WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Two-thirds of Britons would outlaw hunting, while only a third of Canadians and a quarter of Americans ban it, a poll released Wednesday indicates.
The survey by the Canadian polling firm Angus Reid Public Opinion found a high level of agreement on one proposition, that using animals for food, clothing and even entertainment is not wrong as long as needless suffering is avoided. Sixty-six percent of Canadians, 63 percent of Britons and 62 percent in the United States said yes.
But British respondents were far more likely to view specific actions as cruel with 79 percent opposing killing animals for fur, compared with 66 percent in the United States and 55 percent in Canada. In addition to the 66 percent who oppose hunting in Britain, more than half would support a ban on circus animals (53 percent) and on the use of animals to test commercial products (51 percent).
Angus Reid polled 1,006 Canadian adults, 1,024 in the United States and 2,013 in Britain Sept. 8-15. The margin of error is 3.1 percentage points for the Canadian and U.S. samples and 2.1 percentage points in Britain.