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Consumer Preferences for Animal Welfare Attributes: Case of Gestation Crates

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  • Tonsor, Glynn T.
  • Olynk, Nicole J.
  • Wolf, Christopher A.

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Animal welfare concerns are having dramatic impacts on food and livestock markets. Here we examine consumer preferences for pork products with a focus on use of gestation crates. We examine underlying consumer valuations of pork attributes while considering preference heterogeneity as well as voluntary and legislative alternatives in producing gestation crate-free pork. Our results suggest that prohibiting swine producers from using gestation crates fails to improve consumer welfare in the presence of a labeling scheme documenting voluntary disadoption of gestation crates.

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  • Tonsor, Glynn T. & Olynk, Nicole J. & Wolf, Christopher A., 2008. "Consumer Preferences for Animal Welfare Attributes: Case of Gestation Crates," 2008 Annual Meeting, July 27-29, 2008, Orlando, Florida 6062, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
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    1. Uehleke, Reinhard & Hüttel, Silke, 2016. "The Hypothetical Free-Rider Deficit In The Demand For Farm Animal Welfare Labeled Meat," 56th Annual Conference, Bonn, Germany, September 28-30, 2016 244866, German Association of Agricultural Economists (GEWISOLA).
    2. Bicknell, Kathryn, 2011. "The Distributional Implications for Higher Farm Animal Welfare in New Zealand," 2011 Conference, August 25-26, 2011, Nelson, New Zealand 115418, New Zealand Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.

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