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Human-nonhuman animal relationships in Australia: an overview of results from the first national survey and follow-up case studies 2000-2004

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Franklin, AS (2007) Human-nonhuman animal relationships in Australia: an overview of results from the first national survey and follow-up case studies 2000-2004. Society and Animals, 15 (1). pp. 7-27. ISSN 1234-5678

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Abstract

This paper provides an overview of results from an Australian Research Council-funded project
“Sentiments and Risks: The Changing Nature of Human-Animal Relations in Australia.” The data
discussed come from a survey of 2000 representative Australians at the capital city, state, and rural
regional level. It provides both a snapshot of the state of involvement of Australians with nonhuman
animals and their views on critical issues: ethics, rights, animals as food, risk from animals, native
versus introduced animals, hunting, fishing, and companionate relations with animals. Its data point
to key trends and change. The changing position of animals in Australian society is critical to understand,
given its historic export markets in meat and livestock, emerging tourism industry with its
strong wildlife focus, native animals’ place in discourses of nation, and the centrality of animal foods
in the national diet. New anxieties about risk from animal-sourced foods and the endangerment of
native animals from development and introduced species, together with tensions between animals’
rights and the privileging of native species, contribute to the growth of a strongly contested animal
politics in Australia.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Animals, Australia, human-nonhuman relationships, companion animals, wildlife, national survey
Journal or Publication Title: Society and Animals
Publisher: Brill
Page Range: pp. 7-27
ISSN: 1234-5678
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1163/156853007X169315
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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2007

Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2008 14:34
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:35
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