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On mandatory labeling of animal welfare attributes

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  • Tonsor, Glynn T.
  • Wolf, Christopher A.

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This paper assesses US resident support for mandatory labeling of animal welfare information on pork and egg products and outlines policy considerations for assessment prior to implementing any mandatory labeling policies regarding animal welfare practices. Results suggest consumers support mandatory labeling indicating use of gestation crates (stalls) and laying hen cages. Estimates suggest consumers would be willing to pay about 20% higher pork and egg prices to obtain this production practice information. Demographic and latent perception drivers of this support are highlighted. Multiple issues that warrant consideration prior to imposing mandatory labeling are discussed revealing lines of corresponding future research.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Food Policy.

Volume (Year): 36 (2011)
Issue (Month): 3 (June)
Pages: 430-437

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jfpoli:v:36:y:2011:i:3:p:430-437

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Keywords: Animal handling Animal welfare Consumer demand Gestation crate/stall Laying hen cage Mandatory labeling Voting behavior;

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  1. Saitone, Tina L. & Sexton, Richard J. & Sumner, Daniel A., 2013. "What Happens When Food Marketers Require Restrictive Farming Practices?," 2013 Annual Meeting, August 4-6, 2013, Washington, D.C. 151268, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

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