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Farm animal welfare and children: a preliminary study building an attitude scale and evaluating an intervention

By N. Lakestani, V. Aguirre, A. Orihuela

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Children are future consumers; they will impact future animal welfare standards. This pilot study evaluated a nonhuman animal welfare education program, building a farm animal attitude questionnaire for 8- to 10-year-old children. The educational material focused on the behaviors and needs of cows, chickens, and pigs. Knowledge acquisition and attitude change were measured before and after the intervention for children in the intervention group and at a 2-week interval for children in the control group. Reliability of the attitude scale was measured by correlating the answers from the control group at two different time points. Eleven items were significantly correlated at the time points, indicating that those questions were reliably testing children's views on these items. The educational intervention was successful in increasing children's knowledge of farm animals and resulted in some changes in attitudes. The type of favorite animal reported shifted to more farm animals after the intervention.

Publication Title Society & Animals
Volume 23
Issue 4
Pages 363-378
ISBN/ISSN 1063-1119
DOI 10.1163/15685306-12341370
Language English
Author Address Escuela de Medicina Veterinaria, Facultad de Ecologia y Recursos Naturales, Universidad Andres Bello, Santiago, Chile.nelly.lakestani@unab.cl
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  1. Age
  2. Animal behavior
  3. Animals
  4. Animal welfare
  5. Attitudes
  6. Birds
  7. Bovidae
  8. Cattle
  9. Children
  10. Correlation
  11. Domestic animals
  12. Education
  13. Fowls
  14. Humans
  15. Knowledge
  16. Livestock
  17. Mammals
  18. Men
  19. peer-reviewed
  20. Pigs
  21. Pilot Projects
  22. Poultry
  23. Primates
  24. Ruminants
  25. Suiformes
  26. surveys
  27. ungulates
  28. vertebrates
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