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Determinants of consumer acceptance of alternatives to piglet castration without anaesthesia - a review


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Heid, Astrid and Hamm, Ulrich (2010) Determinants of consumer acceptance of alternatives to piglet castration without anaesthesia - a review. Fleischwirtschaft International, 25 (2), pp. 122-126.

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In order to prevent the occurrence of boar taint, almost all male piglets are routinely castrated in Europe. Usually, this surgical intervention is carried out without the use of anaesthesia or analgesia. Recently, animal welfare concerns over this practice have been raised and efforts are made to ban surgical castration of piglets without anaesthesia. Therefore, it is necessary to find alternatives to piglet castration without anaesthesia.
An important factor for the implementation of possible alternatives is consumers’ acceptance of and willingness to pay for pork which was produced using these alternatives. Existing research on this topic mainly focused on consumer reactions to meat form entire male pigs. Only a few studies analysed consumer acceptance of immunocastration, castration with anaesthesia and sexing of sperm. This article reviews consumer research on the acceptance of alternatives to piglet castration without anaesthesia and discusses the relevance of the findings for the meat industry as well as the need for action and further research.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:FKZ 08OE025, BÖL, BOEL, alternatives, piglet castration, consumer acceptance, boar taint
Subjects: Food systems > Food security, food quality and human health
Food systems > Markets and trade
Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
Research affiliation: Germany > Federal Organic Farming Scheme - BOELN > Economics > Vermarktung
Germany > University of Kassel > Department of Agricultural- and Food Marketing
Related Links:http://www.bundesprogramm.de/fkz=08OE025, http://www.uni-kassel.de/agrar/alm/, http://www.uni-kassel.de/agrar/fnt/, http://www.bundesprogramm-oekolandbau.de/, https://orgprints.org/perl/search/advanced?addtitle%2Ftitle=&keywords=08OE025&projects=BOEL&_order=bypublication&_action_search=Suchen
Deposited By: Heid, Dr. Astrid
ID Code:17055
Deposited On:27 May 2010 11:12
Last Modified:30 May 2010 19:14
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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