Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2012

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Sociology

Major

Sustainable Agriculture

First Advisor

Cornelia Flora

Abstract

How does training in animal science impact college student attitudes toward swine welfare? I devised an on-line survey of first year and senior students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to determine if year in school, major, and farm background was related to concerns about swine well-being. An index of concern was created and used to analyze the categorical swine welfare questions. Comparing animal science students entering and finishing at Iowa State University to the general population of College of Agriculture and Life Sciences students in the same years, I found that animal science majors were less concerned than all other College of Agriculture and Life Sciences majors about animal welfare (P <0.01). Gender and farm background were not related to concern for animal welfare.

Copyright Owner

Maureen K. Petersen

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

86 pages

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