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Journal of Animal Science Abstract - Contemporary Issues

Livestock welfare product claims: The emerging social context


This article in

  1. Vol. 85 No. 9, p. 2354-2360
    unlockOPEN ACCESS
    Received: Dec 21, 2006
    Accepted: May 07, 2007
    Published: December 8, 2014

    1 Corresponding author(s):

  1. P. Thompson*1,
  2. C. Harris,
  3. D. Holt and
  4. E. A. Pajor§
  1. Department Philosophy,
    Department of Sociology, and
    Institute for Food and Agricultural Standards, Department of Sociology, Michigan State University, East Lansing 48824; and
    Department of Animal Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2054


An increasing number of product claims about food animal welfare or well-being have appeared in the global food industry and global market in recent years. These claims have significant consequences for producers, processors, transporters, retailers, consumers, and the animals themselves. Furthermore, recent restructuring of the global food industry has altered the power relationships of various actors. Regulation of the industry is moving toward greater private control, and the power of retailers has dramatically increased. The changing structure of the industry carries implications both in terms of how standards are created and in terms of the types of standards themselves. The purpose of this article is to provide a greater understanding of how these product claims are made, their implications, and the challenges they present.

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