A selection of animal welfare news from around the world

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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.

O/S = Overseas source

News 1 – 14 April 2021

Cattle in beef & dairy production
  • ‘They don’t belong in a concrete shed’: cows still happiest outside (Guardian O/S)
Pigs in pork production
  • Producers asked to help shape pig welfare scheme (Farmers Weekly O/S)
  • Transport and tail docking of pigs among EU animal welfare priorities (Pig 333 O/S)
Poultry in meat & egg production
  • The future of bird welfare (Poultry World O/S)
  • Food companies ask EU Commission to phase out enriched cages (Poultry World O/S)
  • 150,000 hens hatched without male chick culling (Poultry.Network O/S)
  • Market insights for Australia’s chicken meat industry (Agrifutures)
  • For a more enriching environment, Tyson Foods’ animal welfare team lets chickens do the choosing (The Poultry Site O/S)
Sheep in meat & wool production
  • Stress test: Australian study finds herding sheep via drone better for their welfare (Guardian)
  • Wool exporters seek finalised sheep freeze branding report (Sheep Central)
  • Genetic option to mulesing can keep quality wool on Merinos (Sheep Central)
  • ‘Premature’ wool declaration review sparks feedback (Sheep Central)
  • Woolgrowers say they are accountable and consumers can have trust in Australian wool (ABC)
  • ‘Vegan wool’ Weganool’s marketing riles up Australian woolgrowers (ABC)
Animals in transit & at slaughter
Animals in aquaculture
  • Animal welfare risks of global aquaculture, Becca Franks, Christopher Ewell, Jennifer Jacquet,  Science Advances 02 Apr 2021 : Eabg0677. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.abg0677
Animals in research & teaching
  • Animals used in research could be rehomed under government plan (The Age)
  • Animal testing suspended at Spanish lab after ‘gratuitous cruelty’ footage (Guardian O/S)
Animals in racing & sport


Animals in zoos, aquaria & the wild
  • Sydney Zoo and World Animal Protection respond after chimpanzee Mogli dies (7 News)
Pets & companion animals
  • If you bought a dog during lockdown, they’ll need help coming out of it (Guardian O/S)
  • Spike in pronged dog collar imports prompts warning from RSPCA (RSPCA)
  • Cain, C.J.; Woodruff, K.A.; Smith, D.R. Factors Associated with Shelter Dog Euthanasia versus Live Release by Adoption or Transfer in the United States. Animals 2021, 11, 927. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani11040927
Podcasts & presentations




  • RSPCA Animal Welfare Science Update Issue 72 – April 2021 (RSPCA)
  • ISAE Papers by members – (ISAE)
  • Eye-opening acts of empathy in the animal kingdom (Washington Post O/S)
  • Virtual reality teaching students cattle handling skills safely (ABC)
  • What Science Says About Athletes Going Vegan (Discover O/S)

Conferences, Seminars & Events

  • DIARY HOLD – Animal Welfare Horizons 2021, Brisbane, December 1st (TAWC)
  • DIARY HOLD – The National Primary Industries Animal Welfare Strategy 11th Annual Forum, Brisbane. December 2nd – Further details to be announced. Express interest on NAWRDES Webpage
  • National Livestock Wellbeing Seminars (Univ Adelaide)
  • The Great Livestock Industry Day Out. 25 June 10.30 AEST (Australian Association of Animal Sciences)
  • Universities Federation for Animal Welfare. Recent advances in animal welfare science VIII. 29-30 June. (UFAW)
  • Graham Centre Livestock Forum. 30 July. (Graham Centre for Ag Innovation)
  • 54th Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology (on-line). 2 – 6 August. (ISAE 2021)
  • 8th International Conference on The Assessment of Animal Welfare at Farm and Group Level. 16-19 August – Virtual Conference. (WAFL)
  • 11th World Virtual Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences 22-27 August 2021. (WC11)
  • One Welfare World Conference – Virtual. 15-16 Sept 2021. (OneWelfareWorld)
  • LIVEXchange, Nov 10 – 11. Darwin. (LIVEXchange)
  • Australasian Pig Science Association Conference. 15 – 18 November. (APSA)
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