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  1. BSE in the UK: why the risk communication strategy failed. (Special issue: Farm animal diseases in context)

    Contributor(s):: Jensen, K. K.

    The 2000 BSE Inquiry report points out that the most serious failure of the UK Government was one of risk communication. This paper argues that the government's failure to communicate the risks BSE posed to humans to a large degree can be traced back to a lack of transparency in the first risk...

  2. Farmers' relationship with different animals: the importance of getting close to the animals - case studies of French, Swedish and Dutch cattle, pig and poultry farmers. (Special issue: Competing discourses of farm animal welfare and agri-food restru

    Contributor(s):: Bock, B. B., Huik, M. M. van, Prutzer, M., Eveillard, F. K., Dockes, A.

    This article seeks to provide a deeper understanding of the factors that influence farmers' relations with animals and focuses on the relevance of sector (e.g. beef or dairy cattle), animal species, housing systems and any national differences. It seeks to draw out how the relationship between...

  3. Impact of education on the attitudes of college students toward biotechnology

    Contributor(s):: Sterling, L. G., Halbrendt, C. K., Kitto, S. L.

    An interdisciplinary course was designed as an introduction to the applications of, and the socio-economic issues associated with, biotechnology. College students enrolled in the course were surveyed prior to the first formal lecture, and again upon completion of the course. Assessment was made...

  4. Risk communication, value judgments, and the public-policy maker relationship in a climate of public sensitivity toward animals: revisiting Britain's foot and mouth crisis. (Special issue: Farm animal diseases in context)

    Contributor(s):: Anthony, R.

    This paper offers some suggestions on, and encouragement for, how to be better at risk communication in times of agricultural crisis. During the foot and mouth epizootic, the British public, having no precedent to deal with such a rapid and widespread epizootic, no existing rules or conventions,...

  5. Attitudes, knowledge and wild animals as pets in Costa Rica

    Contributor(s):: Drews, C.

    A nationwide survey in Costa Rica, using Kellert's conceptual framework, revealed at least five attitude dimensions toward animals. Overall, Costa Rican adults have a strong sentimental attitude toward animals, an expression of feelings of affection toward animals. In contrast, the materialistic...

  6. Good zoo/bad zoo: visitor experiences in captive settings

    Contributor(s):: Woods, B.

    Captive wildlife settings are a large and important segment of the wildlife tourism industry. They are also subject to considerable debate, much of which centres on whether zoos and sanctuaries deliver benefits that compensate the necessity of keeping animals in captivity. The views of the...

  7. Homelessness and dog ownership: an investigation into animal empathy, attachment, crime, drug use, health and public opinion

    Contributor(s):: Taylor, H., Williams, P., Gray, D.

    A sample of 51 homeless people in Cambridge, UK completed a questionnaire featuring adapted Animal Empathy and Companion Animal Bonding Scales. Concepts of crime, drug use, and health matters amongst the homeless, both dog owning and non-dog owning, were investigated, as well. Ninety members of...

  8. Measuring public support for animal welfare legislation: a case study of cage egg production

    Contributor(s):: Bennett, R.

    A contingent valuation survey of 2000 people in Great Britain was conducted to find out about people's concerns about farm animal welfare and their willingness to pay to support legislation to phase out the use of cages in egg production in the European Union (EU) by 2005. The survey found that...

  9. Measuring the value to the public of pig welfare improvements: a contingent valuation approach

    Contributor(s):: Glass, C. A., Hutchinson, W. G., Beattie, V. E.

    The welfare of farm animals is a policy area that has increased greatly in importance in recent years. When deciding whether a proposed policy should be implemented, it can be useful for policymakers to compare the costs of the proposed improvement with the perceived benefits. The costs are...

  10. People's willingness to pay for farm animal welfare

    Contributor(s):: Bennett, R. M.

    This paper describes an exploratory survey which tests the application of contingent valuation to estimate, in money terms, the benefits that people perceive to be associated with specific measures to improve farm animal welfare through eliciting their willingness to pay for welfare legislation....