A selection of animal welfare news from around the world

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News 17 - 30 November 2022

  • Two centuries since the first law to prevent animal cruelty, how much has changed? (The National News O/S)
  • Humane Handling Institute launched (Agri-View O/S)
Cattle in beef & dairy production
  • Options to help prioritise dairy cow comfort (Dairy Global O/S)
  • QR codes on milk cartons to offer window into livestock health and welfare (Phys.org O/S)
Pigs in pork production
  • Is better welfare equal to better pork quality? (Pig Progress O/S)
Poultry in meat & egg production
  • Business case for higher animal welfare (The Poultry Site O/S)
  • Slow-growing broilers (RuSource O/S)
  • Ready, steady, slow! Slow-growing broilers are healthier and have more positive welfare (Farming Connect O/S)
  • Advice for UK free-range egg producers facing bird flu threat (Poultry World O/S)
  • Cage-free caveats are quickly becoming the new normal (Watt Poultry O/S)
  • Global companies continue to move towards cage-free systems (Poultry World O/S)
Sheep in meat & wool production
  • Chief executive gives some AWI wool sustainability insights (Sheep Central)
  • Is PETA kicking an own goal with its US$1m vegan wool challenge? (Sheep Central)
  • Lamb chopper airlifts flock to safety as inland sea surrounds Condobolin (The Guardian)
Animals in transit & at slaughter
  • Better welfare during livestock transport (Dairy Global O/S)
  • Wellard criticises ageing live export fleet, unveils plans to build 'green' vessel (ABC)
  • Improving bird welfare during transit (Poultry World O/S)
  • Romania passes ‘landmark law’ guaranteeing right to kosher slaughter (Times of Israel O/S)
Animals in aquaculture and wild caught
  • Funding announced for major aquaculture project in Thailand and Vietnam (Univ Stirling O/S)
  • How AI may help Scotland’s salmon farming industry by sorting the bold from the bashful among cleaner fish (The Press & Journal O/S)
Animals in research & teaching
  • What is ethical animal research? A scientist and veterinarian explain (The Conversation O/S)
  • A chip to replace animal testing (Empa O/S)
  • Here's how important cruelty-free products are for these 4 countries (World Economic Forum O/S)
Animals in racing, sports & work
  • National peak rodeo body calls concerns of animal cruelty at Moruya Rodeo 'ignorance' (ABC)
  • French MP pulls bullfighting ban bill during debate (BBC O/S)
  • Six-pronged approach to horse welfare proposed by new equine ethics commission (HorseTalk O/S)
  • Three quarters of riders think horse welfare needs improving (Horse and Hound O/S)
  • Horse world takes on “use v. abuse” debate (HorseTalk O/S)
  • The Racing Foundation Grants £3M to Horse Welfare Board (Thoroughbred Daily News O/S)
  • Is California on its way to banning rodeos? Behind the growing movement to buck the event (LA Times O/S)
  • No ban for greyhound racing after animal welfare boss visits last Scots racing track (Daily Record O/S)
  • Highly anticipated Equine Ethics and Wellbeing Commission dominates Session discussions (FEI O/S) Survey report links are available in “Publication” section below.
Animals in zoos, aquaria & the wild
  • How do we ensure animals in zoos have the best possible life? (Cosmos)
  • The littlest rat catchers: New Zealand schoolchildren trap and kill 600 pests in 100 days (The Guardian)
  • Hundreds Of Social Media Videos With Billions Of Views Show Wild Animals Being Tortured, Report Finds (Forbes O/S)
Pets & companion animals
  • Traveller and Gypsy-owned horses well cared for, study finds (Univ Edinburgh)
Podcasts & presentations
  • 50 Years of Animal Welfare with Dr. David Fraser (UBC)
  • Principles of Good Animal (Welfare) Science - Dr. Hanno Würbel, Univ Bern (Univ Guelph)
  • The Many, Many Labels on Your Eggs (FoodPrint O/S)
  • Congress Takes Action to Protect Cephalopods in Research (PCRM O/S)
  • Animal Rebellion occupies Gordon Ramsay’s three-star Michelin restaurant (The Guardian O/S)
  • European fur imports, production falling out of fashion (Reuters O/S)
  • How the global donkey skin trade risks spreading deadly diseases (National Geographic O/S)
  • Lab-grown meat is OK for human consumption, FDA says (CNN O/S)
  • Opinions of Equestrian Stakeholders on the use of Horses in Sport: Survey Report - November 2022 (FEI O/S)
  • Public Attitudes on the Use of Horses in Sport: Survey Report - November 2022 (FEI O/S)
  • The Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre Newsletter (SJDAWC)
  • 2022 AVMA Animal Welfare Assessment Contest winners announced (AVMA)
  • Crates, R., Stojanovic, D. and Heinsohn, R. (2022), The phenotypic costs of captivity. Biol Rev. https://doi.org/10.1111/brv.12913
  • Lucille Dumontier, Andrew M. Janczak, Tom V. Smulders, Randi O. Moe, Judit Vas, Janicke Nordgreen. Early life environment and adult enrichment: Effects on fearfulness in laying hens. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, Volume 256, 2022, 105750. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0168159122002088
  • Matilda Gibbons, Andrew Crump, Meghan Barrett, Sajedeh Sarlak, Jonathan Birch, Lars Chittka. Can insects feel pain? A review of the neural and behavioural evidence. Advances in Insect Physiology, Academic Press, 2022. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0065280622000170
  • Hannah R. Golightly, Jennifer Brown, Renée Bergeron, Zvonimir Poljak, Yolande M. Seddon, Terri L. O’Sullivan. Impact of two commercial weaning and transport strategies on piglet behaviour, body weight change, lesions and lameness following transport. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, Volume 257, 2022, 105775. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0168159122002350
  • Melanie McAuley, Stephanie Buijs, Ramon Muns, Alan Gordon, Maeve Palmer, Kayleigh Meek, Niamh O’Connell. Effect of reduced dietary protein level on finishing pigs’ harmful social behaviour before and after an abrupt dietary change. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, Volume 256, 2022, 105762. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0168159122002209
  • Rault JL, Binder R, Grimm H. Rethink farm animal production: The 3Rs. Science. 2022 Nov;378(6622) 842. doi:10.1126/science.adf3351
  • Rowland M, Hudson N, Connor M, Dwyer C, Coombs T. The Welfare of Traveller and Gypsy Owned Horses in the UK and Ireland. Animals (Basel). 2022 Sep 13;12(18):2402. doi: 10.3390/ani12182402
  • Jeff Sebo, Cleo Verkuijl, Maria José Hötzel, Ploy Achakulwisut, Mairon Bastos Lima and Jonathan Green. Sustainable development matters for animals too: Governments have a responsibility to recognize that. CABI OneHealth 2022.  https://www.cabidigitallibrary.org/doi/pdf/10.1079/cabionehealth.2022.0002
  • Uchida, K., Burkle, A.A. and Blumstein, D.T. (2022), Take only pictures, leave only… Cameras influence marmot vigilance but not perceptions of risk. J Zool. https://doi.org/10.1111/jzo.13032

Conferences, Seminars & Events

  • 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)
  • International Society for Applied Ethology, Congress. 1st – 5th August, 2023, Tallinn, Estonia (ISAE)
  • Behaviour 2023.14th – 20th August 2023, Univ Bielefeld, Germany. (Behaviour2023)
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