Immunocastration with Improvac™ reduces aggressive and sexual behaviours in male pigs
| Contributor(s):: Brewster, Veronica, Nevel, Amanda
Surgical castration of male pigs is a common practice to reduce the risk of boar taint, an accumulation of pheromones in the muscles of pigs giving an undesirable odour to the pork of entire boars. Castration is not widely practiced in the UK for welfare reasons and indeed, assurance schemes...
Consuming for the sake of others: whose interests count on a market for animal-friendly products?
| Contributor(s):: Pirscher, F.
Many Europeans are concerned about the living conditions of farm animals because they view animals as beings that possess interests of their own. Against this background the introduction of an animal welfare label is being intensively discussed in Europe. In choosing a market-based instrument to...
Analysis of the alternative agriculture's seeds market sector: history and development
| Contributor(s):: Barbieri, P., Bocchi, S.
Alternative agricultural systems, like organic and local agriculture, are becoming increasingly important in Europe to the detriment of conventional methods. As a matter of fact, sustainable agriculture, which started as a niche sector, has been able to conquer a significant share of the European...
The role of quality labels in market-driven animal welfare
| Contributor(s):: Heerwagen, L. R., Morkbak, M. R., Denver, S., Sandoe, P., Christensen, T.
In policy-making the consumption of specially labelled products, and its role in improving the welfare of livestock, has attracted considerable attention. There is in many countries a diverse market for animal welfare-friendly products which is potentially confusing and may lack transparency. We...
Investigating some of the factors that influence "consumer" choice when adopting a shelter dog in the United Kingdom
| Contributor(s):: Siettou, C., Fraser, I. M., Fraser, R. W.
This study examined which characteristics of dogs available at a large rehoming organization in the United Kingdom influenced prospective adopters' choices. The revealed preference data used to model "consumer" choice were from the Dogs Trust rehoming web pages. The analysis of the probability of...
Qualified for evaluation? A GM potato and the orders of rural worth
| Contributor(s):: Valve, H.
Consumer autonomy and availability of genetically modified food
| Contributor(s):: Siipi, H., Uusitalo, S.
The European Union's policies regarding genetically modified food (GMF hereafter) are based on the precautionary principle and the requirement of respecting consumers' autonomy. We ask whether the requirement of respecting consumers' autonomy regarding GMF implies that both GMF and non-GMF...
Swiss market for meat from animal-friendly production - responses of public and private actors in Switzerland
| Contributor(s):: Phan-Huy, S. A., Fawaz, R. B.
Animal welfare is an important societal issue in Switzerland. Policy makers have responded with strict legislation on animal protection and with two programmes to promote animal friendly husbandry. Also private actors in the meat industry initiated programmes for animal friendly meat production...