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EU animal welfare policy: Developing a comprehensive policy framework

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  • Ingenbleek, Paul T.M.
  • Immink, Victor M.
  • Spoolder, Hans A.M.
  • Bokma, Martien H.
  • Keeling, Linda J.
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    Abstract

    Many EU citizens are concerned about animal welfare. The policy literature has responded to these concerns by suggesting a variety of policy instruments to policy makers. However, a gap in knowledge exists regarding which instrument should be applied under which conditions in the policy environment. This article presents the results of multiple inductive case studies of eight European countries to better understand the contingencies to animal welfare policy instruments and to further complement the framework of policy instruments available to policy makers. The qualitative evidence from this study is presented in the form of a policy decision tree indicating instruments likely to be effective under given conditions. The findings suggest that a “one size fits all” solution for animal welfare in the EU is unlikely to be effective and that although a market-based policy within the current EU context is in many cases inevitable, the barriers are numerous and require policy instruments tailored to the specific context.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Food Policy.

    Volume (Year): 37 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 6 ()
    Pages: 690-699

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:jfpoli:v:37:y:2012:i:6:p:690-699

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    Keywords: Animal welfare; Policy making; EU policy; Qualitative research;

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    1. Hatanaka, Maki & Bain, Carmen & Busch, Lawrence, 2005. "Third-party certification in the global agrifood system," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 30(3), pages 354-369, June.
    2. Bennett, R. M., 1997. "Farm animal welfare and food policy," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 22(4), pages 281-288, August.
    3. Moschitz, Heidrun & Stolze, Matthias, 2009. "Organic farming policy networks in Europe: Context, actors and variation," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 34(3), pages 258-264, June.
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