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Open Knowledge about Slaughter on the Internet-A Case Study on Controversies.

Journal article
Authors Anne Algers
Charlotte Berg
Published in Animals : an open access journal from MDPI
Volume 7
Issue 12
Pages 1-11
ISSN 2076-2615
Publication year 2017
Published at Department of Education, Communication and Learning
Pages 1-11
Language en
Keywords animal welfare resilience; focus group; inclusiveness; learning; open educational resource; slaughter
Subject categories Veterinary Science, Educational Sciences


Knowledge about slaughter of animals for human food is often perceived as controversial and therefore not made widely available. An open educational resource on the Internet about the slaughter of animals has created tension at launch but also resolved tension. Aiming to explore how this resource at the boundary between academia and society is perceived, a study was carried out with participants from slaughterhouses, universities, authorities and NGOs. Focus group sessions were video recorded and transcripts were coded using an interpretive thematic analysis. The results show that an open educational resource in addition to contributing to learning and awareness raising can also induce dialogue (and thus resolve tension) about animal welfare and contribute to animal welfare resilience. Our results also indicate that participants had diverse opinions about the influence of multimedia on attitudes towards animal slaughter. The use of additional instruments such as comment fields may lead to more knowledgeable citizens and socially robust knowledge, but has to be carefully weighed against the risk of false or fake data.

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