New survey on attitudes to animal welfare


 International Survey 

Attitude towards Animal Welfare in the UK and Japan

This survey explores the views of veterinarians and scientists on animal behaviour/welfare, between the UK and Japan, with the aim of constructing effective strategies for improving animal welfare in both countries. This study is a collaborative study between the University of Edinburgh in the UK and Hokkaido University in Japan. 

The World Organisationfor Animal Health (OIE) defines animal welfare is as a complex and multi-faceted subject with scientific, ethical, economic, cultural, social, religious and political dimensions. The UK and Japan are both nations where living with animals as pets is an important part of both cultures, but different dimensions of animal welfare can lead to quite different types of animal management and views of what is good welfare. The survey explores similarities and differences in approaches to animal welfare byaskingsamequestionstotargetsintheUKandJapan.


The survey is online (Google Form) and typically takes 10-15minutes and must be completed in one sitting. You will be asked some questions related to your thinking and understanding of animal welfare. The data we collect will not contain any personal information and will be totally anonymous.

This project has received ethical approval from the University of Edinburgh. The findings of this project will be made available inthe website of The Jeanne MarchigInternational Centre for Animal Welfare Education, the University of Edinburgh.

Contact: Yuki Otani ([email protected])

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