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News 5 - 18 May 2022

  • Study shows latest CAP helped to improve animal welfare (Agriland O/S)
  • AWI Partners with Four Paws to Provide Crucial Aid for Animals in Ukraine (AWI O/S)
  • How livestock is getting caught in the climate change crossfire (Corporate Knights O/S)
  • Slapping a 'vegan' label on your product doesn't always pay off – as people expect it to taste WORSE, study finds (Daily Mail O/S)
Cattle in beef & dairy production
Pigs in pork production
  • ‘Free’ Farrowing: Exploring different international farrowing regulations, industry- and market-led initiatives – Emma Baxter SRUC Brief (SRUC O/S)
  • Why is it relevant to analyse pig vocalisations? (Pig Progress O/S)
  • NZ Pork industry wants welfare code extended to imports (RNZ O/S)
  • 'Pig' of a new welfare code (NZ Rural News O/S)
  • Pig welfare monitoring system wins Pig World New Product Award at British Pig & Poultry Fair (Pig World O/S)
Poultry in meat & egg production
  • Are cage-free mandates wiping out US family farms? (Watt Poultry O/S)
  • Early experience matters when rearing cage-free pullets (Watt Poultry O/S)
  • Austria bans ‘senseless’ killing of chicks with new animal welfare rules (The Local O/S)
  • US cage-free housing state law update (Watt Poultry O/S)
  • What consumers want to know about poultry welfare (Watt Poultry O/S)
Sheep in meat & wool production
  • UK sheep sector's Australia concerns 'exaggerated' (Scottish Farmer O/S)
  • Sheep industry is sacrificial lamb in Aussie trade deal (The Scotsman O/S)
Animals in transit & at slaughter
  • ALEC concern over live sheep whistleblower payments (Sheep Central)
  • Greens and animal welfare groups push for Labor to give timeline for live export ban (The Guardian)
  • Live export experts ignored (NZ Rural News O/S)
  • Live export ban class action costs could more than triple for federal government (ABC)
Animals in aquaculture and wild caught
  • Salmon company Huon Aquaculture used underwater explosives more than 8,000 times to deter seals (ABC)
  • If Lobsters Are Sentient, Why Can We Still Boil Them Alive - UK? (Plant-based News O/S)
  • Study reveals how shrimp respond to heat stress (The Fish Site O/S)
Animals in research & teaching
  • Laboratory mice are usually distressed and overweight, calling into question research findings (The Conversation O/S)
  • Germany weighs whether culling excess lab animals is a crime (Science.org O/S)
  • Animal experiment law breaches rise in Northern Ireland (BBC O/S)
  • Iceland urged to ban ‘blood farms’ that extract hormone from pregnant horses (The Guardian O/S)
  • Supporting a future global ban on animal testing for cosmetics (Unilever O/S)
Animals in racing, sports & work
  • Horse-drawn carriages to be banned from Melbourne's CBD (9 News)
  • Terrifying and cruel: more evidence for a ban on calf roping (Vet Practice)
  • Greyhound Racing Is Nearing Its End in the U.S. (Time O/S)
  • Horse racing is too far gone to be saved. The next best thing is to be honest about it (The Guardian O/S)
  • Money, or a discipline’s popularity, should not override science on horse welfare – review (HorseTalk O/S)
  • Reduce the stress of stall rest (Equus Magazine O/S)
  • Less whipping among National Assembly recommendations to improve equine welfare at Paris 2024 (Inside the Games O/S)
  • Racing regulator inquires into condition of dogs owned by John McInerney, NZ's most prolific greyhound trainer (NewsHub O/S)
Animals in zoos, aquaria & the wild
  • Campaigners Call For Elephants To Be Banned From UK Zoos (The Independent O/S)
  • Is the badger cull working or not? A closer look at the latest research (RuSource O/S)
  • Saving the Planet Is More Important Than Saving Some Birds (Washington Post O/S)
  • These art installations reveal the sad truth about keeping animals in cages (EuroNews O/S)
Pets & companion animals
  • Are Pampered Pet Dogs Better Off Than Village Dogs? (Psychology Today O/S)
  • “Cruel” collars designed to punish dogs by applying pressure on their necks are set to be banned in one state. (News.com.au)
  • Rising costs leading to lockdown pets being dumped, RSPCA UK says (BBC O/S)
  • RSPCA UK issues warning over exotic pets after seven snakes abandoned at home (Sky News O/S)
Podcasts & presentations
  • Animal Care and Protection Amendment Bill 2022 (QLD Government)
  • Proposed code of welfare for dairy cattle (Stuff NZ O/S)
  • The Queen’s Speech 2022: Government Breaks Promise to Protect Animals (PETA UK)
  • Boris Johnson urged to revive ban on fur, foie gras and hunt trophies (The Independent O/S)
  • Labor’s live sheep export decision sets a dangerous precedent (NFF)
  • ALP animal welfare initiatives fall short for farmers (Sheep Central)
  • Animal Welfare: citizens and farmers together for the future of breeding (Slow Food O/S)
  • Greengage Animal Welfare Index Score (Greengage Global O/S)
  • Industry best management practice welfare manual (AgriFutures Chickenmeat)
  • Sir James Dunn AW Centre Newsletter (SJDAWC O/S)
  • Lydia Conrad, Lydiane Aubé, Emma Heuchan, Sabine Conte, Renée Bergeron, Nicolas Devillers. Effects of farrowing hut design on maternal and thermoregulatory behaviour in outdoor housed sows and piglets. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, Volume 251, 2022, 105616. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.applanim.2022.105616
  • Gesa S, Ossama E, Yasemin B, Fernanda CO. Vegan labeling for what is already vegan: Product perceptions and consumption intentions. Appetite. 2022 Apr 14:106048. Epub ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2022.106048
  • Holmes, T.Q.; Brown, A.F. Champing at the Bit for Improvements: A Review of Equine Welfare in Equestrian Sports in the United Kingdom. Animals 2022, 12, 1186. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani12091186
  • Kohda M, Sogawa S, Jordan AL, Kubo N, Awata S, Satoh S, et al. (2022) Further evidence for the capacity of mirror self-recognition in cleaner fish and the significance of ecologically relevant marks. PLoS Biol 20(2): e3001529. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.3001529
  • Mason G. J., Lavery J. M. What Is It Like to Be a Bass? Red Herrings, Fish Pain and the Study of Animal Sentience. Frontiers in Veterinary Science, 9, 2022. https://www.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fvets.2022.788289   
  • Merkies, K.; Franzin, O. Enhanced Understanding of Horse–Human Interactions to Optimize Welfare. Animals 2021, 11, 1347. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani11051347
  • Lauren M. Robinson, Brian Crudge, Thona Lim, Vichet Roth, Marieke Gartner, Kristina Naden, Kirsty Officer, Kris Descovich. Limitations and challenges of adapting subjective keeper questionnaires to non-Western sanctuary settings. Applied Animal Behaviour Science,  251, 2022, 105627. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.applanim.2022.105627
  • Samet, L.E.; Vaterlaws-Whiteside, H.; Harvey, N.D.; Upjohn, M.M.; Casey, R.A. Exploring and Developing the Questions Used to Measure the Human–Dog Bond: New and Existing Themes. Animals 2022, 12, 805. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani12070805
  • Sara Maria Daniel Verlinden, Tomas Norton, Mona Lilian Vestbjerg Larsen, Martine Schroyen, Ali Youssef, Nadia Everaert. Influence of temperature during incubation on the mRNA levels of temperature sensitive ion channels in the brain of broiler chicken embryos. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A: olecular & Integrative Physiology, Volume 268, 2022, 111199. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cbpa.2022.111199 
  • Zerbolio, D.J., Royalty, J.L. Matching and oddity conditional discrimination in the goldfish as avoidance responses: Evidence for conceptual avoidance learning. Animal Learning & Behavior 11, 341–348 (1983). https://doi.org/10.3758/BF03199786
  • Xiaoxi Zhang, Jianbo Yuan, Xiaojun Zhang, Yang Yu, Fuhua Li. Comparative transcriptomic analysis unveils a network of energy reallocation in Litopenaeus vannamei responsive to heat-stress. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, Volume 238, 2022, 113600. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoenv.2022.113600

Conferences, Seminars & Events

  • Producing Food from Cultured Animal Tissues: A CAST Report and Update.  Fri, 20 May 2022, 11:00AM (Future Food Hallmark Research Initiative – UniMelb)
  • 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)
  • 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)
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