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Meat Consumers’ Opinion Regarding Unhealthy Pigs: Should They Be Treated with Antibiotics or Euthanized on Farm?

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Instituto de Ciencias Agroalimentarias, Animales y Ambientales (ICA3), Universidad de O’Higgins, San Fernando 3070000, Chile
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Animal Welfare Program, IRTA, Monells, 17121 Girona, Spain
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Departamento de Ciencias Animales, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Vicuña Mackenna 4860, Macul, Santiago 7820436, Chile
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Bristol Veterinary School, University of Bristol, Langford, Bristol BS40 5DU, UK
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Sustainable Agriculture Sciences Department, Rothamsted Research, North Wyke, Okehampton EX20 2SB, UK
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Laboratório de Etologia Aplicada e Bem-Estar Animal, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Rod. Admar Gonzaga 1346, Itacorubi, Florianópolis 88034-001, Brazil
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Antibiotics 2021, 10(1), 60; https://doi.org/10.3390/antibiotics10010060
Received: 2 December 2020 / Revised: 4 January 2021 / Accepted: 5 January 2021 / Published: 9 January 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Usage of Antibiotic in Agriculture and Animal Farming)
The aim of this study was to investigate the opinions of meat consumers (n = 1780) on on-farm management of unhealthy pigs, whether support for treatment with antibiotics varies according with chance of recovery, and the effect of knowledge on the use of antibiotics on these opinions. Most participants believed that the use of antibiotics was the best solution for unhealthy pigs, and this was associated with a low level of knowledge about antibiotics. Increasing the probability of recovery after treatment increased support for treating pigs with antibiotics. However, the majority of participants rejected the consumption of meat from animals housed in “hospital pens”. After price, concern with food safety was the second main factor that influenced participants’ choice when buying meat. Support for the use of antibiotics to deal with unhealthy pigs in “hospital pens”, as well as for consumption of the meat from these animals, was higher among participants involved in agriculture. This shows that consumers are unaware of the potential negative repercussions for animal welfare associated with banning or reducing the use of antibiotics in livestock production, which is an important concern for the industry. View Full-Text
Keywords: consumer; perception; antibiotic; opinion; pig; welfare; euthanasia consumer; perception; antibiotic; opinion; pig; welfare; euthanasia
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Lemos Teixeira, D.; Enriquez-Hidalgo, D.; Estay Espinoza, T.; Bas, F.; Hötzel, M.J. Meat Consumers’ Opinion Regarding Unhealthy Pigs: Should They Be Treated with Antibiotics or Euthanized on Farm? Antibiotics 2021, 10, 60. https://doi.org/10.3390/antibiotics10010060

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Lemos Teixeira D, Enriquez-Hidalgo D, Estay Espinoza T, Bas F, Hötzel MJ. Meat Consumers’ Opinion Regarding Unhealthy Pigs: Should They Be Treated with Antibiotics or Euthanized on Farm? Antibiotics. 2021; 10(1):60. https://doi.org/10.3390/antibiotics10010060

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Lemos Teixeira, Dayane; Enriquez-Hidalgo, Daniel; Estay Espinoza, Tamara; Bas, Fernando; Hötzel, Maria J. 2021. "Meat Consumers’ Opinion Regarding Unhealthy Pigs: Should They Be Treated with Antibiotics or Euthanized on Farm?" Antibiotics 10, no. 1: 60. https://doi.org/10.3390/antibiotics10010060

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