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A multidimensional measure of animal ethics orientation: Developed and applied to a representative sample of the Danish public

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A multidimensional measure of animal ethics orientation : Developed and applied to a representative sample of the Danish public. / Lund, Thomas Bøker; Kondrup, Sara Vincentzen; Sandøe, Peter.

In: PlosOne, Vol. 14, No. 2, e0211656, 07.02.2019.

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Lund, TB, Kondrup, SV & Sandøe, P 2019, 'A multidimensional measure of animal ethics orientation: Developed and applied to a representative sample of the Danish public', PlosOne, vol. 14, no. 2, e0211656. https://doi.org/10.1371/ journal.pone.0211656

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Lund, T. B., Kondrup, S. V., & Sandøe, P. (2019). A multidimensional measure of animal ethics orientation: Developed and applied to a representative sample of the Danish public. PlosOne, 14(2), [e0211656]. https://doi.org/10.1371/ journal.pone.0211656

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Lund TB, Kondrup SV, Sandøe P. A multidimensional measure of animal ethics orientation: Developed and applied to a representative sample of the Danish public. PlosOne. 2019 Feb 7;14(2). e0211656. https://doi.org/10.1371/ journal.pone.0211656

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Lund, Thomas Bøker ; Kondrup, Sara Vincentzen ; Sandøe, Peter. / A multidimensional measure of animal ethics orientation : Developed and applied to a representative sample of the Danish public. In: PlosOne. 2019 ; Vol. 14, No. 2.

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