Scientists want to put cigarette-style warnings on meat to shame buyers

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We’re all used to seeing the gruesome images of black lungs and rotting teeth on packets of cigarettes, designed to put smokers off the unhealthy habit.

Now, scientists say that slapping similar stickers on packs of meat in supermarkets could help to shame buyers.

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The stickers could include sad images of animals, accompanied by messages such as: ‘Animals suffer when you eat meat.’ They could also include images of decimated forests with the words: ‘The Amazon rainforest is destroyed when you eat meat.’

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A study from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands found that consumers were less inclined to buy products featuring the labels.

‘Meat-shaming messages trigger shame but also other negative emotions that translate into reduced purchase intentions,’ the authors wrote.

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