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News 30 June - 13 July 2022

  • Online animal welfare courses available for young stud beef, led steer exhibitors (Beef Central)
  • Why FMD is a bigger threat than Aus appears to recognise (Beef Central)
  • Positive signs of global change reflected in farm animal welfare awards  (Poultry World O/S)
  • Qualitative Behaviour Assessment app (SRUC O/S)
  • Engaging with Shoppers on Animal Welfare (Newswires O/S)
  • PETA wants its say to be the final word on what is humane when its about food animals (Food Safety News O/S)
  • New USDA Petition Aims To Stop ‘Humane’ Meat Labels (Plant Based News O/S)
Cattle in beef & dairy production
  • Bobby calf slaughter drops due to strong beef prices, dairy industry says (ABC)
  • Cow collars a 'positive' for herd welfare (Rural News NZ O/S)
  • Coalition Calls For NZ Dairy Cattle Code Of Welfare Review To End Intensive Winter Grazing (Scoop NZ O/S)
  • Ukraine urgently needs dairy cows to replace 50,000 killed (Dairy Global O/S)
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Pigs in pork production
  • NZ Pig farmers fear animal welfare proposals could doom industry (1News O/S)
  • Draft welfare codes causing stress for Canterbury pig farmers (NZ Herald O/S)
  • Call for higher animal welfare standards for Parma ham pigs (BBC O/S)
  • A Brief for the Pigs: The Case of National Pork Producers Council v. Ross (National Review O/S)
    How can precision farming tackle sow lameness? (Pig Progress O/S)
  • UK supermarkets urged to stop selling Parma ham from EU caged sows (The Guardian O/S)
  • Why The California Furor Over Humanely Raised Pork Matters Everywhere (Forbes O/S)
Poultry in meat & egg production
  • Lohmann opts for Seleggt in-ovo sexing machine in German hatchery (Poultry Network O/S)
  • Artificial intelligence could spot baby chickens in distress (Science.org O/S)
  • Construction started on Indonesia’s cage-free layer hub (Watt Poultry O/S)
  • Male layer chick welfare progresses in dietary research (Watt Poultry O/S)
  • Positive signs of global change reflected in farm animal welfare awards (Poultry World O/S)
  • Animal activists sue Costco after releasing poultry-facility video (AgDaily O/S)
  • Will McDonald’s Go Cage-Free In Taiwan? Activists Apply Pressure On The Chain (Plant Based News O/S)
  • Singapore ramps up cultivated chicken meat production (Poultry World O/S)
Sheep in meat & wool production
Animals in transit & at slaughter


Animals in aquaculture and wild caught
  • UK Minister rejects case for surveillance of fish slaughter (The Fish Site O/S)
  • Insect farming under fire as new fish welfare benchmark is launched (The Fish Site O/S)
  • Open mind for closed cages (Fish Farmer O/S)
Animals in research & teaching
  • How Sound Induces Pain Relief in Mice (GeneEngNews O/S)
  • Expert reaction to the annual statistics on the use of animals in scientific procedures in the UK for 2021 (Science Media Centre O/S)
  • Advances in nonanimal methods showcased at public forum (NIH)
  • Air France to Stop Shipping Monkeys to Laboratories: PETA Statement (PETA O/S)
Animals in racing, sports & work
  • e-Tracking a world first in welfare (Eden Magnet)
  • Animal rights advocates use Animal Welfare Act to question legality of rodeo (RNZ O/S)
  • Animal rights charity claims majority of people opposed to return of greyhound racing (Yahoo Sport O/S)
  • Panel: 'Do More, Faster' To Improve Public Perception Of Sport Horse Welfare (Chronicle of Horse O/S)
  • The days of rodeo events at the Calgary Stampede should be numbered (Globe & Mail O/S)
Animals in zoos, aquaria & the wild
  • NSW bid to allow young children to hunt animals is barbaric, says animal Australia (The National Tribune)
  • All-Party Parliamentary Group on Banning Trophy Hunting (All-Party Parliamentary Group O/S)
  • Marineland controversy grows as World Animal Protection urges Groupon to stop profiting from venues that exploit animals (Cision O/S)
  • New Framework shows how animals can help designers create technologies for a better life (Univ Melbourne)
  • Alec Baldwin Speaks Out Against 'Sleazy' Bear Cub Petting For PETA (Newsweek O/S)
  • UK RSPCA wildlife centres no longer taking in sick seabirds due to avian flu risk (Independent O/S)
  • WAZA Signs MoU with the International Air Transport Association (WAZA)
  • Podcast: How to Navigate the Wild World of Ethical Animal Tourism (AFAR O/S)
Pets & companion animals
  • Cat containment policy for Victorian Bass Coast Shire Council delights conservationists (ABC)
  • The sad reality behind the ‘Best in Show’ (HSA O/S)
  • Keeping Cats Safe at Home (RSPCA NSW)
  • Pets on paracetamol: animals at risk as owners struggle with vet bills (The Guardian O/S)
  • A positive future for the horse-human partnership — if we all work together (Horse & Hound O/S)
  • Nearly 400 dogs rescued from slaughter as Chinese activists continue fighting infamous Yulin ‘festival’ (HSA O/S)
Podcasts & presentations
  • Advancing the Interests of Animals, by Dr Bidda Jones (FVAS, The University of Melbourne)
  • Trade Ban: WA's live sheep industry on notice (ABC Landline)
  • Increasing cost of living partly blamed for surge in animal cruelty and neglect (ABC)
  • The Rural Roundup: Managing Director of NZ Veterinarians for Animal Welfare Helen Beattie on NAWAC's controversial new proposed code for the welfare for Pigs (Rural Roundup O/S)
  • The Rural Roundup: Helen Beattie on NAWAC's new Draft Code for the Welfare of Dairy Cattle (Rural Roundup O/S)
  • 2022 DC Blood Oration - Prof Colin Wilks. Veterinary Science in the 21st Century: Still fit for purpose? (FVAS, University of Melbourne)
  • Trade and Agriculture Commission: advice to the Secretary of State for International Trade on the UK-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (web version) (Gov.UK O/S)
  • Verdict in on New Zealand free trade agreement (Food Manufacture O/S)
  • New USDA Petition Aims To Stop ‘Humane’ Meat Labels (Plant Based News O/S)
  • Proposition 12: New developments (Pig Progress O/S)
  • Is cultured meat friend or foe? (Watt Poultry O/S)
  • RSPCA Australia Animal Welfare Science Update July 2022 (RSPCA)
  • Understanding the differences between intentional animal cruelty and neglect can inform how authorities respond to these crimes  (LSE O/S)
  • We Need to Talk About Animal Cruelty and Mass Shooters (Newsweek O/S)
  • Anneberg I and Mc Loughlin E (2022) The Invisible Suffering of Farm Animals in Traffic Accidents: As Sentient Beings They Are Low Ranked in Life as Well as in Death. Front. Anim. Sci. 3:902119. doi: 10.3389/fanim.2022.902119 https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fanim.2022.902119/full
  • Baciadonna L, Nawroth C, McElligott AG. 2016. Judgement bias in goats (Capra hircus): investigating the effects of human grooming. PeerJ 4:e2485 https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.2485
  • Brown, P., Goldentyer, B. A Word from OLAW and USDA. Lab Anim 51, 180 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41684-022-01002-2
  • Cantor MC, Casella E, Silvestri S, Renaud DL and Costa JHC (2022) Using Machine Learning and Behavioral Patterns Observed by Automated Feeders and Accelerometers for the Early Indication of Clinical Bovine Respiratory Disease Status in Preweaned Dairy Calves. Front. Anim. Sci. 3:852359. doi: 10.3389/fanim.2022.852359 https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fanim.2022.852359/full
  • Hevern, ME., Welfare worries: a preliminary, cross-sectional study of general practice, small animal veterinarians perceptions and management of canine and feline behaviour problems. Aust Vet J. 2022; 1– 11. https://doi.org/10.1111/avj.13168
  • Smith, L.M., Quinnell, R.J., Goold, C. et al. Assessing the impact of free-roaming dog population management through systems modelling. Sci Rep 12, 11452 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-15049-1
  • Webber Sarah, Cobb Mia L., Coe Jon. Welfare Through Competence: A Framework for Animal-Centric Technology Design. Frontiers in Veterinary Science, 9, 2022. https://www.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fvets.2022.885973 
  • Zhou, W., Ye, C., Mao, Y et al.  Sound induces analgesia through corticothalamic circuits. Science, 377, 6602, pp 198-204. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.abn4663

Conferences, Seminars & Events

  • 2022 ANZCCART Conference, 26th to 28th July, Melbourne, Victoria. (ANZCCART)
  • 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)
  • 77th WAZA Annual Conference, 23 – 27 October, Tenerife. (Details)
  • International Animal Behaviour Twitter Conference 2023 18 -19th January 2023. https://www.animbehav2023.com/?s=09
  • RSPCA Animal Welfare Seminar 2023. Quit horsing around: Advancing horse welfare in Australia. Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 February 2023. Online. (RSPCA)
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