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Perceptions among university students in Seville (Spain) of the rabbit as livestock and as a companion animal

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dc.contributor.author González-Redondo, Pedro es_ES
dc.contributor.author Contreras-Chacón, Gema M. es_ES
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-05T10:46:18Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.issn 1257-5011
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10251/17423
dc.description.abstract [EN] The rabbit has various utilities and roles, mainly as a meat-producing animal, game species, companion animal, laboratory animal or pest. Among these roles, rabbit breeding for meat has traditionally prevailed in the Mediterranean countries. However, in recent decades the practice of keeping this species as a companion animal has been on the rise; a factor that could be changing public perception of the rabbit. A survey of 492 university students from Seville, Andalusia, Spain, was conducted to determine young people's perceptions of the rabbit as livestock and as a companion species. The rabbit received the lowest score when regarded as livestock compared to the pig, cow, goat, sheep and hen. Regarding companion animals, young Spanish people preferred the dog and cat, respectively. The rabbit and the hamster were rated at the same level as a pet, while the budgerigar was rated lower than these two mammals by women and higher by men. The goldfish occupied the last position among the pet species in the women's perceptions. With regard to the perception of various rabbit breeds and varieties when evaluated as pets, it was found that the pet Lop Dwarf, Netherland Dwarf, Angora and Lionhead breeds were rated higher than a typical meat breed (New Zealand White) and than the wild rabbit. The gender of the young people surveyed influenced their perception of the rabbit. Women rated the rabbit lower as livestock while they rated it higher as a pet, also rating the pet rabbit breeds higher than men did. It is proposed that, in keeping with the rabbit's attributes related to its cuteness, conceptually linked with pets, young Andalusian people's perception of the rabbit is ambivalent and this perception might partly be shifting from perceiving it as livestock to regarding it as a pet. es_ES
dc.language Inglés es_ES
dc.publisher Editorial Universitat Politècnica de València es_ES
dc.relation.ispartof World Rabbit Science
dc.rights Reserva de todos los derechos es_ES
dc.subject Rabbit es_ES
dc.subject Wild rabbit es_ES
dc.subject Oryctolagus cuniculus es_ES
dc.subject Livestock es_ES
dc.subject Pet es_ES
dc.subject Attitudes es_ES
dc.title Perceptions among university students in Seville (Spain) of the rabbit as livestock and as a companion animal es_ES
dc.type Artículo es_ES
dc.date.updated 2012-10-05T10:24:58Z
dc.identifier.doi 10.4995/wrs.2012.1147
dc.rights.accessRights Abierto es_ES
dc.description.bibliographicCitation González-Redondo, P.; Contreras-Chacón, GM. (2012). Perceptions among university students in Seville (Spain) of the rabbit as livestock and as a companion animal. World Rabbit Science. 20(3):155-162. doi:10.4995/wrs.2012.1147 es_ES
dc.description.accrualMethod SWORD es_ES
dc.relation.publisherversion https://doi.org/10.4995/wrs.2012.1147
dc.description.upvformatpinicio 155
dc.description.upvformatpfin 162
dc.description.volume 20
dc.description.issue 3
dc.identifier.eissn 1989-8886


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