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dc.contributor.authorStockin, KAen_NZ
dc.contributor.authorPawley, MDMen_NZ
dc.contributor.authorJarvis, RMen_NZ
dc.contributor.authorBoys, RMen_NZ
dc.date.accessioned2022-09-22T03:49:19Z
dc.date.available2022-09-22T03:49:19Z
dc.date.copyright2022-11en_NZ
dc.identifier.citationMarine Policy, Volume 145, November 2022, 105283
dc.identifier.issn0308-597Xen_NZ
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10292/15462
dc.description.abstractCetacean strandings often elicit significant media attention and public engagement. However, how human perceptions of such events may influence decision-making during strandings response is poorly understood. To address this, we undertook an online questionnaire targeting stranding relevant/interested parties in New Zealand, Aotearoa to understand perceptions around stranding events and response. Participants responded to questions and statements using the 5-point Likert scale to explore human perceptions and expectations of intervention, decision-making, animal welfare and survival prognosis during strandings. Responses were analysed based on level of experience and role at stranding events using descriptive and multivariate statistics. A total of 268 respondents completed the questionnaire; most stated that human intervention is necessary to assist animals during strandings. However, 43% of respondents indicated that they did not know what affect intervention may have on the animals. Notably, participants felt that human intervention was more likely to improve survival (26%) than welfare (19%). Importantly, experienced responders appeared more welfare complacent, prioritising survival for strandings response decision-making. Respondents from the legislative agency responsible for strandings in New Zealand, indicated that public sentiment may take precedence over welfare considerations when considering euthanasia. Our results highlight a disjunct between perceptions of welfare and survival, despite these variables being inextricably linked. This may be cause for concern in highly publicised strandings events where management decisions are more likely influenced by public sentiment. Comprehensive animal assessments that are informed both by animal welfare and survival prognoses are required to ensure the best outcomes for stranded cetaceans.
dc.languageenen_NZ
dc.publisherElsevier BVen_NZ
dc.relation.urihttps://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308597X2200330Xen_NZ
dc.rights© 2022 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by nc-nd/4.0/).
dc.subjectSurvival; Human intervention; Animal welfare; Mass strandings; Cognitive dissonance
dc.titleExamining the Role of Human Perceptions During Cetacean Stranding Response in New Zealanden_NZ
dc.typeJournal Article
dc.rights.accessrightsOpenAccessen_NZ
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.marpol.2022.105283en_NZ
aut.relation.articlenumber105283en_NZ
aut.relation.endpage105283
aut.relation.startpage105283
aut.relation.volume145en_NZ
pubs.elements-id477532
aut.relation.journalMarine Policyen_NZ


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