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News 6 - 19 October 2022

  • Flooding forces sheep and cattle movement in NSW and VIC (Sheep Central)
  • Animal Welfare Committee opinion on the welfare implications of using virtual fencing systems to contain, move and monitor livestock in the UK (DEFR O/S)
  • Survey: Majority accepts higher meat prices for more animal welfare (Indony O/S)
  • Do Shoppers Care About Animal Welfare? (Statista O/S)
  • Plant-based meat gets “a reality check” (Beef Central)
  • NIFA-funded projects advance research in animal welfare (Feedstuffs O/S)
  • New laws to protect Victorian farmers (Mirage News)
Cattle in beef & dairy production
  • Arla raises its dairy cow welfare and sustainability standards (Scottish Farmer O/S)
  • Taking steps to defend your dairy (Hoard’s Dairyman O/S)
  • Colorado SU receives $3 million grant to study one of most common, costly problems facing organic dairy industry (CSU O/S)
Pigs in pork production
  • Supreme Court grapples with animal welfare in a challenge to a California law requiring pork to be humanely raised (The Conversation O/S)
  • Pig Farming Doesn’t Have to Be This Cruel (NYT O/S)
  • Niman Ranch Voices Support of Proposition 12 in Advance of Supreme Court Arguments (Swineweb O/S)
  • Supreme Court justices wallow in legal morass over challenge to California pork industry restrictions (NBC News O/S)
  • Commission concludes Fitness Check current Animal Welfare legislation (EU REF Cent for AW O/S)
Poultry in meat & egg production
  • Plans to phase out battery hens and caged eggs causing confusion says industry (ABC)
  • Researchers assess tracking of laying hens in cage-free systems (Feedstuffs O/S)
  • Epigenetics could improve poultry welfare traceability (Watt Poultry O/S)
  • Shift to cage-free for hens in the EU continues (Poultry World O/S)
  • Walmart, Kroger will not meet 2025 cage-free commitments (Watt Poultry O/S)
  • Tyson: Don’t just care for chickens, care about them (Watt Poultry O/S)
  • Vital Farms compares cage-free houses to office cubicles (Watt Poultry O/S)
  • Judicial review challenging the use of fast-growing broilers granted (Poultry World O/S)
  • M&S becomes first national retailer to offer higher welfare fresh chicken  (M&S Press Release)
Sheep in meat & wool production
  • Sheep producers urged to consider lamb pain relief implications (Sheep Central)
  • Uptake of lamb pain relief encouraged, but not mandated (Sheep Central)
  • Survey shows most sheep owners don’t manage lamb marking pain (Sheep Central)
  • ParaBoss webinar to outline AWI flystrike workshops (Sheep Central)
Animals in transit & at slaughter
  • NZ Live export ban sinks hopes of sector despite opposition (Rural News O/S)
  • Equine Welfare During Transport Examined (Horse Canada O/S)
Animals in aquaculture and wild caught
  • Farmed fish feel pain, stress and anxiety and must be killed humanely, global regulator accepts (The Guardian O/S)
  • Compassion welcomes first fish certification welfare standards but says “more must be done” (CIWF)
  • The Fish Site O/S)
Animals in research & teaching
Animals in racing, sports & work
  • "Stressed and frightened": Inhumane treatment of animals at BC rodeo events caught on tape (DH News O/S)
  • Rodeo Event Banned in California (Progressive Farmer O/S)
  • Million-dollar disgrace: Greyhound industry's race of shame (Independent Australia)
Animals in zoos, aquaria & the wild
  • Conflict between activists and zoos shows no sign of going away (The Guardian O/S)
  • Tourism Australia Ad Draws Backlash From Kangaroo Advocates (Travel Weekly)
  • Are dingoes the answer to Australia’s feral cat and fox problem? (Beef Central)
  • Controlling Australia’s feral pests means using 1080 baits – or wildlife will suffer (The Guardian)
  • ‘We feel like we let Doble down’: the unseen dangers of 1080 wild dog baits (The Guardian)
Pets & companion animals
  • US shelters see increase in surrenders – and one animal ‘returned in droves’ (The Guardian O/S)
  • EVJ Lifts the Lid on the Relationship Between Human Behavior and Equine Welfare (EquiManagement O/S)
  • RSPCA UK reports 25% increase in pets being abandoned (BBC)
Podcasts & presentations
  • How housing affects laboratory rodent health and research results (Univ Guelph O/S)
  • Innovations for improving animal welfare and human well-being in poultry and pig production systems (One Welfare O/S)
  • Agroforestry systems that benefit animalwelfare, environmental wellbeing and livelihoods in Ethiopia (One Welfare O/S)
  • Crate controversy: Pig farmers face growing pressure (WTHR O/S)
  • Dogs and cats to get a bill of rights in, yes, you guessed it, California (Mercatornet O/S)
  • Give legal rights to animals, trees and rivers, say experts (The Guardian O/S)
  • Behind the Technology - Individual activity monitoring to assess resilience in pigs. PhD Thesis, Lisette van der Zande, (Univ Wageningen)
  • RSPCA Australia quarterly Science Update (RSPCA)
  • Sheep Sustainability Framework On-Farm Insights Report (SSF)
  • Understanding Owner Behaviours and Motivation Online Collection (Equine Veterinary Journal)
  • de Castro Lippi, I.C.; Caldara, F.R.; de Lima Almeida Paz, I.C.; Odakura, A.M. Global and Brazilian Scenario of Guidelines and Legislation on Welfare in Pig Farming. Animals 2022, 12, 2615. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani12192615
  • Thomas Ede, Emeline Nogues, Marina A. G. von Keyserlingk, and Daniel M. Weary. Pain in the hours following surgical and rubber ring castration in dairy calves: Evidence from conditioned place avoidance. https://www.jdscommun.org/article/S2666-9102(22)00118-1/fulltext
  • Furtado, T. and Rendle, D. (2022), To improve welfare in the equine species should we place greater emphasis on understanding our own?. Equine Vet J, 54: 1001-1004. https://doi.org/10.1111/evj.13869
  • Garratt, J.K.; McCulloch, S.P. Wild Fish Welfare in UK Commercial Sea Fisheries: Qualitative Analysis of Stakeholder Views. Animals 2022, 12, 2756. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani12202756
  • Muhammad, M.; Stokes, J.E.; Morgans, L.; Manning, L. The Social Construction of Narratives and Arguments in Animal Welfare Discourse and Debate. Animals 2022, 12, 2582. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani12192582
  • Torgerson-White, L.; Sánchez-Suárez, W. Looking beyond the Shoal: Fish Welfare as an Individual Attribute. Animals 2022, 12, 2592. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani12192592
  • M. Valadez-Noriega, L.X. Estévez-Moreno, F. Galindo, F. Pérez-Martínez, M. Villarroel, G.C. Miranda-de la Lama. Consequences of long-distance transport on the behavior and health of young-bulls that may affect their fitness to adapt to feedlots, Livestock Science, Volume 265, 2022, 105083. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1871141322002578
  • Valente, D.; Stilwell, G. Applying a New Proposed Welfare Assessment Protocol to Suckler Herds from Three Different Autochthonous Breeds. Animals 2022, 12, 2689. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani12192689
  • Sofia Wilhelmsson, Inger Arvidsson, Paul H. Hemsworth, Maria Andersson, Jenny Yngvesson, Jan Hultgren. Effects of a training intervention for Swedish pig transport drivers on physical workload and time efficiency during loading. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, Volume 92, 2022, 103356. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S016981412200097X

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)
  • 2022 Animal Welfare Symposium & Workshop hosted by University of Otago 21st October 2022 (ANZLAA)
  • 77th WAZA Annual Conference, 23rd  – 27th  October 2022, Tenerife. (Details)
  • Pig Progress webinar ‘Do we have the Guts to improve animal welfare?’. 25th October 5.00pm AEDT (Pig Progress O/S)
  • RSPCA/UFAW Rodent Welfare Group Meeting – 4 November 2022, Newcastle UK. (Register)
  • AWP25 Webinars “Achieving Change in Veterinary Practice” November 7, 2022 12 pm PT. (Commences 7.00am AEDT 8th November)  (UBC)
  • Global Conference on Sustainable Beef, 7th – 10th November, Denver, US (GRSB)
  • 2022 NC3Rs Primate Welfare Meeting 8th November 2022 (Commences 11.00pm AEDT) (NC3Rs)
  • Animal Behaviour Live: Annual Online Conference 2022 17th – 18th November. (AnBehavLive)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Behaviour 2023.14th – 20th August 2023, Univ Bielefeld, Germany. (Behaviour2023)
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