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Farm Animal Welfare and Children

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A Preliminary Study Building an Attitude Scale and Evaluating an Intervention

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Children are future consumers; they will impact future animal welfare standards. This pilot study evaluated a nonhuman animal welfare education program, building a farm animal attitude questionnaire for 8- to 10-year-old children. The educational material focused on the behaviors and needs of cows, chickens, and pigs. Knowledge acquisition and attitude change were measured before and after the intervention for children in the intervention group and at a 2-week interval for children in the control group. Reliability of the attitude scale was measured by correlating the answers from the control group at two different time points. Eleven items were significantly correlated at the time points, indicating that those questions were reliably testing children’s views on these items. The educational intervention was successful in increasing children’s knowledge of farm animals and resulted in some changes in attitudes. The type of favorite animal reported shifted to more farm animals after the intervention.

Affiliations: 1: Escuela de Medicina Veterinaria, Facultad de Ecología y Recursos Naturales, Universidad Andrés Bello Santiago Chile ; 2: Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Morelos, Facultad de Ciencias Agropecuarias, Colonia Chamilpa Cuernavaca Mexico


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