Intention to kill: Tolerance and illegal persecution of sumatran tigers and sympatric species

St. John, Freya A.V. and Linkie, Matthew and Martyr, Deborah J. and Milliyanawati, Betty and McKay, Jeanne E. and Mangunjaya, Fachruddin M. and Leader-Williams, Nigel and Struebig, Matthew J. (2018) Intention to kill: Tolerance and illegal persecution of sumatran tigers and sympatric species. Conservation Letters, 11 (4). e12451. ISSN 1755-263X. E-ISSN 1755-263X. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1111/conl.12451) (Full text available)

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Abstract

Tolerance may lessen when wildlife adversely impacts people. Models from psychology can help elucidate how people make judgements, why they act accordingly, and whether beliefs and norms influence support for policy and intervention. Working in a globally important region for tigers, we estimated hunting prevalence for this endangered species and three sympatric taxa using methods for asking sensitive questions. We also investigated the relative strength of ethnicity and social‐psychological predictors in influencing intention to hunt. Men's behavioural intention and perceptions differed by species: pro‐conservation values were most prevalent for tiger, weakest for wild boar. Perceived behavioural control was the strongest predictor of hunting‐intention; affect and injunctive norms were also important. The prominence of affect in determining intention suggests increasing environmental knowledge is unlikely to curb hunting. However, existing norms could be leveraged to incentivise behaviour‐change. Integrating behaviour‐change models into conservation science is crucial where strategies require changes in people's actions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: affect, endangered species, hunting, Indonesia, norms, randomized response technique
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: Matthew Struebig
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2018 08:29 UTC
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2018 09:28 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/66534 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Struebig, Matthew J.: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2058-8502
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