Journal article
Consumer acceptance of alternatives to piglet castration without anaesthesia



Publication Details
Authors:
Heid, A.; Hamm, U.
Publication year:
2009
Journal:
Fleischwirtschaft
Pages range:
93-98
Volume number:
89
Start page:
93
End page:
98
ISSN:
0015-363X

Abstract
Castration of male piglets is a standard procedure in most European countries in order to prevent boar taint. The castration is usually performed without analgesia or anaesthesia. However, there are increasing animal welfare concerns and castration of piglets without anaesthesia is likely to be banned in Europe. Therefore, alternatives to surgical castration without anaesthesia have to be found.
An important factor for the evaluation of different alternatives is the consumer acceptance of these alternatives. This paper reviews consumer studies concerning the alternatives to castration without anaesthesia. The main focus of the existing literature lies on consumer reactions to boar meat. There are only a few Studies analysing consumer acceptance of immunocastration, castration with anaesthesia and sexing of sperm. Concluding, the relevance of the previous findings for the meat industry is discussed and the need for action and further research is shown.

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