International Journal for the Study of Animal Problems


A total of 302 undergraduates in the social sciences and the humanities at two Australian universities were given a questionnaire designed to explore public attitudes toward animal suffering. Though preliminary, the results strongly suggest that attitudes may greatly support animal welfare and animal rights. However, as reflected in the answers to the questionnaire, actual behavior does not always follow suit. The recommendation is made that the animal welfare/animal rights movement should perhaps emphasize raising people's awareness of the inconsistencies between their attitudes toward animals and their behavior.