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Brazilian Citizens' Opinions and Attitudes about Farm Animal Production Systems

By Maria C. Yunes, Marina A. G. von Keyserlingk, Maria J. Hotzel

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The inclusion of societal input is needed for food animal production industries to retain their “social license to operate”. Little is known about the knowledge and attitudes of Brazilian citizens regarding food animal production systems. The aim of this study was to explore the beliefs and attitudes of Brazilians not associated with livestock production towards farm animal production systems. Overall, our participants expressed a preference for free-range, cage-free, and more “natural” production systems. They also expressed concerns with livestock production systems that limited the movement or expression of natural behaviours, particularly those that they associated with animal suffering or distress. They recognized farm animals as deserving respect and dignity beyond the provision of basic needs. Our findings indicate that Brazil’s current farm animal housing practices that are associated with restriction of movement may not align with societal expectations.


Katie Osborn

Date 2017
Publication Title Animals
Volume 7
Issue 10
ISBN/ISSN 2076-2615
Publisher Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Location of Publication Basel, Switzerland
DOI 10.3390/ani7100075
Language English
Additional Language English
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  1. Animal health and hygiene
  2. Animal welfare
  3. Brazil
  4. Ethics
  5. Livestock
  6. opinions
  7. Qualitative Research