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Most of us… aren’t opposed to eating animals

Few Canadians have negative views about eating animals, according to a recent survey.

Research Co., a national polling organization, asked Canadians about practices relating to the treatment of animals and found that only 19 per cent of Canadians viewed consuming meat unfavourably while 75 per cent said they support eating animals.

Data, shared by the organization’s president Mario Canseco in Burnaby Now, revealed that the older Canadians are, the less conflicted they feel about eating animals.

There were differences between how younger and older Canadians view meat consumption. Just 16 per cent of people aged 55 and over and 17 per cent of those 35 to 54 were opposed to having meat in their diet, compared to 25 per cent of respondents aged 18 to 24.

Canadians were also asked about their views on “trophy” hunting, which was strongly opposed by 85 per cent of people. On the other hand, hunting animals for meat received a different response. Sixty-five of Canadians said they viewed the practice positively while 29 per cent opposed it.

But most respondents don’t think highly of using animals’ fur as a fashion item as 75 per cent of Canadians, including 83 per cent of women who said they opposed it.

People seemed the most divided on keeping animals in captivity, according to survey results. Two in five Canadians (39%) were in favour while (52%) were opposed.

Research results were based off an online study that was conducted this year with 1,000 adults in Canada from Nov. 10-13.