Hello! I'm a researcher; would anyone here be willing to help me out...?
My name is Meera, I'm a first year PhD student at the University of Sheffield in the UK. My research interest is in hunting and wildlife conservation. As a researcher I feel I must be upfront and tell you that I myself have never taken part in a hunt. This being said I am able to admit that this is due to personal preference and my opinion on the value of hunting as a conservation tool is neutral; I believe there may indeed be valid reasons to support hunting as a form of conservation for wildlife and also as a vital economic resource for people in places such as Africa (which is where my research will be focused).
My research is more specifically targeted though at the attitudes of hunters such as yourselves. I would like to know some of the things that motivate you to hunt and how you feel about the animals involved.
Would any of you be willing to take part in a survey that I will be conducting in early 2013? As I stated earlier, the aim of this research is neutral observation and data collection; I am not affiliated with any hunting or anti-hunting organisations and I am genuinely interested in the opinions of people such as yourselves. If you would be willing to take part please reply to this post. Naturally if you would like to know more about the project I will be happy to answer any queries.
Any information you give in the survey will of course be handled in the strictest confidence.
Many thanks for your time, I look forward to hearing from you.