Does owning a companion animal influence the belief that animals experience emotions such as grief?

Walker, J. K., McGrath, N., Handel, I. G., Waran, N. K. and Phillips, C. J. C. (2014) Does owning a companion animal influence the belief that animals experience emotions such as grief?. Animal Welfare, 23 1: 71-79. doi:10.7120/09627286.23.1.071


Author Walker, J. K.
McGrath, N.
Handel, I. G.
Waran, N. K.
Phillips, C. J. C.
Title Does owning a companion animal influence the belief that animals experience emotions such as grief?
Journal name Animal Welfare   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0962-7286
Publication date 2014-02
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.7120/09627286.23.1.071
Open Access Status
Volume 23
Issue 1
Start page 71
End page 79
Total pages 9
Place of publication Wheathampstead, St Albans, Herts, United Kingdom
Publisher Universities Federation for Animal Welfare
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This paper investigates public attitudes towards emotional experiences in animals. We surveyed 1,000 members of the public to investigate how companion animal ownership affects the attribution of emotions to animals and beliefs about whether animals can grieve. Respondents who owned a companion animal were more likely to believe that some animals can experience grief compared with respondents that did not own a companion animal. The non-owning respondents were more likely to believe that animals do not experience emotions including: anxiety, distress or depression, do not show behavioural changes when they are experiencing grief and do not grieve as a result of separation from a conspecific. Our findings show that companion animal ownership plays a significant role in the public perception of the emotional experiences of animals and belief in the animals' ability to grieve.
Keyword Animal welfare
Companion animal
Emotions
Grief
Public attitudes
Separation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2015 Collection
School of Veterinary Science Publications
 
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Created: Mon, 03 Mar 2014, 16:17:57 EST by Annette Winter on behalf of Centre for Animal Welfare and Ethics