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Surveying attitudes towards helping wild animals among scientists and students

Hi ælijah, thanks!

Those questions are interesting, but the reason why we didn't ask them is that we carried out this study in order to learn what kind of research it would be better to promote in academia to help to establish work on wild animal suffering/welfare biology as successfully as possible. Due to this, we chose the scenarios that we expected to be more promising (based on our study of the literature, but especially on the results of this other study).

Surveying attitudes towards helping wild animals among scientists and students

Yes, the survey was anonymous. At any rate, at this point we know of scholars who could carry out work on fields related to helping wild animals (right now we're funding welfare biology research in Canada, New Zealand, and Spain). The main constraint to getting work done is funding.

If you know of specific, comparable examples and are able to share their names/citations...

These are some examples, though it’s anecdotal evidence. It's also hard to say to what extent they are relevantly comparable:

https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0023677213498717

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1186/1936-6434-6-33

https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0224262

https://search.proquest.com/openview/ed1e06c98c82a3bfd790861cb43f63fe/1?pq-origsite=gscholar&cbl=1818062

Surveying attitudes towards helping wild animals among scientists and students

Hi Jamie, thank you!

We did consider asking academics about that, but we finally decided against it as that could have distorted the results of the survey, and our primary goal here was to get the information we were looking for.

We have a similar opinion about the response rate. We were expecting it to be quite low, though not that much (we had initially planned to send 2,000-2,500 emails, and ended up sending almost 4,000). Other surveys among scientists do get much higher response rates, although they can vary a lot.