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How do Brazilian citizens perceive animal welfare conditions in poultry, beef, and dairy supply chains?

Research paper by Ricardo Guimarães de RG Queiroz, Carla Heloisa de Faria CHF Domingues, Maria Eugênia Andrighetto MEA Canozzi, Rodrigo Garófallo RG Garcia, Clandio Favarini CF Ruviaro, Júlio Otávio Jardim JOJ Barcellos, João Augusto Rossi JAR Borges

Indexed on: 20 Dec '18Published on: 20 Dec '18Published in: PloS one



Abstract

The aim of this study was to understand the perceptions of Brazilian citizens about the general conditions of animal welfare in the poultry, beef, and dairy supply chains. To reach this aim, an online survey was conducted. The analysis was based on descriptive statistics and three logistic regression models. Results of descriptive statistics showed that citizens in Brazil had mostly negative perceptions about the conditions of animal welfare in the poultry, beef, and dairy supply chains. Results of the logistic regression models showed that citizens with a background in agricultural/veterinary sciences, and citizens who reported a higher level of knowledge about poultry and dairy supply chains were more likely to perceive the general conditions of animal welfare in these two supply chains as being bad. Citizens who reported previous contact with poultry farms were also more likely to perceive the general conditions of animal welfare in the poultry supply chain as being bad. In addition, the perception that farmers are mainly focused on the economic aspect of farming and less on animal welfare, the perception that animals do not have a good quality of life while housed on farms, and the perception that animals are not adequately transported and slaughtered, negatively impact on perceptions about the general conditions of animal welfare in the poultry, beef, and dairy supply chains.