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Asian Nations Share British Concern For Animals

Published:16 March 2005
Fieldwork:29 Mar 2004 - 9 Mar 2005
Source:CIWF Trust (Compassion in World Farming Trust)
Keywords:Animal welfare, Asia, Britain
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Concern for the welfare and protection of animals is an issue felt strongly in Asian countries as well as here in Britain, according to a MORI survey.

The project, conducted for the CIWF Trust (Compassion in World Farming Trust), shows 91% of people in Great Britain agree with the statement 'we have a moral duty to minimise animals' suffering as much as possible'.

This information feeds into work conducted last year by MORI for IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) which asked the same question in three Asian countries. In each, nine in 10 again believe a moral duty existed on this matter. In China, 90% feel this way and in both Vietnam and South Korea this view is held by 92%.

An additional question regarding whether the law should reflect such beliefs was also asked. Views were measured regarding whether to make legal a requirement that animals' suffering be minimised. Vietnam was almost as vehement in this belief as Britain with 90% and 92% agreeing, respectively. China and South Korea still feel this in a large majority, though not as universally with 77% and 78%.

Technical details

MORI interviewed 1,946 people aged 15+ in Great Britain between 3-9 March 2005 and 1,000 people (aged 15+) during March & April 2004 in each overseas country — China, South Korea & Vietnam — and. Interviews were conducted face-to-face in Great Britain and Vietnam, and by telephone in China (covering the four main urban centres, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu) and Korea. In Britain the data were weighted, but are unweighted elsewhere. British interviews were conducted in respondents' homes in 183 sampling points throughout Great Britain. The UK poll was commissioned by the CIWF Trust and the China/South Korean/Vietnam poll by IFAW supported by One Voice France and the RSPCA.

Topline Results

  • 3,000 adults aged 15+: 1,000 each in Vietnam, China and Korea
  • 1,946 adults aged 15+: Great Britain
  • Interviewed face-to-face in Vietnam and GB and by telephone in both China and Korea
  • Fieldwork carried out between 3-12 April 2004 in Vietnam; 29 March to 16 April 2004 in China; 2-16 April 2004 in Korea; and 3-9 March 2005 in GB
  • Data is unweighted in Vietnam, China and Korea, and weighted in GB
  • Base all (1,000, 1,946), unless otherwise stated
  • An asterisk (*) indicates a percentage of less than 0.5% but greater than zero

Q To what extent do you agree or disagree that…
Base: All (1,000 per sample)

  Strongly
Agree
Tend to
Agree
Neither
Agree nor
Disagree
Tend to
Disagree
Strongly
Disagree
Don't
Know /
Depends
Total
Agree
  % % % % % % %
A …we have a moral duty to minimise animals' suffering as much as possible
Vietnam 2004 77 16 4 1 2 2 92
China 2004 30 60 3 2 2 3 90
Korea 2004 43 50 2 2 1 3 92
GB 2005 58 33 5 2 * 2 91
B …the law should require that animals' suffering be minimised as much as possible
Vietnam 2004 75 15 6 1 1 2 90
China 2004 19 58 6 9 2 7 77
Korea 2004 31 46 5 11 1 6 78
GB 2005 60 32 4 1 * 2 92

UK Regional Breakdown

A …we have a moral duty to minimise animals suffering as much as possible

Region Strongly agree Tend to agree Total Agree Disagree
  % % % %
London 42 36 78 2
South East 53 37 90 2
South West 63 32 94 0
East Mids 56 40 96 3
West Mids 54 35 88 3
Eastern 67 23 91 2
Yorks/Humbs 61 35 96 2
North West 59 32 92 2
Scotland 65 29 95 2
Wales 61 35 96 0
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