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“Welfarist” Approach Works

Welfarists and Abolitionist supporters have long argued as to which approach is more effective in encouraging people to reduce their meat consumption, and ideally transition to a plant-based diet. The answer might have just arrived: two agricultural economists from prominent American universities have published the results of the first known study of the effects of “welfarist” reforms on consumer demand for meat. The findings are clear and unequivocal: “As a whole, media attention to animal welfare has significant, negative effects on U.S. meat demand.” It causes the public to buy and eat less meat.

To read the full article please search online for Norm Phelps: Science Weighs In at Last: Campaigns for "Welfarist" Reforms Cause People to Buy Significantly Less Meat

While God's animal advocates seek ultimately to stop the exploitation of animals, welfarist campaigns seem to have more effect as far as meat consumption goes. Although reduction of meat products is not ideal, it definitely reduces significantly the suffering of God's farmed animals. As advocates for all of God's Creation, we should encourage and support any improvement in the lives of farmed animals.

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