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The Significance of Social Perceptions in Implementing Successful Feral Cat Management Strategies: A Global Review

By Brooke P. Deak, Bertram Ostendorf, David A. Taggart, David E. Peacock, Douglas K. Bardsley

Category Journal Articles
Abstract

This review examines the social aspects that influence feral cat management. In particular, it examines definitions and perceptions of feral cats as a species in different countries and across cultures. Using case studies from around the world, we investigate the factors that can influence public perceptions and social acceptance of feral cats and management methods. The review then highlights the importance of social factors in management and suggests the best approach to use in the future to ease the process of gaining a social license for management campaigns. Implications of the influence of education and awareness on public perception and acceptance are further explained, and are suggested to be an essential tool in successfully engaging the community about management in the future.

Submitter

Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Date 2019
Publication Title Animals
Volume 9
Issue 9
Pages 14
Publisher MDPI
DOI 10.3390/ani9090617
URL https://www.mdpi.com/2076-2615/9/9/617
Language English
Additional Language English
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Tags
  1. Animal populations
  2. Animal roles
  3. Cats
  4. Communication
  5. Feral animals
  6. Mammals
  7. open access
  8. Pets and companion animals
  9. population control
  10. Public Relations
  11. stray animals
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  1. open access