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Australian livestock export industry workers’ attitudes toward animal welfare

Willis, R.S., Dunston-Clarke, E.J., Keating, L.R., Fleming, P.A.ORCID: 0000-0002-0626-3851 and Collins, T.ORCID: 0000-0003-4597-0812 (2021) Australian livestock export industry workers’ attitudes toward animal welfare. Animals, 11 (5). Article 1411.

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Understanding live export industry workers’ attitudes and beliefs toward animal welfare can provide insight into their decision-making processes and likely behavior. Industry workers (n = 265) with various roles within the supply chain were surveyed from different global regions. Participants were divided into ten categories according to their industry roles and compared using ordinal regression. Respondents were highly likely to have a positive attitude toward animal welfare; the majority of workers enjoyed working with livestock (95.8%) and agreed that livestock should be treated with respect (97.7%). Workers demonstrated a strong understanding of animal welfare concepts, 168 respondents (63.4%) provided examples of ways they had improved animal welfare in their workplace, and 164 workers (61.9%) suggested ways that animal welfare could be improved further. Most workers (95.8%) agreed that animal welfare was satisfactory in their workplace. Five out of the 24 multiple-choice responses differed significantly by the participant’s industry role, but no particular group displayed consistently divergent beliefs or attitudes. Given the community concern regarding animals in the livestock export supply chain, it is imperative to understand the attitudes of industry personnel who are responsible for the daily management of the animals. This knowledge assists in the development of animal welfare policy and can inform strategies to manage public perception.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Food Futures Institute
Harry Butler Institute
Publisher: Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
Copyright: © 2021 The Authors
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