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Reactions of American tourists to roaming dogs in New Providence, The Bahamas

By S. Plumridge, W. J. Fielding

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The Bahamas suffers from nuisances caused by roaming dogs. Although Bahamians tolerate their presence, in an economy which is dependent upon tourism, the reactions of tourists to roaming dogs is of great consequence. This study reports the reactions of 439 American tourists concerning roaming dogs in New Providence. Forty-five percent of the tourists saw roaming dogs, and of these, 40% reported that they felt "no reaction" to the dogs. However, 3% of the tourists were actually bothered by the dogs, and for 8% the sight of them changed the tourists' view of The Bahamas. Ten percent of tourists would not like to see animal control officers at work even though 23% thought The Bahamas has a roaming dog "problem." Overall, it appears that while roaming dogs are seen by many tourists, only a small number are particularly upset by them. However, the general reaction to the dogs is unfavorable. About 1% of the tourists appeared to have been particularly upset by the roaming dogs, but 97% said that they would either return to the Bahamas again or recommend it to their friends/relations.

Date 2003
Publication Title Anthrozoos
Volume 16
Issue 4
Pages 360-366
ISBN/ISSN 0892-7936
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.2752/089279303786991955
Language English
Author Address School of Social Sciences The College of The Bahamas, Oakes Field, Nassau, Bahamas.wfru@hotmail.com
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  1. ACP Countries
  2. Animal behavior
  3. Anthrozoology
  4. Attitudes
  5. Bahamas
  6. Caribbean
  7. Commonwealth of Nations
  8. Developed countries
  9. Dogs
  10. Human-animal relationships
  11. Human behavior
  12. Islands
  13. Mammals
  14. peer-reviewed
  15. pet care
  16. Pets and companion animals
  17. Primates
  18. stray animals
  19. surveys
  20. Tourism and travel
  21. United States of America
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