December 2020

This list includes all studies we know of published in the respective month that are:

  • Empirical (original, meta-analysis, or review of empirical studies), and

  • about advocating for farmed animals (rather than, for example, the welfare of farmed animals themselves) or,

  • provide evidence from basic empirical research that may be of interest to farmed animal advocates.

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Diet change & Animal-free foods

Banovic, M., & Sveinsdóttir, K. (2021). Importance of being analogue: Female attitudes towards meat analogue containing rapeseed protein. Food Control, 123, 107833.

Danny, J., & Yoon, S. (2020). Guilt of the Meat‐Eating Consumer: When Animal Anthropomorphism leads to Healthy Meat Dish Choices. Journal of Consumer Psychology.

Grasso, S., & Jaworska, S. (2020). Part Meat and Part Plant: Are Hybrid Meat Products Fad or Future? Foods, 9(12), 1888.

Kopainsky, B., Frehner, A., & Müller, A. (2020). Sustainable and healthy diets: Synergies and trade‐offs in Switzerland. Systems Research and Behavioral Science.

Lacroix, Karine, and Robert Gifford. 2020. “Targeting Interventions to Distinct Meat-Eating Groups Reduces Meat Consumption.” Food Quality and Preference 86 (December): 103997.

Onwezen, M. C., Bouwman, E. P., Reinders, M. J., & Dagevos, H. (2021). A systematic review on consumer acceptance of alternative proteins: Pulses, algae, insects, plant-based meat alternatives, and cultured meat. Appetite, 159, 105058.

Paslakis, Georgios, Candice Richardson, Mariel Nöhre, Elmar Brähler, Christina Holzapfel, Anja Hilbert, and Martina de Zwaan. 2020. “Prevalence and Psychopathology of Vegetarians and Vegans – Results from a Representative Survey in Germany.” Scientific Reports 10 (1): 6840.

Profeta, A.; Baune, M.; Smetana, S.; Broucke, K.; Van Royen, G.; Weiß, J.; Heinz, V.; Terjung, N. Consumer Preferences for Meathybrids - Empirical findings from Belgium. Preprints 2020, 2020120325 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202012.0325.v1).

Social change

Almeida, A., & García Fernández, B. (2020). Attitudes towards animal welfare in Portuguese students from the 6th and the 9th year of schooling: implications for environmental education. Environmental Education Research, 1–25.

Hartman, T. K., Marshall, M., Stocks, T. V. A., McKay, R., Bennett, K. M., Professor, Butter, S., … Bentall, R. (2020, December 18). Different conspiracy theories have different psychological and social determinants: Comparison of three theories about the origins of the COVID-19 virus in a representative sample of the UK population.

Animal welfare campaigns

Cerqueira, M. & Billington, T. (2020). Fish Welfare Improvements in Aquaculture. Version 1, November 2020. By Fish Welfare Initiative.

Cerqueira, M., King-Nobles, H., Kirsch, J.-J. & Raghavan, K. (2020). Fish Welfare Scoping Report: India. By Fish Welfare Initiative.

Gibson, I., Yip Fai, T. & Cerqueira, M. (2020). Fish Welfare Scoping Report: China. Fish Welfare Initiative.

Kirsch, J.-J. & Cerqueira, M. (2020). Aquaculture in Asian Countries. By Fish Welfare Initiative.

Wagas, E.C., King-Nobles, H. & Cerqueira, M. (2020). Fish Welfare Scoping Report: The Philippines. By Fish Welfare Initiative.


Rault, J.-L., Hintze, S., Camerlink, I., & Yee, J. R. (2020). Positive Welfare and the Like: Distinct Views and a Proposed Framework. Frontiers in Veterinary Science, 7.


Thanks to suggestions by the RECAP group, the Fish Advocacy Slack group, the research library of Faunalytics, and suggestions by ACE staff. I also did a search on Google Scholar using the search terms intext:(“meat” AND “consumer behavior”); intext:(“meat” AND “attitudes”); and intext:(“meat” AND “preferences”); after:2020-11-30. (To be improved!)