A selection of animal welfare news from around the world

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News 3 - 16 November 2022

  • How is human health impacted by the welfare of animals (Open Access Govt O/S)
  • Organic Label’s animal welfare rule is close to crossing the finish line (Food Safety News O/S)
  • Algae: a natural source of pain relief (Teagasc O/S)
  • One in 300 animal welfare complaints at UK farms lead to prosecution – study (The Guardian O/S)
  • Is Big Ag out to kill animal welfare rule for the Organic Label? (Food Safety News O/S)
  • Tyson Center for Food Animal Wellbeing Hosts 2022 Symposium (Univ Arkansas O/S)
Cattle in beef & dairy production
Pigs in pork production
  • Pig welfare and water use (Teagasc O/S)
  • Is better welfare equal to better pork quality? (Pig Progress O/S)
  • Pig housing law exposes a divided veterinary profession (VIN News O/S)
  • Welfare quality through the piglet perspective (Pig Progress O/S)
  • Prop 12 – US Supreme Court ruling expected by February 2023 (Pig Progress O/S)
  • Pigs Get Their Day in Court in Smithfield Gestation Crate Cruelty Case (Veg News O/S)
  • Animal welfare advocates should learn from hog farming case | Guest Commentary (The Sentinel O/S)
  • Gait analysis to detect sow lameness (Pig Progress O/S)
  • Farm visit: Taking organic pig farming to the next level (Pig Progress O/S)
Poultry in meat & egg production
  • ‘The birds are all back inside’: could this be the end for free-range eggs in the UK? (The Guardian O/S)
  • SMART Broiler Phase II Grant advances broiler chicken welfare (Feedstuffs O/S)
  • First in US begins sparing male chicks as alternative meat source (Poultry World O/S)
  • US farms lobby to use ‘cruellest’ killing method as bird flu rages (The Guardian O/S)
  • Walmart, Kroger will not meet 2025 cage-free commitments (Watt agnet O/S)
Sheep in meat & wool production
  • Sheep affected by flystrike, worms, foot abscesses in flooded NSW farming areas (ABC)
Animals in transit & at slaughter
  • LIVEXchange: Cattle export ban “a small step” past sheep (Beef Central)
  • Germany tightens animal transport rules, urges EU-wide follow-up (Euractiv O/S)
  • Australian live cattle exports increase in September (Argus Media)
Animals in aquaculture and wild caught
  • Japan makes squid farming breakthrough as wild catches plummet (The Guardian O/S)
  • ‘Fishless fish’: the next big trend in the seafood industry (The Guardian O/S)
Animals in research & teaching
Animals in racing, sports & work
  • Is this the end for New York’s horse-drawn carriages? (National Geographic O/S)
  • Another carriage horse collapses in Palma (Majorca Bulletin O/S)
  • RSPCA NSW slams horse racing industry for dumping former gallopers (Port Lincoln Times)
  • Animal Actors, the Special Effects Show, and More to Permanently Close at Universal Studios Hollywood (WDWNT O/S)
Animals in zoos, aquaria & the wild
  • Evolving Science Enhances Elephant Care and Exhibit Design by Encouraging Natural Behaviors (AZA O/S)
  • Farmers form feral animal 'syndicates' as a perfect season for wild dogs and pigs sees numbers and costs surge (ABC)
  • Graziers say ammunition shortage has left them unable to control kangaroo numbers after wet season population spike (ABC)
  • University of Adelaide researchers developing gene drive technology to combat invasive mice (ABC)
  • RSPCA UK condemns new badger cull targets which ignore study based on government's own scientific data (RSPCA UK)
  • AWI Honors Environmental Pioneer Jennifer Lonsdale with Schweitzer Medal (AWI O/S)
Pets & companion animals
  • More vets specialise in pet palliative care amid growing demand for end-of-life treatment for cats and dogs (ABC)
  • When is the right time to euthanise your old pet? (ABC)
Podcasts & presentations
  • Food choices: beyond gut feelings (EFSA)
  • Conversation with Prof. Cathy Dwyer (University of Edinburgh) on Sheep Welfare (Tiny Beam)
  • Conversation with Prof. Donald Broom (Cambridge University) on Pig welfare (Tiny Beam)
  • Applying the science of behaviour change to help animals,  Jo White and Suzanne Rogers. (Univ Guelph)
  • World Horse Welfare: ‘When does use become abuse?’ Annual Conference 2022 introduction film (WHW)
  • Keeping Cows Cool in Summer (Dairy Australia)
  • Flocking Together to Address Poultry Welfare Challenges Proceedings Oct 12th 2022 (Center of Food Animal Wellbeing O/S)
  • Pandemic Puppies: A Canine Welfare Timebomb? Dr. Rowena Packer. (Univ Guelph)
  • ‘Within the Confines’: Current issues in animal law (LSJ online)
  • Hungarian Nationalist Party Calls for a Ban on Ritual Slaughter (Hungary Today O/S)
  • Children motivated by morality rather than social norms when it comes to question of eating animals, according to study (Phys.org O/S)
  • Ghost farms: the mink sheds abandoned to the pandemic (The Guardian O/S)
  • New Book: The Behavioural Biology of Zoo Animals, Edited By Paul Rose. (Taylor Francis)
  • Baxter EM, Moustsen VA, Goumon S, Illmann G and Edwards SA (2022) Transitioning from crates to free farrowing: A roadmap to navigate key decisions. Front. Vet. Sci. 9:998192. doi: 10.3389/fvets.2022.998192
  • Hamadani, A., Ganai, N.A. Development of a multi-use decision support system for scientific management and breeding of sheep. Sci Rep 12, 19360 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-24091-y
  • Keeling LJ, Marier EA, Olmos Antillón G, Blokhuis HJ, Staaf Larsson B and Stuardo L (2022) A global study to identify a potential basis for policy options when integrating animal welfare into the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Front. Anim. Sci. 3:974687. doi: 10.3389/fanim.2022.974687
  • MacLellan Aileen, Nazal Basma, Young Lauren and Mason Georgia 2022Waking inactivity as a welfare indicator in laboratory mice: investigating postures, facial expressions and depression-like statesR. Soc. open sci.9221083221083 https://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.221083
  • Luke McGuire et al, Age‐related differences in reasoning about the acceptability of eating animals, Social Development (2022). DOI: 10.1111/sode.12655
  • Merridale-Punter, Mathilde S., Anke K. Wiethoelter, Charles M. El-Hage, and Peta L. Hitchens. "Prevalence and Factors Associated with Working Equid Lameness in Low-and Middle-Income Countries: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis." Animals 12, no. 22 (2022): 3100. https://www.mdpi.com/2076-2615/12/22/3100
  • Rebecca E. Nordquist, J.C.M. Vernooij, C.L. Dull, A. Pascual, G. van der Linde, Vivian C. Goerlich. The effects of transport of 18-day old hatching eggs on physiology and behaviour of slow growing broiler chicken. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, Volume 257, 2022, 105789. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0168159122002490
  • Parodi, A., Ipema, A.F., Van Zanten, H.H.E. et al. Principles for the responsible use of farmed insects as livestock feed. Nat Food (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s43016-022-00641-5
  • Lisa Schanz, Sara Hintze, Severin Hübner, Kerstin Barth, Christoph Winckler. Single- and multi-species groups: A descriptive study of cattle and broiler behaviour on pasture. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, Volume 257, 2022, 105779 . https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0168159122002398   
  • Smith, R.; Furtado, T.; Brigden, C.; Pinchbeck, G.; Perkins, E. A Qualitative Exploration of UK Leisure Horse Owners’ Perceptions of Equine Wellbeing. Animals 2022, 12, 2937. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani12212937

Conferences, Seminars & Events

  • NAWRDES Australian Primary Industries Animal Welfare Research Snapshots. 30th November 2022. 11.00 am – 2.30 pm AEDT. via ZOOM Webinar (Program and Registration)
  • Human behaviour change and its role in Animal Management – webinar featuring Carmen Glanville. 24th November 2022, 12.00pm AEDT. (AIAM)
  • AWP25 Webinars “Achieving Change for Animals in Latin America” 5th December, 2022 12 pm PT. (Commences 7.00am AEDT 6th December)  (UBC)
  • Controversies and Collaboration: Moving Toward Consensus in Animal Welfare. UFAW Indo-Pacific Asia Online Workshop 2022. Online Event: 6th-8th December, 2022. (UFAW)
  • AWP25 Webinars “Achieving Change in the Private Sector” January 9th  2023 12 pm PT (Commences 7.00am AEDT 10th January 2023)  (UBC)
  • International Animal Behaviour Twitter Conference 2023 18 -19th January 2023. https://www.animbehav2023.com/?s=09
  • AWP25 Webinars “Achieving Change in the Animal Protection Movement” February 6 2023 12 pm PT  (Commences 7.00am AEDT 7th February 2023) (UBC)
  • International Forum for the Aftercare of Racehorses (IFAR) 14 – 19th February 2023, Melbourne (Details)
  • evokeAG. 21st – 22nd February 2023, Adelaide. (evokeAG)
  • RSPCA Animal Welfare Seminar 2023. Quit horsing around: Advancing horse welfare in Australia. Wednesday 22nd – 23rd February 2023. Online. (RSPCA)
  • AWP25 Webinars “Achieving Change for Wild Animals” March 6 2023 12 pm PT (Commences 7.00am AEDT 7th March 2023 (UBC)
  • AWP25 Webinars “Achieving Change in Research” 6th April  2023 12 pm PDT (Commences 5.00am AEDT 7th April 2023) (UBC)
  • International Society for Anthrozoology 2023 Conference, June 15th – 18th, Edinburgh, UK (Details TBA)
  • UFAW Animal Welfare Conference, 20th – 21st June 2023 – Online (Details TBA)
  • Behaviour 2023.14th – 20th August 2023, Univ Bielefeld, Germany. (Behaviour2023)
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