating attitudes toward wildlife. Conservation planners could apply these findings when seeking support for management strategies that constrain freedoms of pets and wildlife. Utilizing the sympathetic attitudes of pet owners toward animals by focusing on welfare and survival benefits for wildlife species may help foster support for management strategies.

Publication Title Human Dimensions of Wildlife
Volume 21
Issue 2
Pages 180-188
ISBN/ISSN 1087-1209
DOI 10.1080/10871209.2016.1116029
Language English
Author Address Department of Animal and Land Sciences, Hartpury College, Gloucester, Gloucestershire GL19 3BE, UK.Tamara.Montrose@hartpury.ac.uk
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  1. Attitudes
  2. British Isles
  3. Commonwealth of Nations
  4. Conservation
  5. Developed countries
  6. Europe
  7. OECD countries
  8. peer-reviewed
  9. Pets and companion animals
  10. surveys
  11. United Kingdom
  12. wildlife management
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