Tracing the Profile of Animal Rights Supporters

A Preliminary Investigation

Colin Jerolmack

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    A question about the "moral rights" of nonhuman animals in the 1993 and 1994 General Social Survey (GSS) effected an understanding of some of the demographics of those supporting animal rights. This study checked results against related questions concerning attitudes toward animal testing and meat consumption. The stereotypical profile of an animal rights supporter is female, well educated, upper-middle class, middle-aged, and white. The data in this study do not support the stereotype. Instead, the young, non-black minorities, and the less educated were more likely to support animal rights; income was not a significant predictor. Other predictors examined included religious denomination, frequency of church attendance, and attitudes toward environmental protection. This study's findings suggest the need to rethink "post-materialist" and "post-citizenship" theories about who supports animal rights. This paper also points the way toward future studies to examine the causal linkages between the predictors and animal rights attitudes.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)245-263
    Number of pages19
    JournalSociety and Animals
    Volume11
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2003

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    Animal Rights
    animal welfare
    animal
    middle-aged adults
    stereotyped behavior
    meat consumption
    church attendance
    environmental protection
    Conservation of Natural Resources
    Meat
    denomination
    linkage (genetics)
    income
    demographic statistics
    middle class
    stereotype
    Demography
    citizenship
    minority

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    • Sociology and Political Science

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    Tracing the Profile of Animal Rights Supporters : A Preliminary Investigation. / Jerolmack, Colin.

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