Journal article

Community Attitudes Reflect Reporting Rates and Prevalence of Animal Mistreatment

Carmen Glanville, Jennifer Ford, Rebecca Cook, Grahame J Coleman

FRONTIERS IN VETERINARY SCIENCE | FRONTIERS MEDIA SA | Published : 2021

Abstract

Community attitudes toward the treatment of animals are important to understand for the development of intervention programs to prevent mistreatment. We aimed to investigate whether previously identified differences between local government areas (LGAs) in the rates of animal mistreatment reporting and prevalence were reflected by differences in community attitudes. In addition, attitudinal differences based on target species (dogs, cats, horses) and participant gender were considered. A representative telephone survey (N = 1,801) was conducted across six LGAs. Attitudinal themes included affection toward animals, valuing of animals, attitudes toward caring for own animals, and concern for t..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Contracting of the Social Research Center for data collection was funded by RSPCA Victoria predominantly through a grant received from the Victorian State Government's Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (now Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions).