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A selection of relevant animal welfare news from around the world

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News 4 – 17 February 2021


  • UK food retailer Waitrose unveils new mobile animal welfare app (The Pig Site O/S) and Waitrose
  • Once we have lab-grown meat, will we still need animal advocacy? (Fast Company O/S)
  • Tactics used by animal activists threaten livestock operations (AgriNews O/S)
  • World must switch to plant-based diets to halt biodiversity crisis, say experts (Independent O/S)
  • The perils of intensive farming (Engineering and Technology O/S)

Cattle in beef & dairy production

  • Arla looks to create ‘happy cow measure’ for dairy herds (Farming UK O/S)
  • ADHB cattle handling webinar with Temple Grandin (ADHB O/S)
  • Farmer wellbeing linked to cow health (Farms.com O/S)
  • Outlook on the Vegan Cheese Industry in North America to 2026 – Key Drivers and Restraints (Yahoo O/S)

Pigs in pork production

  • The long road toward loose housing of lactating sows (Pig Progress O/S)
  • Pigs can play videogames, scientists discover (The Conversation O/S)
  • Mass depopulation on pig farms, what does science say? (Pig Progress O/S)
  • Charges dropped against animal rights activist who secretly filmed Iowa pigs being killed (Aberdeen News US O/S)

Poultry in meat & egg production

  • New study finds cage-free egg-laying hen mortality declines over time (Eureka Alert O/S)
  • The Ugly Secrets Behind the Costco Chicken (New York Times O/S)

Sheep in meat & wool production

  • Taking Stock: Wool industry focused on contentious issue (The Land)
  • Wool brokers oppose Victorian dingo re-introduction proposal (Sheep Central)

Animals in transit & at slaughter

  • Netanyahu appeals to European leaders not to outlaw kosher slaughter (Jerusalem Post O/S)

Animals in aquaculture

  • America’s largest animal welfare organisation launches aquaculture standards (The Fish Site O/S)
  • £3.3bn: the ‘hidden’ cost of salmon farming in Scotland (The Ferret O/S)
  • Stepping up aquatic animal welfare (The Fish Site O/S)
  • Fish welfare: Transparency in salmon farming “extremely weak” and legislation needed, report flags (Food Ingredients 1st O/S)
  • Vegan Charity Exposes Welfare Issues And ‘Severe Overcrowding’ On UK Trout Farms In Investigation (Plant Based News O/S)
  • Fish Without the Catch: Seafood Alternatives Are on the Rise (Sentient Media O/S)

Animals in research & teaching

  • Understanding Animal Research is a  UK not-for-profit organisation that explains why animals are used in medical and scientific research. Funded by universities, professional societies, industry and charities.
  • AgriThinking: Navigating the maze of laws on animal welfare in agribusiness research (Lexology)
  • Surrogacy method to aid welfare in poultry research (The Poultry Site O/S)
  • Stem cell study could curb need for animal tissue (The Pig Site O/S)

Animals in racing & sports

  • New whip rules to be trialled this weekend (JustHorseRacing)
  • NSW greyhound racing stronger than ever after animal welfare wakeup call (News.com.au)

Animals in zoos, aquaria & the wild

  • Human noise affects animal behaviour, studies show (The Guardian O/S)
  • Zoos struggling in pandemic as group says government hasn’t done enough (BBC O/S)
  • Sheep farmers attack new attempt to reintroduce lynx (Farming UK O/S)
  • Scientists Find a Simple Way to Make Your Cat Hunt Less Wildlife – Change Its Diet (Science Alert O/S)
  • Feral camels rounded up in Australian outback and sold online for weed control (The Guardian)

Pets & companion animals

Podcasts & presentations

  • ADHB cattle handling webinar with Temple Grandin (ADHB O/S)
  • Presenting climate science to Australia’s Zoos – Some welfare content. (Vets for Climate Action)
  • Thinking and communicating about farm animal welfare: “de-polarizing” stakeholder views and why this matters, by Dr. Beth Ventura, University of Minnesota. Wednesday, February 24th, 2021 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM Eastern Time Zone Canada. (University of Guelph)
  • The future of food: An AgCatalyst virtual event. 25 Feb 2pm AEDST (CSIRO)
  • Eurogroup for Animals podcast episode: Launch of the World Federation for Animals (EuroGroup for Animals O/S)


  • Scottish Animal Welfare Commission: statement on animal sentience (Scottish Govt O/S)
  • Heat Stress A Priority During Busy Year For Animal Welfare Work (Scoop NZ O/S)
  • Victorian Government accused of being too slow to adopt measures to keep activists off farms (ABC)
  • PAN wants Animal welfare to be taught in schools (Portugal NewsOnline O/S)
  • RSPCA UK Thrilled as Animal Welfare Bill Moves to Next Stage (Everything Horse UK O/S)


Conferences, Seminars & Events

  • RSPCA Animal Welfare Seminar 2021. 18/19 Feb on-line. –  FELINE FUTURES: Exploring Humane Domestic Cat Management in Australia. Feline Futures
  • DIARY HOLD – The National Primary Industries Animal Welfare Strategy 11th Annual Forum, December 2nd – Details to be announced. Express interest on NAWRDES Webpage
  • “Animals as Legal Beings” Webinar to Feature Law Professor Maneesha Deckha. Feb. 19 1pm US EST. Animals as legal beings Webinar
  • US Dairy Calf and Heifer Association webinar-Consumer Perceptions and Animal Welfare Considerations.  Mar 9, 2021 01:00 PM Central time US/Canada. (DCHA)
  • Universities Federation for Animal Welfare. Recent advances in animal welfare science VIII. 29-30 June. (UFAW)
  • 8th International Conference on The Assessment of Animal Welfare at Farm and Group Level. 16-19 August – Virtual Conference. (WAFL)
  • LIVEXchange, Nov 10 – 11. Darwin. (LIVEXchange)

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