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News 9 - 23 February 2023

Pigs in pork production


  • Henning, J., Nielsen, T., Fernandez, E., & Hazel, S. (2023). Cats just want to have fun: Associations between play and welfare in domestic cats. Animal Welfare, 32, E9. doi:10.1017/awf.2023.2
  • I. R. S. Evangelista, L. T. Catajay, A. A. Bandala, R. S. Concepcion II, E. Sybingco and E. P. Dadios, "Exploring Deep Learning for Detection of Poultry Activities — Towards an Autonomous Health and Welfare Monitoring in Poultry Farms," 2023 17th International Conference on Ubiquitous Information Management and Communication (IMCOM), Seoul, Korea, Republic of, 2023, pp. 1-5, doi: 10.1109/IMCOM56909.2023.10035656.
  • Forrest, R.; Awawdeh, L.; Pearson, M.; Waran, N. Pet Ownership in Aotearoa New Zealand: A National Survey of Cat and Dog Owner Practices. Animals 2023, 13, 631.
  • Perino, G., Schwickert, H. Animal welfare is a stronger determinant of public support for meat taxation than climate change mitigation in Germany. Nat Food (2023).
  • Ogi, A.; Gazzano, A. Biomarkers of Stress in Companion Animals. Animals 2023, 13, 660.
  • Schillings J, Bennett R, Wemelsfelder F and Rose DC (2023). Digital Livestock Technologies as boundary objects: Investigating impacts on farm management and animal welfare. Animal Welfare, 32, e17, 1–10
  • Fennell, D.A.; Guo, Y. Ubiquitous Love or Not? Animal Welfare and Animal-Informed Consent in Giant Panda Tourism. Animals 2023, 13, 718.
  • Field Laura, Hemsworth Lauren M., Jongman Ellen, Hunt Ian, Verdon Megan (2023) Observations on the effects of non-maternal adult contact on the behavioural patterns of pre-weaned dairy heifers. Animal Production Science.
  • EFSA AHAW Panel (EFSA Panel on Animal Health and Animal Welfare), Nielsen, SS, Alvarez, J, Bicout, DJ, Calistri, P, Canali, E, Drewe, JA, Garin-Bastuji, B, Gonzales Rojas, JL, Gortázar Schmidt, C, Herskin, M, Miranda Chueca, MA, Padalino, B, Pasquali, P, Roberts, HC, Spoolder, H, Stahl, K, Velarde, A, Viltrop, A, Winckler, C, Estevez, I, Guinebretière, M, Rodenburg, B, Schrader, L, Tiemann, I, Van Niekerk, T, Ardizzone, M, Ashe, S, Hempen, M, Mosbach-Schulz, O, Gimeno Rojo, C, Van der Stede, Y, Vitali, M and Michel, V, 2023. Scientific Opinion on the welfare of laying hens on farm. EFSA Journal 2023; 21( 2):7789, 188 pp.
  • Leach, S., Sutton, R. M., Dhont, K., Douglas, K. M., & Bergström, Z. M. (2023). Changing minds about minds: Evidence that people are too sceptical about animal sentience. Cognition, 230.

Conferences, Seminars & Events

  • RSPCA Animal Welfare Seminar 2023. Quit horsing around: Advancing horse welfare in Australia. Wednesday 22 – 23 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)
  • Postgraduate Workshop on Comparative Animal Law, submission deadline March 15 2023, 25 – 26 May 2023 (University of Kent)
  • AWP25 Webinars “Achieving Change in Research” 6th April  2023 12 pm PDT (Commences 5.00am AEDT 7th April 2023) (UBC)
  • 2023 Animal Welfare Symposium & Workshop – Sustainable Welfare Driving Research by Deakin University, sponsored by Techniplast Australia. 30 – 31 May 2023 (Details TBA)
  • 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)
  • The 3rd Conservation through sustainable use of wildlife conference. 26 – 28 September 2023, Brisbane, Australia. (Details)
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