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TDK conference 2021

The animal keeping culture of Hungary
Komjáti Sára Luca - year 5
University of Veterinary Medicine Budapest, Center for Animal Welfare
Supervisor: Dr. Szilvia Vetter

Abstract:

In my dissertation the goal was to chart the animal keeping culture and habits and also the motivation of the owners in the country However, the study is not representative, the big sample size made it possible to reach comprehensive conclusions. 843 people have answered the questionnaire. There were 26 questions and 20 sub questions in total.

97% of the respondents regard their dog as a family member, and only a few people keep them as a watchdog. Nearly 25% of the respondents do not wish to neuter their dog. Because they want to breed the dog or they find it unnecessary. The reason for cat keepers not to neuter their pet is the financial issue, but many of them also find it unnecessary.

In the attitude tests there were major differences between the groups with various demographic backgrounds. Sex, age, education and in some cases residence were the major factors of the differences. Animal keepers and women are significantly more likely to consider their animal as a family member. Men, the elderly, people who live in the countryside and those who have only elementary education think that neutering is of less importance. Non animal keepers, elderly people and men think more negatively about adoption. Sex, age and animal husbandry have the main influence on the tendency of the adoption. Buying an animal from a breeder is more important to the younger age groups and those who live in Budapest. 42,3% of the respondents gave the lowest point to the assessment of the livestock units. Women, people from younger age groups and those who have higher education think more negatively about the topic. Non animal keepers, the elderly and people of lower education consider the livestock animal’s emotional intelligence lower. Men, over 65, people of lower education and also non animal keepers accept significantly easier the use of livestock animals.



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