Title: Beef animal welfare, attitudes and Willingness to Pay: A regional comparison across the Pyrenees
Authors: SANS PierreSANJUAN LOPEZ ANA
Citation: SPANISH JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH vol. 13 no. 3 p. e0105
Publisher: SPANISH NATL INST AGRICULTURAL & FOOD RESEARCH & TECHNOLO
Publication Year: 2015
JRC N°: JRC96934
ISSN: 1695-971X
URI: http://revistas.inia.es/index.php/sjar/article/view/7273
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC96934
DOI: 10.5424/sjar/2015133-7273
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
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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