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America is Becoming a Kinder, Gentler Place (Toward Animals, Anyway)

A shift of attitude is taking place nationwide. Will Wyoming shift as well?

“….research by psychologist Michael Manfredo, who has found that Americans are shifting away from an ethos of domination and mastery over nature, instead viewing wildlife “as part of an extended family, and deserving of caring and compassion.”

“The trick, says study co-author Jeremy Bruskotter, a conservation policy expert at Ohio State University, will be finding a way to tap into this burgeoning concern. At the state level, most conservation funds still come from sales of hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses.”

“I think that public support for conservation efforts, as well as efforts to increase the well-being of animals is very high — perhaps as high as it has ever been,” Bruskotter says. “But this won’t translate into more conservation until we have a funding model that isn’t so tied to consumptive forms of outdoor recreation.” —Brandon Keim | 3 August 2016

 

Read full article: America is Becoming a Kinder, Gentler Place.

Source: George et al. “Changes in attitudes toward animals in the United States from 1978 to 2014.”Biological Conservation, 2016. doi: 10.1016/j.biocon.2016.07.013

Image: Biologist holds little brown bat, ©USFWS/Ann Froschauer

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