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An Inquiry into Animal Rights Vegan Activists' Perception and Practice of Persuasion

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This thesis paper investigates the strategies of "animal rights vegan activists," with emphasis on their persuasive practices and why they have failed to convince large numbers of people to become vegan. The author examines a wide range of tactics and explores two case studies involving the "Holocaust on Your Plate" campaign by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the college leafleting promoted by Vegan Outreach.

Do Hens Have Friends?

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This study involving (non-invasive) experiments with hens found no compelling evidence that they prefer the company of other specific hens. However, the findings suggest that there may be a preference among some hens when it comes to night-time perching. The study has implications for how hens are treated and confined by egg farmers, including the use of battery cages compared with group housing.


Consumer Survey Outlines Pork Perception Issues

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This study by researchers at Purdue University found that 14% of U.S. consumers have reduced their pork consumption by more than half (on average) due to animal welfare concerns. This is despite the fact that more than half report having no source of information for animal welfare and nearly 75% have not seen any news related to pig welfare. The findings show a disconnect between consumers and animal farming - a third of respondents had never visited such a farm.

Some Brief Thoughts on Changing Food Practices

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Even without a sense of compassion or ethical duty toward other animals such points inevitably put the spotlight on instead changing patterns of consumption, on reducing or eliminating meat/dairy consumption. This should not be couched in individualistic terms where responsibility is placed solely on consumers to change. Responsibility to change dietary patterns also asks questions of the adaptability of governments and food corporations, not to mention the seriousness with which they do or do not take the issue of climate change.

Exploring Health and Environmental Costs of Food

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This paper describes the proceedings from a workshop on the true costs of food and summarizes dozens of presentations from scholars and experts on related topics. The presentations cover a wide range of health, social, environmental costs that are inherent in modern agriculture but not reflected in food prices. The authors also discuss the concept of "externalities" in general and debate whether or not they are the best way to frame the problem.

Identifying and Monitoring Pain in Farm Animals

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This literature review evaluates various indicators of pain for different species of farmed animals, concluding that some indicators may be useful to identify pain while others identify stress in general. The researchers found a lack of emphasis on identifying pain among farmed animals, with "several" such indicators for mammals, "a few" for birds, and "very few" indicators for fish. The paper calls for more research to validate new indicators for pain assessment.



Reconsidering the Political Economy of Farm Animal Welfare: An Anatomy of Market Failure

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This paper analyses the political economy of animal welfare products. The authors examine the role of the government in subsidizing animal welfare products, consumers' willingness to pay for these products and current literature addressing these issues. They argue that rather than subsidizing the supply of such products, such as through subsidies to farmers, governments might be better to influence the demand for such products via subsidies for the purchase of animal welfare products.


Semi-Ownership and Sterilisation of Cats and Dogs in Thailand

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"Semi-ownership" of nonhuman animals refers to caring for a companion animal by feeding or caring for it but not "owning" him/her. For example, regularly feeding or getting medical care for a stray dog or cat. This study examined Thai citizens who engage in semi-ownership of cats and dogs and investigated how many sterilized the animals they cared for and what demographic characteristics are correlated to spaying/ neutering these animals.



An Investigation Into the Availability of Horsemeat in Belgium, France and the Netherlands

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Grocery stores in three European countries where horse meat is consumed-Belgium, France and the Netherlands-were surveyed to determine its availability. Horse meat was found in a majority of the stores surveyed. Though it is often sold as a whole product it is not always clearly labeled and may be one of many products in cheap processed foods.


Livestock Vehicle Accidents in Spain: Causes, Consequences, and Effects on Animal Welfare

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Accidents involving vehicles transporting livestock animals in Spain were analyzed to determine the nature of the accidents and outcomes. Human injuries were rare and a majority (64%) of all accidents involved the transport vehicle overturning, with no other vehicle involved. Most accidents involved pigs being transported, making this a particularly vulnerable population in need of attention for those advocates dealing with animal welfare concerns.


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