A selection of animal welfare news from around the world

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Please note that the articles below do not reflect opinions of TAWC. Although we aim to provide comprehensive coverage, there are likely articles that we’ve missed.

O/S = Overseas source

News 1 – 20 January 2021

  • Are Some Animal Welfare Labels ‘Humanewashing’? (Civil Eats O/S)
  • What A Delay On Canada’s Gestation Crate Ban Will Mean For Pig Welfare (Forbes O/S)
  • Red Tractor plans stricter standards from November 2021 (Farmers Weekly O/S)
  • Gene-editing plan ‘dark day’ for animal welfare and environment, say farming experts (Independent O/S)
  • Animals farmed: lab-grown ‘chicken’, bird culls, and why pigs really can’t fly (Guardian O/S)
  • The good old ways: can we still farm like our grandparents? (Guardian O/S)
  • Blurred lines between animal welfare and animal ethics (QLD Country Life)
  • Even More Americans Ate Plant-Based Meats In 2020, And Animal Advocates Are Celebrating (Forbes O/S)
  • RSPCA calls for cut in meat and dairy as activists launch legal fight to end factory farming (The Independent O/S)
  • MPI’s tips for animal welfare over summer (NZ Herald O/S)
  • Giggling rats highlight call for animal law (Pet Business World O/S)
  • Plant-based dairy, egg product sales reach $4b in 2020 (Feedstuffs O/S)
Cattle in beef & dairy production
  • Pain relief is delivering an animal welfare revolution – Peter Windsor (QLD Country Life)
  • Curious Questions: Are cows actually super-intelligent? (Country Life O/S)
  • Is Dairy Farming Cruel to Cows? (New York Times O/S)
  • Tips for preventing and handling heat stress in dairy cows (Dairy News)
Pigs in pork production
  • Majority of pork buyers show concern for pig welfare, survey shows (WAP Harris Poll O/S)
  • ADHB releases UK Pork sector strategy proposal (ADHB O/S)
  • Outlook 2021: Pig sector three-point plan for secure future (Farmers Weekly O/S)
  • Danish expert questions value of new Chinese face recognition tool for pigs (ScandAsia O/S)
Poultry in meat & egg production
  • South Korea culls 19 million poultry to control avian flu (Watt Poultry O/S)
  • Egg Innovations CEO: ‘Cage-free is a step in the right direction, but it isn’t meeting the entire needs of the birds’. (Food Navigator O/S)
  • Maintaining bird welfare during AI housing measures (Poultry World O/S)
Sheep in meat & wool production
Animals in transit & at slaughter
  • EU hypocrisy? Foie gras and factory farming continue, but kosher and halal traditions nixed (GetReligion O/S)
  • Live Animal Export: How Many Animals Die During Transport? (Sentient Media O/S)
  • Improving animal-welfare in pig slaughterhouses – Tips on how to reduce stress, suffering and ease handling (2021) (Eyes on Animals O/S)
  • Temple Grandin: Clarifying welfare guidance (Meat+Poultry O/S)
Animals in aquaculture
Animals in research & teaching
  • Mice may ‘catch’ each other’s pain — and pain relief (Science News O/S)
  • How many mice and rats are used in U.S. labs? Controversial study says more than 100 million (Science O/S)
  • Mouse Exchange wins national award for openness in animal research (University of Southampton O/S)
Animals in racing & sport
  • Dog days of Florida come to an end, with total demise of U.S. greyhound racing within sight (NBC News O/S)
Animals in zoos, aquaria & the wild
  • Lost pigeon puts animal welfare in the spotlight (The Age)
  • A moo-ving target: fenceless grazing widens possibilities for cows and wildlife (Guardian O/S)
  • How Covid has plunged Asia’s captive elephants into fresh crisis (Guardian O/S)
  • Aquarium agrees to delay beluga whale delivery amid lawsuit (ABC O/S)
  • PETA labeled an LSU researcher a bird-killer. She’s pushing back against the ‘lies’ (The Advocate O/S)
Pets & companion animals
  • Why you should desex your cat before puberty (Univ Sydney)
  • More than 1,500 hens and cockerels bought during lockdown have been dumped and abandoned amid fears over return of bird flu, RSPCA warns (Daily Mail O/S)
Podcasts & presentations


  • What A Delay On Canada’s Gestation Crate Ban Will Mean For Pig Welfare (Swineweb O/S)
  • A Glimmer of Hope for Animal Welfare in Europe (Slow Food O/S)
  • Ohio Governor Signs Bill Requiring Cross-Reporting of Animal and Child Abuse (Animal Welfare Institute O/S)
  • EU states can ban kosher and halal ritual slaughter, court rules (Politico O/S)
  • Europe’s push for an animal welfare label risks an epic trade dispute (The Hill O/S)
  • Omnibus Spending for Fiscal Year 2021 Includes Gains for Animals (Animal Welfare Institute O/S)
  • EU parliament decides fate of ‘veggie meat’ (Pig Progress O/S)
  • Hayes, M.E.; Hemsworth, L.M.; Morrison, R.S.; Butler, K.L.; Rice, M.; Rault, J.-L.; Hemsworth, P.H. Effects of Positive Human Contact during Gestation on the Behaviour, Physiology and Reproductive Performance of Sows. Animals 2021, 11, 214. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani11010214 (registering DOI)
  • FAO Sustainable Livestock Tech Network Newsletter (FAO O/S)
  • Christley, R.M.; Murray, J.K.; Anderson, K.L.; Buckland, E.L.; Casey, R.A.; Harvey, N.D.; Harris, L.; Holland, K.E.; McMillan, K.M.; Mead, R.; Owczarczak-Garstecka, S.C.; Upjohn, M.M. Impact of the First COVID-19 Lockdown on Management of Pet Dogs in the UK. Animals 2021, 11, 5. https://www.mdpi.com/2076-2615/11/1/5
  • Animal Sentience and Emotions: The Argument for Universal Acceptance of Sentience (PETA)
  • Alexander Pekin, Hester Rynhoud, Bradley Brennan, Ricardo J. Soares Magalhães. Dog bite Emergency department presentations in Brisbane metro south: Epidemiology and exploratory medical geography for targeted interventions,One Health,Volume 12,2021,100204,ISSN 2352-7714. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.onehlt.2020.100204
  • The Animals’ Manifesto – Preventing COVID-X . Foreword by Jane Goodall. https://pub.lucidpress.com/1c6e4a02-2bae-4656-a238-333d956dc2a0/#_0

Conferences, Seminars & Events

  • Webinar: Animal welfare supporting sustainable production. Looking at the roles of  animal welfare to address key challenges for livestock in the future: sustainable production and use of antimicrobials. A group of qualified experts (inc Linda Keeling)  from different sectors will discuss on-the-ground and higher-level policy action on how animal welfare can and should be used to tackle current global challenges. Jan 27, 2021 02:00 PM EU time. https://fao.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_X5w99oZUQlOxiKksOqbUnA
  • Australian Association of Animal Sciences  Conference 31/1 – 3/2. Barnett memorial lecture – Caroline Lee “Ensuring new technologies such as virtual fencing are welfare—friendly.” Day 4 program (welfare morning) http://www.animalscienceconference.com.au/home/2021-program/#Day4
  • Nat Livestock Wellbeing Seminar Series. Tuesday 9 February 2021 – Infection Resilience (Univ Adel)
  • Animal welfare assessment contest goes virtual (AVMA O/S)
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