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Ital J Food Saf. 2015 Aug 26;4(4):5504. eCollection 2015 Nov 2.

Animal Welfare: Data from an Online Consultation.

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Laboratory of Food Inspection, Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Perugia , Perugia, Italy.


This paper analyses data obtained from an online survey related to animal welfare and religious slaughter topics. The questionnaire was conducted with the purpose of examining the purchase behaviour of a group of consumers (with different religious orientation) and their views on animal protection and ritual slaughter. The main results of the consultation were two. The first evidenced the respondents' great interest about the question on animal welfare, which is in accordance with the growing interest of European citizens concerning this issue. The second was the demand for a more transparent labelling of animal products, which would also reflect animal welfare and the slaughter method used. These results are in contrast with marketing analysis, which finds that consumers want to only receive positive information. Paradoxically, the more information is transmitted to reassure consumers, the higher is the risk to alarm them.


Animal welfare; Consumers; Religious slaughter

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