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  1. The emotional lives of companion animals: attachment and subjective claims by owners of cats and dogs

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    | Contributor(s):: Martens, P., Enders-Slegers, M. J., Walker, J. K.

    There is a growing body of scientific evidence supporting the existence of emotions in nonhuman animals. Companion-animal owners show a strong connection and attachment to their animals and readily assign emotions to them. In this paper we present information on how the attachment level of...

  2. Is dandelion rubber more natural? Naturalness, biotechnology and the transition towards a bio-based society

    | Contributor(s):: Zwart, H., Krabbenborg, L., Zwier, J.

    In the unfolding debate on the prospects, challenges and viability of the imminent transition towards a 'Bio-Based Society' (BBS) or 'Bio-based Economy' - i.e. the replacement of fossil fuels by biomass as a basic resource for the production of energy, materials and food, 'big' concepts tend to...

  3. Moral values and attitudes toward Dutch sow husbandry

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    | Contributor(s):: Bergstra, T. J., Gremmen, B., Stassen, E. N.

    Attitudes toward sow husbandry differ between citizens and conventional pig farmers. Research showed that moral values could only predict the judgment of people in case of culling healthy animals in the course of a disease epidemic to a certain extent. Therefore, we hypothesized that attitudes...

  4. Willingness of Dutch broiler and pig farmers to convert to production systems with improved welfare

    | Contributor(s):: Gocsik, E., Lans, I. A. van der, Lansink, A. G. J. M. O., Saatkamp, H. W.

    The present study investigated 15 broiler and 13 fattening pig farmers' willingness-to-convert to alternative production systems with higher animal welfare standards compared to conventional production systems in The Netherlands, and explored the main barriers to the adoption of these alternative...

  5. The lifecycle of the farm pig: a review of Welfare of Pigs from Birth to Slaughter [Book Review]

    | Contributor(s):: Ormandy, E.

    A book review of Welfare of pigs from birth to slaughter . Edited by Luigi Faucitano and Allan L. Schaefer. Wageningen, the Netherlands: Wageningen Academic, 2008. 316 pp. ISBN: 9086860664. Hardcover, $127

  6. Wildlife value orientations in the Netherlands. (Special issue. Cross-cultural wildlife value orientations)

    | Contributor(s):: Jacobs, M. H.

    Wildlife value orientations among inhabitants of the Netherlands were explored by conducting semi-structured interviews, and using predefined value orientations that were previously revealed in the United States. Special attention was paid to the existence of mutualism orientations, viewing...

  7. Scientists and Dutch pig farmers in dialogue about tail biting: unravelling the mechanism of multi-stakeholder learning

    | Contributor(s):: Benard, M., Schuitmaker, T. J., Buning, T. de C.

    Pig farmers and scientists appear to have different perspectives and underlying framing on animal welfare issues as tail biting and natural behaviour of pigs. Literature proposes a joint learning process in which a shared vision is developed. Using two different settings, a symposium and...

  8. Diversity in horse enthusiasts with respect to horse welfare: an explorative study

    | Contributor(s):: Visser, E. K., Wijk-Jansen, E. E. C. van

    A reduced level of welfare of horses is related to management factors such as low forage feeding, short feeding time, social isolation, and lack of unrestrained exercise. It has been assumed that welfare problems can be reduced and/or partly prevented by improving the knowledge and skills of...

  9. The paradox of E-numbers: ethical, aesthetic, and cultural concerns in the Dutch discourse on food additives

    | Contributor(s):: Haen, D.

    Persistent public distrust of food additives is often explained in terms of safety and health issues. The broad variety of ethical, aesthetic, and cultural concerns tends to be structurally ignored by food engineers and occasionally even by consumers themselves. The public controversy of food...

  10. Assessment time of the Welfare Quality protocol for dairy cattle

    | Contributor(s):: Vries, M. de, Engel, B., Uijl, I. den, Schaik, G. van, Dijkstra, T., Boer, I. de, Bokkers, E. A. M.

  11. Can substrate in early rearing prevent feather pecking in adult laying hens?

    | Contributor(s):: Jong, I. C. de, Reuvekamp, B. F. J., Gunnink, H.

  12. Loading density and welfare of goat kids during long distance road transport

    | Contributor(s):: Hindle, V. A., Reimert, H. G. M., Werf, J. T. N. van der, Lambooij, E.

  13. Are there ideological aspects to the modernization of agriculture?

    | Contributor(s):: Hardeman, E., Jochemsen, H.

  14. Moral convictions and culling animals: a survey in the Netherlands

    | Contributor(s):: Cohen, N. E., Brom, F. W. A., Stassen, E. N.

    In this paper the results are presented of a national survey in the Netherlands. The aim was to identify and describe the convictions about animals that people have in Dutch society and the role of these in judgments on the culling of healthy animals during an animal disease epidemic. A total of...

  15. Preventing dog bite injuries: the need for a collaborative approach

    | Contributor(s):: Keuster, T. de, Overall, K. L.

    This article discusses an open-minded multidisciplinary approach for preventing primary and secondary dog bites. This approach is based on the recognition of the interaction between the dog, human and environment in which they interact. Focus is given on the analysis of problem or potential...

  16. Consumer attitudes towards the development of animal-friendly husbandry systems

    | Contributor(s):: Frewer, L. J., Kole, A., Kroon, S. M. A. van de, Lauwere, C. de

    Recent policy developments in the area of livestock husbandry have suggested that, from the perspective of optimizing animal welfare, new animal husbandry systems should be developed that provide opportunities for livestock animals to be raised in environments where they are permitted to engage...

  17. Dealing with ambivalence: farmers' and consumers' perceptions of animal welfare in livestock breeding

    | Contributor(s):: Velde, H. te, Aarts, N., Woerkum, C. van

    The results of an empirical study into perceptions of the treatment of farm animals in the Netherlands are presented. A qualitative approach, based on in-depth interviews with 30 meat livestock farmers and consumers was chosen in order to assess motivations behind perceptions and to gain insight...

  18. Food metaphors and ethics: towards more attention for bodily experience

    | Contributor(s):: Weele, C. van der

    Official Dutch food information apparently tries to avoid images but is implicitly shaped by the metaphor that food is fuel. It is argued that the image of food as fuel and its accompanying view of the body as a machine are not maximally helpful for integrating two important human desires: health...

  19. Is agriculture in need of ethics?

    | Contributor(s):: Apotheker, H.

    The paper considers the interrelationships between ethics, the agro-food industry, civil society and government in the Netherlands. Changing norms and values in society, the influence of new technologies such as biotechnology, and international trade liberalization are discussed as providing...

  20. Not all animals are equal: differences in moral foundations for the Dutch veterinary policy on livestock and animals in nature reservations

    | Contributor(s):: Waelbers, K., Stafleu, F., Brom, F. W. A.

    The Netherlands is a small country with many people and much livestock. As a result, animals in nature reservations are often living near cattle farms. Therefore, people from the agricultural practices are afraid that wild animals will infect domestic livestock with diseases like swine fever and...