This week we’ve been reporting on the closure of animal hospitals in New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria, and we’re looking at the next big question for animal lovers in Australia: will the government allow animal hospitals to open?
As part of a new survey, we asked 1,000 people in each state, territory and territory-counties how they felt about the proposed closure of some animal hospitals.
The responses of those who responded to the survey were very different to those who were asked in a similar survey in 2016, and these are the results of the latest results.
The findings are interesting to see as they show that in the current climate of concern about animal cruelty and animal welfare, the public is very concerned about the safety of animal care facilities and the potential for abuse.
We’ve been following the closure issues in NSW, South Australian and Victoria for some time now, but this is the first time that we’ve asked the public what they thought about the current state of animal hospital operations in Australia.
This new poll was commissioned by the Animal Hospital and Animal Health Network (AHAN), which works with animal health facilities to raise public awareness about the problems associated with animal care.AHA, which is based in Melbourne, is one of Australia’s largest animal health organisations and is funded entirely by donations.
We asked our respondents if they thought the animal hospitals should be allowed to reopen, with the results ranging from 0% to 100%.
Overall, the survey was positive for the animal hospital industry, with 92% of those surveyed saying they wanted animal hospitals closed.
However, the numbers who felt this way were lower than the majority of people who felt that way in 2016.
While 90% of people felt that they supported the closure, just 6% of respondents said they did.
We were also surprised by the results.
While 84% of the respondents said that they wanted the animal healthcare industry to be able to continue operating, just 11% of them were against the idea.
And while 88% of Australians felt that animal hospitals are doing a good job of providing the care that animals need, just 16% of survey respondents said so.
A big question is: if animal hospitals aren’t allowed to close, will the public become more aware of the dangers of animal welfare?
There are some interesting results when we look at the survey results, however.
More people were asked if they would be willing to support the closing of an animal hospital than any other institution in Australia in 2016 (69% said yes, versus 37% in 2016).
And the numbers supporting closure were much higher among the young and the elderly, who were more likely to support closure (61% of seniors, versus 46% of young people).
What’s more, people who were unsure about whether they would support the closure were significantly more likely than those who supported closure to say they would prefer animal hospitals open (62% vs. 33%).
A big part of why the public’s views on animal hospitals have changed over the past few years is because of public pressure on animal welfare issues.
A lot of people in the public sector and animal health sector have been lobbying for change and have taken public pressure to task for their actions.
It’s interesting to note that while only a small number of people supported animal hospitals opening in 2016 and 2017, the number who support the current closures has increased from around 1 in 5 respondents in 2016 to more than 1 in 10 respondents in 2017.
And although the public support for animal hospitals has decreased in the past year, the percentage of Australians who feel they are doing the right thing has not.
The latest poll results suggest that, while animal hospitals still face some challenges, we do have some new problems to worry about.
In the meantime, animal hospitals and the animals they care for are being increasingly targeted by people who are trying to make money off the suffering of animals.
This article originally appeared on The Conversation.