Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Orientations to Nonhuman Animal Welfare: A View from the Border

No metrics data to plot.
The attempt to load metrics for this article has failed.
The attempt to plot a graph for these metrics has failed.
The full text of this article is not currently available.

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this article

+ Tax (if applicable)
Add to Favorites
You must be logged in to use this functionality

image of Society & Animals

This study employed an online survey to investigate the nonhuman animal welfare attitudes and behaviors of 104 social work students (85% female) enrolled in a Hispanic-serving university near the U.S.–Mexico border. Approximately three-fourths of the respondents were moderately or very concerned about animal welfare issues. Level of concern about animal welfare issues was significantly related to four pro-animal welfare behaviors: making one’s yard friendly to small animals, encouraging others to adopt rather than purchase companion animals, purchasing products labeled “not tested on animals,” and avoiding meat and dairy products. Female respondents had significantly higher scores on the Animal Attitude Scale, indicating more positive attitudes toward animals, and women and graduate students were significantly more likely to purchase products labeled “not tested on animals.” The findings of the study suggest that social workers are potential allies for animal welfare advocates.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Social Work, University of Texas-Pan AmericanEdinburg,; 2: College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of Texas-Pan AmericanEdinburg, TX


Full text loading...


Data & Media loading...

1. Ajzen I. "The theory of planned behavior" Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes 1991 Vol 50 79 211
2. Angantyr M. , Eklund J. , Hansen E. M. "A comparison of empathy for humans and empathy for animals" Anthrozoos 2011 Vol 24 4 369 377
3. Ascione F. R. , Shapiro K. "People and animals, kindness and cruelty: Research directions and policy implications" Journal of Social Issues 2009 Vol 65 3 569 587
4. Atomic Design 2008 Overland Park, KS Atomic Design, LLC SelectSurvey.NET,
5. Beatson R. M. , Halloran M. J. "Humans rule! The effects of creatureliness reminders, mortality salience and self-esteem on attitudes towards animals" British Journal of Social Psychology 2007 Vol 46 619 632
6. Besthorn F. H. Mizrahi T. , Davis L. E. "Environment" Encyclopedia of social work 2008 Vol Vol. 2 20th ed. Washington, DC NASW Press 132 136
7. Burghardt G. M. "Ethics and animal consciousness: How rubber the ethical ruler?" Journal of Social Issues 2009 Vol 65 3 499 521
8. Cassuto D. N. "The CAFO hothouse: Climate change, industrial agriculture, and the law" 2010 Ann Arbor, MI Animals and Society Institute, Inc.
9. Faver C. A. , Strand E. B. Ascione F. R. "Unleashing compassion: Social work and animal abuse" The international handbook of animal abuse and cruelty: Theory, research, and application 2008 West Lafayette, IN Purdue University Press 175 199
10. Fine A. H. Handbook on animal-assisted therapy: Theoretical foundations and guidelines for practice 2010 3rd ed London, United Kingdom Academic Press
11. Hackam D. G. , Redelmeier D. A. "Translation of research evidence from animals to humans" Journal of the American Medical Association 2006 Vol 296 14 1731 1732
12. Herzog H. A. "Gender differences in human-animal interactions: A review" Anthrozoos 2007 Vol 20 1 7 21
13. Herzog H. A. , Betchart N. , Pittman R. "Sex role identity and attitudes toward animals" Anthrozoos 1991 Vol 4 3 184 192
14. Herzog H. A. , Golden L. L. "Moral emotions and social activism: The case of animal rights" Journal of Social Issues 2009 Vol 65 3 485 498
15. Hicks J. M. , Hicks J. S. Healthy eating healthy world 2011 Dallas, TX BenBella Books
16. Humane Research Council [HRC] "Animal tracker year 5: An HRC managed research study" 2012 April Olympia, WA Humane Research Council Retrieved May 29, 2012, from
17. Humane Research Council [HRC] "Animal tracker year 4: An HRC-managed research study" 2011 March Olympia, WA Humane Research Council Retrieved October 6, 2011, from
18. Kellert S. R. The value of life: Biological diversity and human society 1996 Washington, DC Island Press
19. Kendall H. A. , Lobao L. M. , Sharp J. S. "Public concern with animal well-being: Place, social structural location, and individual experience" Rural Sociology 2006 Vol 71 3 399 428
20. Knight S. , Barnett L. "Justifying attitudes toward animal use: A qualitative study of people’s views and beliefs" Anthrozoos 2008 Vol 21 1 31 42
21. Knight S. , Herzog H. "All creatures great and small: New perspectives on psychology and human-animal interactions" Journal of Social Issues 2009 Vol 65 3 451 461
22. Knight S. , Nunkoosing K. , Vrij A. , Cherryman J. "Using grounded theory to examine people’s attitudes toward how animals are used" Society & Animals 2003 Vol 11 4 307 327
23. Knight S. , Vrij A. , Bard K. , Brandon D. "Science versus human welfare? Understanding attitudes toward animal use" Journal of Social Issues 2009 Vol 65 3 463 483
24. Knight S. , Vrij A. , Nunkoosing K. , Cherryman J. "Attitudes toward animal use and animal mind" Anthrozoos 2004 Vol 17 43 62
25. Matthews R. A. J. "Medical progress depends on animal models—doesn’t it?" Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine 2008 Vol 101 95 98
26. McDonald B. "“Once you know something, you can’t not know it”: An empirical look at becoming vegan" Society & Animals 2000 Vol 8 1 1 23
27. National Association of Social Workers [NASW] "Code of ethics of the National Association of Social Workers" 1999 Retrieved May 29, 2012, from
28. Nibert D. Food politics: How the food industry influences nutrition and health 2002 Berkeley, CA University of California Press
29. Ohlendorf G. W. , Jenkins Q. A. L. , Tomazic T. J. Wimberley R. C. , Harris C. K. , Molnar J. J. , Tomazic T. J. "Who cares about farm animal welfare?" The social risks of agriculture: Americans speak out on food, farming, and the environment 2002 Westport, CT Praeger 87 101
30. Paul E. S. Podberscek A. L. , Paul E. S. , Serpell J. A. "Love of pets and love of people" Companion animals and us 2000 Cambridge, United Kingdom Cambridge University Press 168 186
31. Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production "Putting meat on the table: Industrial farm animal production in America" A report of the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production 2008 Baltimore, MD Pew Charitable Trusts and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Retrieved May 29, 2012, from
32. Porcher J. "The relationship between workers and animals in the pork industry: A shared suffering" Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 2011 Vol 24 1 3 17
33. Risley-Curtiss C. "Social work practitioners and the human-companion animal bond: A national study" Social Work 2010 Vol 55 1 38 46
34. Shapiro K. J. Animal models of human psychology: Critique of science, ethics and policy 1998 Cambridge, MA Hogrefe & Huber Publishing
35. Signal T. D. , Taylor N. "Attitudes to animals: Demographics within a community sample" Society & Animals 2006a Vol 14 2 147 157
36. Signal T. D. , Taylor N. "Attitudes to animals in the animal protection community compared to a normative community sample" Society & Animals 2006b Vol 14 3 265 274
37. Stahler C. "How often do Americans eat vegetarian meals? And how many adults in the U.S. are vegan?" Vegetarian Journal 2011 Vol 2011 4 (online). Retrieved May 15, 2012, from
38. Steinfeld H. , Gerber P. , Wassenaar T. , Castel V. , Rosales M. , de Haan C. "Livestock’s long shadow: Environmental issues and options" 2006 Rome, Italy Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Retrieved May 29, 2012, from
39. Taylor N. , Signal T. D. "Empathy and attitudes toward animals" Anthrozoos 2005 Vol 18 1 18 27
40. United Nations Environmental Program [UNEP] "Assessing the environmental impacts of consumption and production: Priority products and materials, A report of the Working Group on the Environmental Impacts of Products and Materials to the International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management" 2010 Retrieved May 29, 2012, from
41. University of Texas Pan American [UTPA] Stats at a glance: 2011 2011 Edinburg, TX UTPA Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness
42. U.S. Census Bureau "State and County QuickFacts" 2012 Hidalgo County, Texas Retrieved May 13, 2012, from
43. Williams S. M. , Haines J. L. , Moore J. H. "The use of animal models in the study of complex disease: All else is never equal or why do so many human studies fail to replicate animal findings?" Bioessays 2004 Vol 26 2 170 179

Article metrics loading...



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Subscribe to ToC alert
  • Get permissions
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Society & Animals — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation