Thesis subject

Animal well-being and the future of industrial meat Production

Well-being of animals is becoming increasingly recognized as a pressing ethical issue in societies that rely on industrial food production. However, responses to this issue vary widely: they can include more robust animal breeds or smartly designed cages but also development of meat substitutes or the promotion of plant-based diets. This thesis will explore WUR as a laboratory for answers to the challenge of animal well-being. Next to a survey of WUR research that addresses animal well-being, the thesis will analyze whether different research projects are complimentary or whether they lead to competing visions of the future of meat production.