Public Attitudes, Perceptions and Behaviours Towards Production Diseases Associated with Farm Animal Welfare

We conducted a systematic review of public attitudes towards farm animal welfare, with a specific focus on production diseases in intensive systems.

The results demonstrate that the public are concerned about farm animal welfare in modern intensive production systems, and consumers adopted a number of dissonance strategies to enable guilt free meat consumption as a result. Naturalness and humane treatment were central to what was considered good welfare. An evidence gap was highlighted in relation to attitudes towards specific production diseases, with no studies specifically addressing this, however, the prophylactic use of antibiotics was identified as a concern both in relation to human and animal health.



Animal Behaviour Langford