October 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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Please send any suggestions for this list to manja.gartner@animalcharityevaluators.org.

Animal-free foods

Van Loo, E. J., Caputo, V., & Lusk, J. L. (2020). Consumer preferences for farm-raised meat, lab-grown meat, and plant-based meat alternatives: Does information or brand matter? Food Policy, 95, 101931. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodpol.2020.101931, Faunalytics Summary

Diet change

Beggs, T. & Anderson, J. (2020). A Farm Sanctuary Tour’s Effects On Intentions And Diet Change. Faunalytics Original Research

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. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-63910-y.

Rosenfeld, D. L., Rothgerber, H., & Tomiyama, A. J. (2019). Mostly Vegetarian, But Flexible About It: Investigating How Meat-Reducers Express Social Identity Around Their Diets. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 11(3), 406–415. https://doi.org/10.1177/1948550619869619

Switch4Good (2020). A Scientific Report on Cow’s Milk, Health, and Athletic Performance. Link to study

Tosun, P., Yanar, M., Sezgin, S., & Uray, N. (2020). Meat Substitutes in Sustainability Context: A Content Analysis of Consumer Attitudes. Journal of International Food & Agribusiness Marketing, 1–23. https://doi.org/10.1080/08974438.2020.1840475

Wolf, Christopher A., Trey Malone, and Brandon R. McFadden. 2020. “Beverage Milk Consumption Patterns in the United States: Who Is Substituting from Dairy to Plant-Based Beverages?” Journal of Dairy Science, October. https://doi.org/10.3168/jds.2020-18741

Wolstenholme, Emily, Wouter Poortinga, and Lorraine Whitmarsh. 2020. “Two Birds, One Stone: The Effectiveness of Health and Environmental Messages to Reduce Meat Consumption and Encourage Pro-Environmental Behavioral Spillover.” Frontiers in Psychology 11 (October): 577111. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.577111

Social change

Caviola, L., Kahane, G., Everett, J. A. C., Teperman, E., Savulescu, J., & Faber, N. S. (2020). Utilitarianism for animals, Kantianism for people? Harming animals and humans for the greater good. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. https://doi.org/10.1037/xge0000988

Choubak, M. & Safdar, S. (2020). The elephant in the room: The often neglected relevance of speciesism in bias towards ethnic minorities and immigrants. In S. Safdar, C. Kwantes, & W. Friedlmeier (Eds.), Wiser world with multiculturalism: Proceedings from the 24th Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology. https://scholarworks.gvsu.edu/iaccp_papers/278, Faunalytics Summary

Espinosa, R. & Treich, N. (2020). Animal welfare: antispeciesism, veganism and a “life worth living”. Soc Choice Welf. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00355-020-01287-7

Animal welfare campaigns

Balcombe, K., Bradley, D., & Fraser, I. (2020). Do Consumers Really Care? An Economic Analysis of Consumer Attitudes Towards Food Produced Using Prohibited Production Methods. Journal of Agricultural Economics. https://doi.org/10.1111/1477-9552.12410

Espinosa, R., & Treich, N. (2020). Moderate Versus Radical NGOs †. American Journal of Agricultural Economics. https://doi.org/10.1111/ajae.12156



Thanks to suggestions by the RECAP 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:2020-9-30. (To be improved!)