Pro-Hunting Versus Anti-Hunting
Research paper covering a mailed survey of those who do or do not oppose hunting animals. Attempts to identify key differences between the two groups of respondents, as well identify the determinants of attitudes toward hunting.
According to this analysis, there may be a nationwide changing of social values, as opposition to sport hunting in the United States is growing, possibly due to increased urbanization and disassociation with the land.
Data collected suggests that the place of residence relates to an individual’s view of hunting. In general, opposition to sport hunting correspondence to a rise in the respondent’s community size.
Renters oppose sport hunting by 2 to 1 over home owners in urban areas.
This data also suggests that attitudes toward hunting may be perpetuated through family and social ties. Those respondents with no hunters in their family opposed sport hunting 7 to 1 over those with a hunter in their family. Hunters seem to disagree that wildlife can be saved by preservation, and believe that populations stay constant whether hunted or not. Hunters scored higher on hunter oriented knowledge questions than people opposed to hunting.
People who are opposed to hunting are more knowledgeable about environmental knowledge questions than people not opposed to hunting.