Media Influence and Breed Specific Legislation


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Media Influence and Breed Specific Legislation

  1. 1. Media Influence and Breed Specific Legislation This survey is being conducted between the 5th – 15th October 2009. Any person of any age or background is welcome to complete the survey. No identifying personal information is required, ensuring your complete anonymity. The principle aim of this research project is to discover whether the media has an influence over the public and their perception of specific issues, namely Breed Specific Legislation. As well as this, it is endeavoured to discover if there are other influencing factors which shape perceptions including; background, education level, age, sex, and life experience. If there are any concerns or queries please feel free to contact the researcher, Michelle Butcher by email on either michellebutchermb@hotmail.com or 16781737@student.uws.edu.au Please complete and email the survey to the above addresses by the 15th October 2009. Thankyou for your assistance. Breed Specific Legislation is legislation that bans or places restrictions on the ownership of specific breeds of dog which have been deemed dangerous.  Please copy this tick and paste in front of your answer. 1. Which age group do you □ Under 20 1
  2. 2. belong to? □ 21 – 25 □ 26 – 30 □ 31 – 35 □ Over 35, Please Specify_________ 2. What is your gender? □ Male □ Female 3. What country were you □ Australia born in? □ Other, Please Specify __________________________ 4. What country were your □ Australia parents born in? □ Other, Please Specify __________________________ 5. Do you currently? □ Live at home with parents □ Board □ Rent □ Own □ Other, please specify _______________________________ 6. What is your level of □ High School □ Tertiary education? □ Undergraduate □ Postgraduate □ Other, please specify _______________________________________ 7. What level of education □ High School □ Tertiary did your parents achieve? □ Undergraduate □ Postgraduate □ Other, please specify _______________________________________ 8. Do you currently? □ Study full time □ Study part time (tick all that apply) □ Work full time □ Work part time □ Unemployed 9. Have you ever worked in □ No □ Yes the animal welfare If yes, are you still currently working in the industry? industry? □ Yes □ No How long have you currently or previously worked 2
  3. 3. in the industry? Please Specify__________ 10. How often would you say that you read a □ Daily newspaper, be it □ 2 – 3 times weekly electronically or in □ 4 – 5 times weekly hard copy form? 12. How often would you □ Daily say that you watch the □ 2 – 3 times weekly news? □ 4 – 5 times weekly 13. Do you think the media influences your Strongly 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly perception of issues? Agree Disagree 14. Do you think the media focuses reports on Strongly 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly issues that may be Agree Disagree controversial? 15. Have you seen any media reports on dog □ No □ Yes attacks? 16. Did these reports mention the breed Always 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Never which had attacked? 17. Were these reports accompanied by a Always 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Never picture of the dog that had attacked? 18. Have you previously □ No □ Yes owned a dog? 19. Do you currently own a □ No □ Yes dog? If yes how many? ____________________ 20. Have you previously heard of Breed □ No □ Yes □ Unsure Specific Legislation? 21. Where did you first □ News media □ Book □ Friend / family learn of BSL? □ Social networking site □ Website 3
  4. 4. □ Other, please specify______________________ 22. Have you previously □ No □ Yes □ Unsure owned a dog that is If yes how many? ____________________ restricted by BSL? 23. Do you currently own a □ No □ Yes □ Unsure breed that is restricted If yes how many? ____________________ by BSL? 24. Do you believe the media has played a role Strongly 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly in the government Agree Disagree implementing BSL? 25. Do you believe BSL is an effective tool to reduce Strongly 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly problems associated Agree Disagree with aggressive dogs? 26. Do you believe BSL will solve the problems Strongly 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly associated with Agree Disagree aggressive dogs? 27. What factors do you believe contribute to a dog showing aggression? A: Fear Agree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Disagree B: Pain Agree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Disagree C: Nervousness Agree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Disagree D: Born Aggressive Agree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Disagree E: Untrained Agree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Disagree F: Naughty Agree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Disagree G: Dominance Agree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Disagree 4
  5. 5. 28. Please select all the breeds that you think □ Bull Terrier □ Chihuahua are classed as □ Presa Canario □ Affenpinscher restricted under BSL in □ Rottweiler □ Shiba Inu Australia □ Japanese Tosa □ Maltese Terrier □ Bull Mastiff □ Dogue De Bordeaux □ Akita □ Pit Bull Terrier □ Dogo Argentino □ Neopolitan Mastiff □ Fila Brasilerio □ Doberman □ American Pit Bull Terrier 29. Do you think it is possible to accurately identify a dog’s breed Strongly 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly based on physical Agree Disagree appearance alone? 30. Please identify which breeds of dog which you believe are restricted, based on physical appearance, from those pictured below. □ □ □ □ □ □ 5
  6. 6. □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ Thankyou for participating in this survey 6

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