Open Knowledge about Slaughter on the Internet—A Case Study on Controversies
Faculty of Education, Department of Education, Communication and Learning, University of Gothenburg, Box 300, SE40530 Gothenburg, Sweden
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, Department of Animal Environment and Health, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Box 234, SE532323 Skara, Sweden
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Received: 3 November 2017 / Revised: 8 December 2017 / Accepted: 16 December 2017 / Published: 18 December 2017
Animal products are consumed by a large majority of the global population, yet public knowledge about animal handling and welfare during the slaughter process is limited. An open educational resource about slaughter, called “Animal welfare at slaughter and killing” has been openly available on the Internet since 2012. The resource includes learning objectives, 650 webpages, 800 illustrations, 150 video clips, self-tests with feedback and a series of take-home messages. The resource is designed to not only be relevant to the primary target group, i.e., the abattoir staff, but also to anyone with an interest in the topic. A study was conducted to evaluate the use and impact of this educational resource with participants from slaughterhouses, universities, authorities and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Focus group sessions were video recorded and analysed using an interpretive thematic analysis. Improved knowledge among consumers may lead to more well-founded decisions at purchase of meat and improved awareness among citizens to increase public pressure to improve animal handling at slaughter.