Attitudes of Eastern European consumers towards surgical castration and immunocastration of piglets

Igor Tomasevic (University of Belgrade, Faculty of Agriculture, Belgrade, Serbia) et al., 65th International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (ICOMST), 4-9 août 2019, Potsdam/Berlin, Allemagne, p. 12-13, poster

Castration of male piglets is a common practice in pig husbandry performed to avoid boar taint, an offensive odour connected mainly with the presence of skatole and androstenone (Claus, Weiler, & Herzog, 1994) that can be perceived during the cooking and/or heating of pork from uncastrated male pigs. Taking into account relatively high animal welfare standards and discrepancy in public interest in farm animal welfare and ethical issues across European countries, generalisation of findings from Western European consumer studies to Eastern European countries would be quite questionable.

Evenmore so because a general insight into Eastern European meat consumers’ perceptions and behaviour is largely unavailable (Font-i-Furnols & Guerrero, 2014), except for a few studies published recently (Tomasevic et al., 2018). The aim of this research was to investigate the attitudes of Eastern European consumers regarding surgical and immuno-castration.