As times change, consumers’ preferences change as well. In animal welfare, more people are focused on humane housing and sustainable farming.

Purdue University conducted a survey in 2014 asked people about practices of pork production, including; sow confinement, use of farrowing crates, tail docking, teeth clipping and ear notching.

The survey found that 14% of respondents said they decreased their pork intake in the past three years due to animal welfare concerns. Primary concerns were found among Democrats, women and younger people.

Unsurprisingly, less concern was voiced by consumers from the Midwest, living in rural areas and those with no information about animal welfare.

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