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News 30 December 2021 - 12 January 2022

Cross-sectoral

  • Red Tractor digs into consumer perceptions of animal welfare: ‘The majority of shoppers don’t want to know too much’ (Food Navigator O/S)
  • Humane touch (Meat + Poultry O/S)
  • Gene edited sex selection may spare animal suffering (BBC O/S)
  • Help on the way for farmers devastated by fire that killed thousands of livestock in western Victoria (ABC)
  • USDA agrees to post slaughter animal records online (National Hog Farmer O/S)
  • Good news to start 2022: These new laws are now in place to protect animals (HSA O/S)

Cattle in beef & dairy production

Pigs in pork production

  • Study assesses cost effectiveness of tail-biting reduction methods (The Pig Site O/S)
  • Coalition seeks to block new farm animal welfare law (AgriNews O/S)
  • Editorial: Pork producers should stop fighting animal welfare law giving pregnant pigs more space (LA Times O/S)

Poultry in meat & egg production

  • Historic turning point: Italy closer than ever to the ban on the killing of male chicks (Eurogroup O/S)
  • Gap between poultry producer and consumer needs narrowing (Poultry World O/S)
  • Welfare group to bring a ‘better broiler’ to the marketplace (Poultry World O/S)
  • Burger King becomes first UK fast food chain to offer vegan nuggets (The Guardian O/S)
  • Natural Beak smoothing (Roxell O/S)
  • Cage-free layer system manufacturers have had to adapt (Watt Poultry O/S)

Sheep in meat & wool production

  • Findings from probe into ‘shocking’ NSW university training program laid bare (News.com)

Animals in transit & at slaughter

  • Meat processors have win on COVID worker restrictions (Sheep Central)

Animals in aquaculture

  • The world's first octopus farm - should it go ahead? (BBC O/S)

Animals in research & teaching

  • Switzerland to vote again on animal testing ban (Swissinfo O/S)
  • NIH allegedly purchased puppies from ‘hideous’ Virginia breeding mill (New York Post O/S)
  • Major progress for animals in laboratories in 2021 signals a more humane future (A Humane World O/S)

Animals in racing, sports & work

Animals in zoos, aquaria & the wild

  • In a World That Still Traps Animals, Can Science Limit Suffering? (Undark O/S)
  • Zoos and aquariums shift to a new standard of ‘animal welfare’ that depends on deeper understanding of animals’ lives (The Conversation O/S)
  • $2000 for an hour: Zoo’s offers to ‘impress guests’ with koalas in homes, hotels (SMH)
  • Hunters kill 20 Yellowstone wolves that roamed out of park (AP News O/S)

Pets & companion animals

  • Pets' welfare will be considered in divorce battles in Spain (CNN O/S)
  • Roaming pet cats on borrowed time, as councils consider curfews to protect native animals (ABC)

Podcasts & presentations

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Policy

  • New action plan aims to boost livestock welfare in Wales (Farming UK O/S)
  • UK gene-editing legislation to focus on crops, not farm animals (The Poultry Site O/S)
  • California Is Late With Rules For Prop 12, ‘World’s Strongest’ Animal Welfare Law (Successful Farming O/S)

Other/Publications

  • How do we define a well-lived life?: First scientific evidence helps us get closer to an answer (Frontiers)
  • Global Animal Partnership’s Better Chicken Project: Broiler Chicken Assessment Protocol v1.0 (GAP O/S)
  • RSPCA Australia Science Update Jan 2022. (RSPCA Australia)
  • UK as a leader in animal welfare? Well, some animals are more equal than others (The Guardian O/S)
  • What consumers want: a survey on European consumer attitudes towards plant-based foods. (Smart Protein Project O/S)
  • Why Do We Grieve Our Pets Yet Harm Other Animals? (Psychology Today O/S)
  • Why insects are more sensitive than they seem (BBC O/S)
  • Fritha M. Langford, David J. Bell, Ian M. Nevison, Bert J. Tolkamp, David J. Roberts, Marie J. Haskell, What type of loafing areas do housed dairy cattle prefer?, Applied Animal Behaviour Science, Volume 245, 2021, 105511, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.applanim.2021.105511
  • Niemi Jarkko K., Edwards Sandra A., Papanastasiou Dimitris K., Piette Deborah, Stygar Anna H., Wallenbeck Anna, Valros Anna. Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Seven Measures to Reduce Tail Biting Lesions in Fattening Pigs. Frontiers in Veterinary Science, 8, 2021, 1020. https://www.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fvets.2021.682330     
  • Vikki Neville, Jessica Mounty, Livia Benato, Kristina Hunter, Michael Mendl, Elizabeth S. Paul, Thinking outside the lab: Can studies of pet rats inform pet and laboratory rat welfare?, Applied Animal Behaviour Science, Volume 246, 2022, 105507, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.applanim.2021.105507 
  • Sözcü, A.; İpek, A.; Oğuz, Z.; Gunnarsson, S.; Riber, A.B. Comparison of Behavioral Time Budget and Welfare Indicators in Two Local Laying Hen Genotypes (Atak-S and Atabey) in a Free-Range System. Animals 2022, 12, 46. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani12010046
  • K. Thodberg, L. Foldager, K.K. Fogsgaard, C. Gaillard, M.S. Herskin. Temperature conditions during commercial transportation of cull sows to slaughter. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, Volume 192, 2022, 106626. www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0168169921006438
  • Mariia Tokareva, Jennifer A. Brown, Alexa Woodward, Edmond A. Pajor, Yolande M. Seddon, The influence of satiety on the motivation of stall-housed gestating sows to exit their stall, Applied Animal Behaviour  Science, Volume 245, 2021, 105508, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.applanim.2021.105508

Conferences, Seminars & Events

  • Rabbit Welfare Association & Fund – Rabbit Welfare & Ethics update 19 Jan 12.30 GMT (The Webinar Vet)
  • 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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