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News 5 - 18 August 2021

  • SEEKING APPLICANTS: The Daylight Project Council (TAWC, Apply HERE)
  • The Link Between Animal Cruelty and Human Violence (FBI O/S)
  • Animal rights groups sue over latest Iowa farm tresspass law ((KWQC  O/S)
  • Understanding consumers attitudes toward animal welfare (The Pig Site O/S)
  • Australians being ‘duped’ by plant-based meat labelling, study shows (Sheep Central)


Cattle in beef & dairy production
  • AI powering the management of mastitis in dairy cows (FarmOnline)
  • Cow-calf contact in full bloom at the Danish Cattle Research Centre at AU-Foulum (The Cattle Site O/S)
  • Know your responsibilities when transporting bobby calves (AgVic)
Pigs in pork production
  • Boars: A critical component in pig farm success (Pig Progress O/S)
  • California voted to improve pig welfare. The pork industry is facing a reckoning (Nat Geographic O/S)
  • 50 per cent of Australian consumers confused on what is plant-based and what is real: (APL)
  • Black soldier fly larvae as edible enrichment (Pig Progress O/S)
Poultry in meat & egg production
  • Global Coalition for Animal Welfare Consultation on Cage-Free Egg Procurement (GCAW O/S)
  • Dozens of Morrisons stores met with protests over chicken welfare (Retail Gazette O/S)
  • A closer look at the cage-free revolution (The Poultry Site O/S)
  • "Driving sustainability through transparency" (Poultry World O/S)
  • What M&S move to slow-growing poultry means for farmers (Farmers Weekly O/S)
  • Food and retail companies found broiler chicken welfare working group (Food Dive O/S)
  • Broiler breeders prefer wooden nests (Poultry World O/S)
  • France and Germany to ban male chick culling from 2022 (Farming UK O/S)
Sheep in meat & wool production
  • Numnuts research is extended onto Australian sheep farms (Sheep Central)
Animals in transit & at slaughter
  • Updates put spotlight on live exporters (Farm Weekly)
  • Live cattle export ships continue to depart since ban announced (NZ Herald O/S)
Animals in aquaculture
  • Researchers scale up new blood test for stressed fish (Univ WA)
  • Nobody seems to care about fish welfare — here's why we should (Eco-Business O/S)
  • RSPCA Assured food label scheme accused of protecting ‘salmon farmers and retailers’ (The Ferret O/S)
  • Researchers launch lumpfish welfare too l(The Fish Site O/S)
Animals in research & teaching
  • UK could allow animal tests for cosmetic ingredients for first time since 1998 (The Guardian O/S)
  • University Defends Vaccine Tests on Dogs After Dr. Fauci and NIH Blasted With Criticism (Newsweek O/S)
Animals in racing & sport
  • Damning ‘death tracks’ report highlights the tragedy of racing greyhounds (Byron Echo)
  • Greyhound deaths put NZ racing on notice (Daily Liberal)
Animals in zoos, aquaria & the wild
  • Shark fin trade to be banned in the UK (iNews UK O/S)
  • Animal welfare groups and MPs write to Abta over dolphin policy (Travel Weekly O/S)
  • Do wild animals get PTSD? Scientists probe its evolutionary roots (Knowable O/S)
  • How Does Captivity Affect Wild Animals? (Discover O/S)
  • The complicated ethics of raising animals in captivity (Deseret News O/S)
Pets & companion animals
  • Mount Isa man allegedly involved in horse shootings granted bail (ABC)
  • Offering advice on how to train a new puppy can be a minefield, especially during the pandemic (ABC)
  • Tech advances to benefit equine welfare and traceability (Horse and Hound O/S)
  • Horse welfare paradox: ‘The road to hell is paved with good intentions’ (Horse Talk O/S)
Podcasts & presentations
  • Eighth Circuit breaths life back into Iowa’s ‘ag-gag’ law (Food Safety News O/S)
  • Animal Sentience: The Conservatives would be batty to vote against it (Politics.co.uk O/S)
  • NSW calls for input into animal welfare laws  (Beef Central)
  • ACCC won't take Bank Australia to task for refusing service to livestock businesses (Farm Online)
  • AgriFutures trust study shows farms winning more community loyalty (Farm Online)
  • A person or a thing? Inside the fight for animal personhood (National Geographic O/S)
  • Animals Farmed (The Guardian O/S)
  • Sentience bill is necessary for the UK to be a true world leader in animal welfare (The Conversation UK)
  • Consumer Insights: The meat shopper journey (AHDB UK)
  • The history of vegetarianism in Australia is only two centuries old and it's full of characters (ABC)
  • International Society for Applied Ethology – Papers by Members (ISAE)
  • Livestock producers included as essential workers for Qld-NSW border crossing permits (Beef Central)
  • Barreto, MO, Rey Planellas, S, Yang, Y, Phillips, C, Descovich, K. Emerging indicators of fish welfare in aquaculture. Rev Aquac. 2021; 00: 1– 19. https://doi.org/10.1111/raq.12601
  • Bromberg, Lev. 2021. “ Numbing the pain or diffusing the pressure? The co-optation of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals's “naming and shaming” campaign against mulesing.” Law & Policy 1– 29. https://doi.org/10.1111/lapo.12172
  • Craig Johnson, George Schreer & Katherine Jacobs Bao (2021) Effect of Anthropomorphizing Food Animals on Intentions to Eat Meat, Anthrozoös, 34:4, 563-578, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/08927936.2021.1914442
  • Mallard, B., Emam, M., Cartwright, S., Altvater-Hughes, T., Livernois, A., Wagter-Lesperance, L., Hodgins, D.C., Atalla, H., Hine, B., Aleri, J. and Fisher, A. (2021). Advances in understanding immune response in dairy cattle. In: Improving Dairy Herd Health. Ed. E. Bouchard. Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing, Cambridge, UK. http://dx.doi.org/10.19103/AS.2020.0086.06
  • Misra, S., Bokkers, E.A.M., Upton, J. et al. Effect of environmental enrichment and group size on the water use and waste in grower-finisher pigs. Sci Rep 11, 16380 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-95880-0
  • Perttu, R.K., Ventura, B.,  Rendahl, A.  and  Endres, M. Public views of dairy calf welfare and dairy consumption habits of American youth and adults. Front. Vet. Sci. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fvets.2021.693173
  • Lindsey A Robbins, Angela R Green-Miller, Donald C Lay, Jr, Allan P Schinckel, Jay S Johnson, Brianna N Gaskill, Evaluation of sow thermal preference across three stages of reproduction, Journal of Animal Science, Volume 99, Issue 8, August 2021, skab202, https://doi.org/10.1093/jas/skab202
  • Masilkova, M., Ježek, M., Silovský, V. et al. Observation of rescue behaviour in wild boar (Sus scrofa). Sci Rep 11, 16217 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-95682-4
  • Silva, S.R.; Araujo, J.P.; Guedes, C.; Silva, F.; Almeida, M.; Cerqueira, J.L. Precision Technologies to Address Dairy Cattle Welfare: Focus on Lameness, Mastitis and Body Condition. Animals 2021, 11, 2253. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani11082253
  • Singer Randall S., Porter Leah J., Thomson Daniel U., Gage Mallory, Beaudoin Amanda, Wishnie Jennifer K. Raising Animals Without Antibiotics: U.S. Producer and Veterinarian Experiences and Opinions. Front. Vet. Sci. 6 , 2019, 452. https://www.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fvets.2019.00452
  • Meiqing Wang, Maciek oczak, Mona Larsen, Florian Bayer, Kristina Maschat, Johannes Baumgartner, Jean-Loup Rault, Tomas Norton. A PCA-based frame selection method for applying CNN and LSTM to classify postural behaviour in sows. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 189, 2021, 106351. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compag.2021.106351

Conferences, Seminars & Events

  • DIARY HOLD – Animal Welfare Horizons 2021, VIRTUAL EVENT, 29th November. Express interest on TAWC Webpage
  • DIARY HOLD – The National Primary Industries Animal Welfare Strategy – Research Snapshots,  November 30th  – Further details to be announced. Express interest on NAWRDES Webpage
  • 11th World Virtual Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences 22-27 August. (WC11)
  • National Livestock Wellbeing Seminar, The University of Adelaide. 14 September, 1.00pm AEST. Lauren Hemsworth “Human-animal interactions and animal welfare” and Megan Hayes “Effects of early life experiences on fear of humans in pigs” (Register for ZOOM)
  • 2021 Animal Welfare Foundation Discussion Forum (Virtual). 15 September. (AWF)
  • SJDAWC 2021 Fall Webinar Series with Dr. Karen Overall (Details)
  • One Welfare World Conference – Virtual. 15-16 Sept 2021. (OneWelfareWorld)
  • 76th WAZA Annual Conference, virtual, 11-14 October. (Details)
  • 12th International Working Dog Conference, Oct. 12-14 (IWDC 2021)
  • 2nd Aggression in Dogs Conference, Oct. 22-24 (Loose Leash Academy O/S) Register
  • LIVEXchange, Nov 10 – 11. Darwin. (LIVEXchange)
  • Australasian Pig Science Association Conference. Brisbane, 15 – 18 November. (APSA)
  • ISAE Online Regional Meeting (Africa/Australasia) 1 – 2 December. (Details)
  • 2nd Australian Biosecurity Symposium, Gold Coast, 1-3 December. Details.
  • World Aquaculture 2020, 5 – 8 December, Singapore (Details)
  • European Assn of Zoos and Aquaria first Animal Welfare Forum. 21 – 24 March 2022,The Netherlands. (EAZA)
  • Australian Association of Animal Sciences Conference. 5 – 7 July 2022. (AAAS2022)
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