Defining the concept of animal welfare: integrating the opinion of citizens and other stakeholders

Els Van Poucke, Filiep Vanhonacker, Griet Nijs, Johan Braeckman, Wim Verbeke, Frank Tuyttens

    Onderzoeksoutput: Hoofdstuk in Boek/Rapport/CongresprocedureBijdrage aan een boek/anthologiepeer review


    Animal welfare is a complex and multidimensional concept and there is little consensus about how it ought to be defined. This project aims to develop a definition of farm animal welfare based both on science and on consensus among citizens and stakeholders such that animal welfare becomes a more workable concept in politics and society. The study consisted of both qualitative and quantitative research. Firstly, a list of 73 aspects, considered to be important for animal welfare, was produced based on focus group discussions with citizens and on a literature review. Secondly, these aspects were condensed into a set of five mutually exclusive welfare-dimensions and the relative weight of these dimensions was quantified based on a survey among Flemish citizens. Thirdly, the list of welfare dimensions and their weights was discussed with stakeholders during focus group discussions and in-depth interviews. This study gives insight into the attitudes of the different stakeholders in society towards the welfare of farm animals. Moreover, the list of dimensions and their relative weights is believed to be invaluable for the aggregation of various welfare indicators into a comprehensive assessment of the general state of welfare.
    Oorspronkelijke taalEngels
    TitelEthics and the Politics of Food
    EditorsM Kaiser, ME Lien
    Aantal pagina’s5
    UitgeverijWageningen Academic Publishers
    PublicatiestatusGepubliceerd - 2006


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