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The impact of cultural, ethical, industry and scientific discourses on public attitudes and law reform regarding livestock welfare.

Livestock welfare is a contested multifaceted issue within Australia; current regulations and practices are under pressure due to variance across states, the growth in animal law, the growing body of scientific research confirming animals as sentient, the work of animal welfare advocates, and changes in consumer demand. This research examines the discursive framing of the livestock welfare debate within Australia, specifically examining the impact of cultural, ethical, industry and scientific discourses on public attitudes and law reform. The research advances understanding of the ways in which citizens' views gain traction in the public sphere, and the relationships between public attitudes and a) law reform and b) policy outcomes.


Researchers

Dr Debbie Rodan
Dr Jane Mummery (Federation University, Ballarat)

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