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Swedish Trotting Horse Trainers' Perceptions of Animal Welfare Inspections from Public and Private Actors

Lundmark Hedman, Frida and Ewerlof, Ivana Rodriguez and Frössling, Jenny and Frossling, Jenny and Berg, Lotta (2022). Swedish Trotting Horse Trainers' Perceptions of Animal Welfare Inspections from Public and Private Actors. Animals. 12 :11 , 1441
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Simple Summary Harness racing is the most common form of horse racing in Sweden. As public awareness of animal welfare is increasing, the welfare of these horses must be ensured. Trotting horse trainers in Sweden undergo an official animal welfare inspection by the County Administrative Board (CAB) and a private inspection by their own association, the Swedish Trotting Association (STA). This study investigated trainers' perceptions of these different inspections using a digital questionnaire sent out during spring 2021. Of the 396 responding trainers, a majority reported quite positive experiences of both CAB and STA inspections. However, most perceived the STA inspections to be more valuable and the STA inspectors to be more competent than the CAB inspectors. Overall, the competence and manner of the inspector had a stronger association with trainers' perceptions of an inspection than the results of the inspection. While trainers were generally satisfied with the control system, they would like better coordination between the different inspections. In Sweden, the County Administrative Board (CAB) and Swedish Trotting Association (STA) both perform animal welfare inspections of the premises of trotting horse trainers. The CAB inspection checks for compliance with the legislation, and the STA inspection checks for compliance with the private 'Trotter Health Standard', which mainly sets the same requirements as the legislation. This study investigated the views of trainers on these inspections both as separate events and in relation to each other. A digital questionnaire was sent out to trotting horse trainers in Sweden during spring 2021, and 396 trainers responded. Descriptive and statistical analyses were used to evaluate the responses. In general, the trainers reported positive experiences of both the CAB and STA inspections, but they had consistently more positive views about the private STA inspections than the official CAB inspections. The outcome of the inspections, i.e., non-compliance or not, did not affect trainers' perceptions of the inspections, but inspectors' knowledge, manner, and responsiveness had a strong effect. The trainers were generally satisfied with the current control system but would like better coordination between the different inspections.

Authors/Creators:Lundmark Hedman, Frida and Ewerlof, Ivana Rodriguez and Frössling, Jenny and Frossling, Jenny and Berg, Lotta
Title:Swedish Trotting Horse Trainers' Perceptions of Animal Welfare Inspections from Public and Private Actors
Series Name/Journal:Animals
Year of publishing :2022
Volume:12
Number:11
Article number:1441
Number of Pages:18
Publisher:MDPI
ISSN:2076-2615
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 403 Veterinary Science > Other Veterinary Science
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 402 Animal and Dairy Science > Animal and Dairy Science.
Keywords:compliance, control, experience, legislation, private standards
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-117566
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-117566
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Type of IDID
DOI10.3390/ani12111441
Web of Science (WoS)000808612100001
ID Code:28645
Faculty:VH - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science
Department:(VH) > Dept. of Animal Environment and Health
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:30 Aug 2022 12:25
Metadata Last Modified:30 Aug 2022 12:31

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