Chinese university students' attitudes toward the ethical treatment and welfare of animals

Davey, G.

Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science Jaaws 9(4): 289-297


ISSN/ISBN: 1088-8705
PMID: 17209753
DOI: 10.1207/s15327604jaws0904_4
Accession: 030520125

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An important step in ensuring ethical animal treatment and welfare is to understand people's attitudes toward them. However, research is lacking from some Asian countries, such as China. This needs improvement. In this study I asked Chinese university students about their attitudes toward animal welfare issues. The students reported strong concern for the treatment of animals across a broad spectrum of issues, although the level of concern varied according to the issue. The results are in agreement with recent research showing that Chinese society displays generally positive attitudes and behaviors toward animal welfare initiatives. This study, combined with previous work reported in the literature, suggests that the Chinese public is perhaps philosophically ready to accept and support the urgent changes needed to improve animal welfare standards in their country.