Title

Assessing Youth Perceptions and Knowledge of Ethics at 4-H Horse Shows in Louisiana

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2019

Abstract

© 2018, © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Due to the increased awareness of animal welfare issues and sensitized attitudes throughout society, youth animal projects provide a unique opportunity to assess and impact youth understanding and attitudes regarding animal welfare. Animal ethics training is not an uncommon requirement for participants in 4-H livestock programs. However, participants in 4-H horse projects are not universally held to the same standard. The purpose of this study was to assess youth knowledge, attitudes, and confidence in understanding of equine welfare at the 4-H state horse show, as well as to determine the beliefs and observations of unethical practices, and if differences exist between those parameters in youth competitors. The results suggest that 4-H competitors are interested in ethics and believe that unethical behavior rarely occurs within the state 4-H horse project. However, youth report observing common unethical behaviors at the show, suggesting a disconnect between what they believe is unethical and what they actually observe. Educational opportunities exist within these animal projects and should be enhanced to address the gap in understanding.

Publication Source (Journal or Book title)

Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science

First Page

377

Last Page

384

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