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News 27 January - 9 February 2022

  • Monitoring consumer attitudes to welfare is crucial – AHDB (The Cattle Site O/S)
  • MLA and AWI split on lamb pain relief drug scheduling (Sheep Central)
  • Enforcement of welfare law delayed by California court (The Cattle Site O/S)
  • Higher welfare systems needed to end routine use of antibiotics in animal production (Food Navigator O/S)
Cattle in beef & dairy production
  • Measuring animal emotions – and why it matters (Dairy Global O/S)
Pigs in pork production
  • New pig welfare training platform launches in March (Pig World O/S)
  • Pig producers given three months to complete welfare course (Farmers Weekly O/S)
Poultry in meat & egg production
  • Israeli firm develops hens which only lay female eggs (i24 news O/S)
  • GAP releases initial list of eligible broiler chicken breeds for animal welfare certification (Global Animal Partnership O/S)
  • Study examines stunning methods and wing damage (Watt Poultry O/S)
  • Pressure on restaurants falling behind cage-free egg trend (Poultry World O/S)
  • Research project aims to improve poultry welfare without antibiotic reliance (Agriland O/S)
  • Poultry welfare is simply good business (Watt Poultry O/S)
Sheep in meat & wool production
  • WA wool industry fears shearer exodus following NZ border opening (ABC)
  • Shearer shortages hurt wool industry, risks sheep welfare (Financial Review)
  • Lifting certified non-mulesed wool kgs is a way forward (Sheep Central)
Animals in transit & at slaughter
  • France’s first mobile abattoir means ‘less stress for animals (Connexion O/S)
  • European Rule On Live Animal Transport Are Stuck On The Road (Forbes O/S)
  • British farmers call for summit on worsening pig-cull crisis (The Guardian O/S)
  • China bans meat from tenth Australian abattoir in response to media reports, says analyst (ABC)
Animals in aquaculture and wild caught
  • Octopus Farming: Why It’s A Travesty For Animal Welfare And The Environment (Plant-based News O/S)
Animals in research & teaching
  • Parliamentary inquiry into the use of primates and other animals in medical research in NSW (Parliament NSW)
  • Openness Agreement on Animal Research in Australia (ANZCCART)
  • New testing methods can spare laboratory animals (Medical Xpress O/S)
Animals in racing, sports & work
  • Two more greyhounds killed in South Australia at Greyhound Racing South Australia events (Matilda Duncan)
Animals in zoos, aquaria & the wild
  • Greenland Must End Narwhal Hunt to Save Populations from Imminent Extinction (Animal Welfare Institute O/S)
  • In a World That Still Traps Animals, Can Science Limit Suffering? (Undark O/S)
Pets & companion animals
  • Australian Border Force (ABF) issues public warning after a spike in the detection of illegal pet collars (Daily Caller)
  • Too many pets kept alive when it’s not the kindest option, say vets (The Guardian O/S)
  • Norway Bans Breeding of English Bulldogs and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels Due to Health Issues (MSN O/S)
Podcasts & presentations


  • Animals farmed: Spain’s ‘poor quality’ meat, heat stress fears and billions of animals destined for landfill in the US (The Guardian O/S)
  • Billions of animals are slaughtered every year — just to be wasted (Vox O/S)
  • The big idea: should animals have the same rights as humans? (The Guardian O/S)
  • Boyle Laura A., Edwards Sandra A., Bolhuis J. Elizabeth, Pol Françoise, Šemrov Manja Zupan, Schütze Sabine, Nordgreen Janicke, Bozakova Nadya, Sossidou Evangelia N., Valros Anna. The Evidence for a Causal Link Between Disease and Damaging Behavior in Pigs. Frontiers in Veterinary Science, 8, 2022. www.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fvets.2021.771682
  • Creevy, K.E., Akey, J.M., Kaeberlein, M. et al. An open science study of ageing in companion dogs. Nature 602, 51–57 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-021-04282-9
  • Louton, H.; Bergmann, S.; Piller, A.; Erhard, M.; Stracke, J.; Spindler, B.; Schmidt, P.; Schulte-Landwehr, J.; Schwarzer, A. Automatic Scoring System for Monitoring Foot Pad Dermatitis in Broilers. Agriculture 2022, 12, 221. https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture12020221
  • Karen L. Luke, Tina McAdie, Bradley P. Smith, Amanda K. Warren-Smith. New insights into ridden horse behaviour, horse welfare and horse-related safety. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 246, 2022, 105539. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.applanim.2021.105539
  • Jörgensen, S.; Lindsjö, J.; Weber, E.M.; Röcklinsberg, H. Reviewing the Review: A Pilot Study of the Ethical Review Process of Animal Research in Sweden. Animals 2021, 11, 708. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani11030708
  • McDermott Paul, McKevitt Aideen, Hanlon Alison. On Farm Emergency Slaughter and Emergency Killing of Acutely Injured Cattle: Analysis of Guidelines from Five Jurisdictions. Frontiers in Veterinary Science, 8, 2022. https://www.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fvets.2021.795227
  • O’Malley, C.I.; Steibel, J.P.; Bates, R.O.; Ernst, C.W.; Siegford, J.M. The Social Life of Pigs: Changes in Affiliative and Agonistic Behaviors following Mixing. Animals 2022, 12, 206. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani12020206
  • Taylor, P.S.; Hemsworth, P.H.; Rault, J.-L. Environmental complexity: additional human visual contact reduced meat chickens’ fear of humans and physical items altered pecking behavior. Animals 2022, 12, 310. https://www.mdpi.com/2076-2615/12/3/310/pdf
  • Williams T. M., Costa D. F. A., Wilson C. S., Chang A., Manning J., Swain D., Trotter M. G. (2022) Sensor-based detection of parturition in beef cattle grazing in an extensive landscape: a case study using a commercial GNSS collar. Animal Production Science , https://doi.org/10.1071/AN21528
  • One Welfare in Practice: The Role of The Veterinarian. Ed Tanya Stephens. CRC press. Oct 2021. ISBN 9780367904067

Conferences, Seminars & Events

  • The Great Livestock Industry Day Out 11 Feb, Fremantle (WALRC)
  • RSPCA Australia Animal Welfare Seminar 2022 – Animal welfare in a changing climate 16 – 17 February 2022 (Details)
  • European Assn of Zoos and Aquaria first Animal Welfare Forum. 21 – 24 March 2022,The Netherlands. (EAZA)
  • 2nd Australian Biosecurity Symposium, Gold Coast, 3 – 5 May 2022. (Registration)
  • Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour – Workshop On Ethics Of Animal Behaviour And Welfare Research, online 21-22 June, UK daytime (ASAB)
  • UFAW International Conference, Edinburgh UK June 28-29 (Details)
  • HSA International Conference – Livestock Welfare during Transport, Marketing & Slaughter. 30 June – 1 July 2022. Edinburgh UK. Details
  • Australian Association of Animal Sciences Conference. 5 – 7 July 2022. (AAAS2022)
  • European Conference on Precision Livestock Farming & International Conference on Precision Dairy Farming, 29 Aug-2 Sept University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna (Vetmeduni)
  • The 55th Congress of the International Society of Applied Ethology, 4 – 8 Sept 2022. N Macedonia. (ISAE)
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