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Please note that the articles below do not reflect opinions of TAWC. Although we aim to provide comprehensive coverage, there are likely articles that we’ve missed.

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News 28 October - 10 November 2021

Cattle in beef & dairy production
  • What effect does early social contact have on dairy calves’ welfare? (The Cattle Site O/S)
  • B.C. farm responds to animal cruelty allegations as hidden camera video emerges (CTV News O/S)
  • Abbotsford (Canada) dairy farm has licence suspended amid allegations of animal abuse (Maple Ridge News O/S)
Pigs in pork production
  • Pork opens all its doors, from piggery to plant to plate (The Land)
  • Virtual tour of the Australian pork supply chain (Australian Pork Ltd)
  • 3D cameras could boost pig health and welfare, study says (Farming UK O/S)
Poultry in meat & egg production
  • Australia was planning to phase out caged eggs by 2036, but one state is threatening to derail that (ABC)
  • Food giants call on UK government to ban cages for layers (Farming UK O/S)
  • Moving away from skip-day feeding in broiler breeders (Poultry World O/S)
  • Dutch farmers told to keep poultry indoors to limit spread of bird flu (The Poultry Site O/S)
  • CP Foods to increase cage-free eggs 30 percent annually (Watt Poultry O/S)
  • UK poultry producers helping to end greenwashing (Watt Poultry O/S)
  • Robotics can streamline breeder, cage-free layer management (Watt Poultry O/S)
  • 3 innovations that could fix poultry welfare challenges (Watt Poultry O/S)
  • Taiwan mandates conventional cage systems label on eggs (Poultry World O/S)
Sheep in meat & wool production
  • Italian and Australian wool trades unite on sheep welfare (Sheep Central)
  • New AWI flystrike spend welcomed by HSI and RSPCA (Sheep Central)
Animals in transit & at slaughter
  • On the kill floor: Shocking Indonesian footage sparks new live exports probe (SMH)
  • AVMA Urged to Revise Guidelines to Prevent Mass Killing of Farm Animals by Heat Stroke (Animal Welfare Institute O/S)
  • ‘Babe’ Star James Cromwell Speaks Out Against Sending Irish Pigs to China (Peta O/S)
Animals in aquaculture
Animals in research & teaching
  • Qualitative social science and the "Culture of Care" in animal research - Dr. Beth Greenhough,  Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare (Uni Guelph)
Animals in racing, sports & work
  • Is the Melbourne Cup still the race that stops the nation – or are we saying #nuptothecup? (The Conversation)
  • Melbourne Cup 2021: is a new welfare campaign just good PR or will it protect horses? (The Guardian)
  • Melbourne Cup: the race that … warrants some uncomfortable ethical arithmetic (The Guardian)
  • Does whipping hurt race horses? (The Age)
Animals in zoos, aquaria & the wild
  • Expedia to stop selling holidays that include captive dolphin shows (The Guardian O/S)
  • NSW government under pressure over kangaroo culling as leaked documents reveal questions over the program's sustainability (ABC)
  • Australia: they plan to cull 10,000 wild horses but scientists say it will not be enough (OI Canadian O/S)
  • Experts call for urgent roo management reforms (Eureka)
  • In defense of zoos and aquariums – opinion (The Campus O/S)
Pets & companion animals
  • “Whose opinion matters?”: Conference to navigate the horse-human partnership (Horsetalk NZ O/S)
  • 250,000 cats have no owners in UK urban areas – but there are ways we can help (The Conversation O/S)
  • Home Alone: The Fate of Postpandemic Dogs – opinion (Scientific American O/S)
  • Breeding For Extreme Conformations - European Federation of Companion Animal Veterinary Associations (FECAVA)
  • Priorities, clear communication and consensus key to better equine welfare (Horse and Hound O/S)
Podcasts & presentations
  • New laws in NY meant to crack down on animal cruelty approved (Spectrum O/S)
  • EU agriculture MEPs call for a scientifically-sound update of animal welfare rules (The Pig Site O/S)
  • Greece votes against ritual slaughter, following EU decision (i24 News O/S)
  • From the farmer’s mouth: Animal welfare demands cause for concern on the land (Food Navigator O/S)
  • Animals farmed: meat taxes, death in farming and anti-climate lobbying (The Guardian O/S)
  • Majority of Top US Fast-Food Chains Failing to Innovate their Menus for Animal Welfare, Climate, Health, New Scorecard Shows (CISION O/S)
  • The Meat Paradox: We Like Animals, So Why Do We Keep Eating Them? (Technology Networks O/S)
  • Vegan and vegetarian meat substitutes could pose health risks, researchers warn (ABC)
  • Animal Behavior & Cognition Vol 8, Issue 4, Nov 2021 (Animal Behavior & Cognition)
  • ISAE Papers by members (ISAE)
  • Brouwers, S., & Duchateau, M. J. (2021). Feasibility and validity of the Animal Welfare Assessment Grid to monitor the welfare of zoo-housed gorillas Gorilla gorilla gorilla. Journal of Zoo and Aquarium Research, 9(4), 208–217. https://doi.org/10.19227/jzar.v9i4.607
  • Clegg, I. L. (2021). What Does the Future Hold for the Public Display of Cetaceans?, Journal of Applied Animal Ethics Research (published online ahead of print 2021). doi: https://doi.org/10.1163/25889567-bja10023
  • Glanville Carmen, Ford Jennifer, Cook Rebecca, Coleman Grahame J. Community Attitudes Reflect Reporting Rates and Prevalence of Animal Mistreatment. Frontiers in Veterinary Science, 8, 2021, 1140. https://www.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fvets.2021.666727
  • Gradidge, S., Zawisza, M., Harvey, A. J., & McDermott, D. T. (2021). A Structured Literature Review of the Meat Paradox. Social Psychological Bulletin, 16(3), 1-26. https://doi.org/10.32872/spb.5953
  • Kalies, A.; Baumgartner, J.; Beyerbach, M.; Stanojlovic, M.; Scholz, T.; Richter, F.; von Altrock, A.; Hennig-Pauka, I. Interactive Rooting Towers and Behavioural Observations as Strategies to Reduce Tail Biting on Conventional Pig Fattening Farms. Animals 2021, 11, 3025. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani11113025
  • Klahn, J.A., Zahorsky-Reeves, J. Improved animal welfare is elementary. Lab Anim 50, 299 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41684-021-00869-x
  • K. L. Krugmann, F.J. Mieloch, J. Krieter & I. Czycholl (2021) Can Tail and Ear Postures Be Suitable to Capture the Affective State of Growing Pigs?, Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 24:4, 411-423, https://doi.org/10.1080/10888705.2020.1846535
  • Learmonth, M. J., Chiew, S. J., Godinez, A., & Fernandez, E. J. (2021). Animal-visitor interactions and the visitor experience: Visitor behaviors, attitudes, perceptions, and learning in the modern zoo. Animal Behavior and Cognition, 8(4), 632-649.  https://www.animalbehaviorandcognition.org/article.php?id=1296
  • MacLellan, A., Fureix, C., Polanco, A., & Mason, G. (2021). Can animals develop depression? An overview and assessment of ‘depression-like’ states, Behaviour (published online ahead of print 2021). doi: https://doi.org/10.1163/1568539X-bja10132
  • Monreal-Pawlowsky, T., Vaicekauskaitė , R., Palencia Membrive, G., Delfour, F., & Manteca, X. (2021). Goal-oriented behavioural and environmental enrichment in aquarium species. Journal of Zoo and Aquarium Research, 9(4), 273–280. https://doi.org/10.19227/jzar.v9i4.588
  • Nielsen, S.S.; Houe, H.; Denwood, M.; Nielsen, L.R.; Forkman, B.; Otten, N.D.; Agger, J.F. Application of Methods to Assess Animal Welfare and Suffering Caused by Infectious Diseases in Cattle and Swine Populations. Animals 2021, 11, 3017. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani11113017
  • Pollock, D.S.; Janz, D.M.; Moya, D.; Seddon, Y.M. Effects of Wash Protocol and Contamination Level on Concentrations of Cortisol and Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) in Swine Hair. Animals 2021, 11, 3104. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani11113104
  • Ramont, M., Leahy, M., & Cronin, K. A. (2021). The welfare of domestic goats (Capra hircus) in a zoo-based animal-visitor interaction program. Animal Behavior and Cognition, 8(4), 493-506. https://www.animalbehaviorandcognition.org/article.php?id=1287 
  • Gabriela de A. P. Ramos, Cristiano S. de Azevedo, Talys H. A. Jardim & Aline C. Sant’Anna (2021) Temperament in Captivity, Environmental Enrichment, Flight Ability, and Response to Humans in an Endangered Parrot Species, Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 24:4, 379-391, https://doi.org/10.1080/10888705.2020.1765367
  • Razal, C., & Miller, L. (2021). The effect of different types of environmental enrichment on Humboldt penguin Spheniscus humboldti behaviour. Journal of Zoo and Aquarium Research, 9(4), 281–286. https://doi.org/10.19227/jzar.v9i4.411
  • Schwarzer, A.; Plattner, C.; Bergmann, S.; Rauch, E.; Erhard, M.; Reese, S.; Louton, H. Feather Pecking in Non-Beak-Trimmed and Beak-Trimmed Laying Hens on Commercial Farms with Aviaries. Animals 2021, 11, 3085. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani11113085
  • Whittaker, A.L.; Golder-Dewar, B.; Triggs, J.L.; Sherwen, S.L.; McLelland, D.J. Identification of Animal-Based Welfare Indicators in Captive Reptiles: A Delphi Consultation Survey. Animals 2021, 11, 2010. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani11072010

Conferences, Seminars & Events

  • REGISTRATION OPEN – Animal Welfare Horizons 2021 (virtual event), 29th November, 9.00am AEST. Register here or visit TAWC Webpage for more details.
  • REGISTRATION OPEN – The National Primary Industries Animal Welfare Strategy – Research Snapshots,  November 30th, 11.00am AEDST – Register here or visit NAWRDES Project Snapshots page for more details
  • World Horse Welfare Conference 2021 11 November 8.45pm AEDST (Register)
  • Human-animal interaction before and since Covid-19: lessons & priorities 12 Nov 1 – 3 am AEST (Univ of York)
  • Australasian Pig Science Association Conference. Brisbane, 15 – 18 November. (APSA)
  • Dairy Research Foundation 2021 Symposium. 9am to 12noon AEDST, 17 – 18 November. (Details) (Register)
  • TEAGASC Pig Tail Biting Workshop Nov 25th  1.00am AEST (TEAGASC)
  • Calf Alive Symposium. Fri, 26 Nov 2021 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM AEST. Hughenden, QLD  (Register)
  • ISAE Online Regional Meeting (Africa/Australasia) 1 – 2 December. (Details)
  • World Aquaculture 2020, 5 – 8 December, Singapore (Details)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • The 55th Congress of the International Society of Applied Ethology, 4 – 8 Sept 2022. N Macedonia. (ISAE)


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