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The European Market for Animal-Friendly Products in a Societal Context

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor David Harvey



This article takes a future focus on the direction in which social forces develop the market for animal-friendly products in Europe. On the basis of qualitative data gathered in the context of the European EconWelfare project, the differences across eight European countries are studied. The findings suggest that, given international trade barriers that prevent an improvement of animal welfare through legislation, many stakeholders believe that the market is the most viable direction to improve farm animal welfare. Economic productivity of the chain remains, however, an issue that on a fundamental level conflicts with the objective to improve animal welfare. With the help of a deeper conceptual understanding of willingness to pay for animal welfare, the paper finds that the European market for animal-friendly products is still largely fragmented and that the differences between European countries are considerable. A more animal-friendly future that is achieved through the market will therefore need substantial policy attention from stakeholders in society.

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Author(s): Ingenbleek PTM, Harvey DR, Ilieski V, Immink VM, de Roest K, Schmid O

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Animals

Year: 2013

Volume: 3

Issue: 3

Pages: 808-829

Print publication date: 14/08/2013

Date deposited: 15/08/2013

ISSN (electronic): 2076-2615

Publisher: MDPI


DOI: 10.3390/ani3030808


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