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Beef animal welfare, attitudes and Willingness to Pay: A regional comparison across the Pyrenees

Sans, Pierre and Sanjuán-López, Ana Isabel Beef animal welfare, attitudes and Willingness to Pay: A regional comparison across the Pyrenees. (2015) Spanish Journal of Agricultural Research, vol. 13 (n° 3). pp. 1-14. ISSN 2171-9292

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.5424/sjar/2015133-7273

Abstract

Attitudes towards beef animal welfare (AW) and Willingness to Pay (WTP) for AW certification are investigated among consumers in two Spanish and two French regions located on both sides of the Pyrenees (n=1213). Attitudes were measured through a scale of 11 animal practices, on which, consumers report their degree of concern and trust on the supply chain compliance. Attitudes significantly differed across regions, especially with respect to those AW practices carried out by farmers, while trust lies behind concerns. Three segments based on individual consumer attitudes are defined by opposing those consumers who are more concerned and who trust more on the compliance with AW standards (n=264, 22%) to those less concerned and who are more uncertain about stakeholders´ compliance with AW rules (n=356, 29%). Consumer location, gender, age and education significantly differed across attitudinal clusters. Results from a contingent valuation survey show that WTP for certified animal friendly beef ranged between 20.6% and 22.6% over the average market price of standard beef, in Spain and France, respectively. Both, consumers’ socio-demographic characteristics and habits regarding beef meat purchasing and attitudes towards farmers influenced this WTP (the more consumers trust in farmers’ involvement in animal welfare, the highest is their WTP), while a negative overall attitude significantly reduced WTP.

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Additional Information:Thanks to Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria. The original PDF of the article can be found at Spanish Journal of Agricultural Research website : http://revistas.inia.es/index.php/sjar/article/view/7273
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - INPT (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique - INRA (FRANCE)
Other partners > European Commission, Joint Research Centre - JRC (SPAIN)
Other partners > Instituto Nacional de Investigacion y Tecnologia Agraria y Alimentaria (SPAIN)
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Deposited By: Pierre SANS
Deposited On:04 Mar 2016 10:05

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