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News 10 - 23 March 2022

Cattle in beef & dairy production
  • Dairy farmers in England to be paid for vet visits (Dairy Global O/S)
  • BBC hit with complaints over ‘heartbreaking’ Panorama documentary on cow abuse that left viewers ‘shocked to the core’ (Metro O/S)
Pigs in pork production
  • Project SoundWel aims to understand the encoding of emotion in pig vocalisations (Project SoundWel O/S)
  • UK launches pig welfare training platform (The Pig Site O/S and ADHB O/S)
  • The new challenge of crate-free housing in farrowing (Pig 333 O/S)
  • Nip in the bud (Teagasc O/S)
  • Faster processing speeds approved at three US pork plants (The Pig Site o/S)
Poultry in meat & egg production
  • Through the hen’s eyes: $1 million grant to improve cage-free housing for egg laying (Purdue Univ O/S)
  • ‘They’re cooking them alive’: calls to ban ‘cruel’ killing methods on US farms (The Guardian O/S)
  • In Ovo raises money to end male chick culling (Watt Poultry O/S)
  • Ukraine Farming: 3 million hens could die of starvation (Watt Poultry O/S)
  • Science-based criteria could improve poultry welfare (Watt Poultry O/S)
Sheep in meat & wool production
  • Sheep Sustainability Framework announces new Steering Group members, new Chair and new Board representatives (The Sheep Site)
  • Life bans and $225,000 in fines for sheep cruelty (Sheep Central)
Animals in transit & at slaughter
  • Live export sector offers virtual tours for Australians (Sheep Central)
  • Live Export Vet Reports Show Welfare Issues Are Still Widespread (Scoop NZ O/S)
Animals in aquaculture and wild caught
  • Conservationists call for ban on explosives to scare seals at salmon farm in federal waters off Tasmania (The Guardian)
Animals in research & teaching


Animals in racing, sports & work
  • Cheltenham Festival defends safety record after horse deaths (BBC O/S)
Animals in zoos, aquaria & the wild
  • Why is the EU under pressure to ban kangaroo products and how will it affect Australia? (The Guardian O/S)
  • Victorian dingo opponents organise public meeting (Sheep Central)
  • The other tragedy in Ukraine: animals in zoos and shelters are getting killed. So are their keepers (ZME Science O/S)
Pets & companion animals
  • The Red Cross and Humane Society International have launched an unprecedented agreement to get vital pet supplies into Ukraine to alleviate animal welfare crisis (CISION O/S)
  • Feral pest inquiry response shuts down cat curfew but urges owners to keep pets contained (ABC)
  • Crucial role of working equines in coping with climate change outlined (HorseTalk NZ O/S)
  • Is breeding bulldogs cruel? Animal groups debate how to make them healthier (NPR O/S)
Podcasts & presentations
  • ABC Radio: Country Hour segment with interview with Dr Jed Goodfellow on the Australian Alliance for Animals animal welfare agenda. (ABC - starts at 33.23)
  • IOWA - Federal judge finds another Iowa ag-gag law unconstitutional, as animal welfare groups try to expose abuse (AP O/S)
  • Groundbreaking UN Resolution Connects Animal Welfare and Environmental Sustainability For The First Time (Green Queen O/S)
  • Ukrainian refugees: UK set to waive red tape for pets (The Independent O/S)
  • Animals farmed: an egg a day for everyone, avian flu vaccines and dairy cruelty (The Guardian O/S)
  • Assume that animals have feelings too, say cognitive biologists (Phys.org O/S)
  • 'I'm out here risking my life': Brave volunteers are neck-deep saving animals (9 News)
  • OPINION Peter Singer - Is the meat industry running scared? (SMH)
  • Tenth Annual Business Benchmark On Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW O/S)
  • Tenth Annual Business Benchmark On Farm Animal Welfare: Four Out Of Five Companies Have Policies In Place, But The Food Industry Must Move Faster To Deliver Meaningful Welfare Impacts (CIWF O/S)
  • Browning, H., & Birch, J. (2022). Animal sentience. Philosophy Compass, e12822. https://doi.org/10.1111/phc3.12822
  • Burani, C., Pelosi, A. & Valsecchi, P. A promising novel judgement bias test to evaluate affective states in dogs (Canis familiaris). Anim Cogn (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10071-021-01596-z
  • M.L Cobb, A. Carter, A. Lill, P.C. Bennett. Perceived importance of specific kennel management practices for the provision of canine welfare, Applied Animal Behaviour Science, Volume 249, 2022, 105591, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0168159122000491
  • Dahl-Pedersen Kirstin. Danish Cattle Farmers' Experience With Fitness for Transport – A Questionnaire Survey. Frontiers in Veterinary Science, 9, 2022. https://www.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fvets.2022.797149
  • C. Duranton, A. Horowitz. Let me sniff! Nosework induces positive judgment bias in pet dogs. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, Volume 211, 2019, Pages 61-66. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.applanim.2018.12.009
  • Elizabeth S. Paul, William Browne, Michael T. Mendl, Gina Caplen, Anna Trevarthen, Suzanne Held, Christine J. Nicol. Assessing animal welfare: a triangulation of preference, judgement bias and other candidate welfare indicators. Animal Behaviour, Volume 186, 2022, Pages 151-177. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2022.02.003

Conferences, Seminars & Events

  • European Assn of Zoos and Aquaria first Animal Welfare Forum. 21 – 24 March 2022,The Netherlands. (EAZA)
  • Animal Welfare Concerns with Dog Breeding – Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre Webinar. 30 March, 6.00 AEDT. (SJDAWC)
  • ReTHINKING Animal Behavior and Handling – Dr. Temple Grandin, Professor of Animal Sciences at Colorado State University.  REAL Science Lecture Series. 6 April 12.00am AEST (Balchem O/S)
  • The International Forum for the Aftercare of Racehorses (IFAR) sixth conference Webinar #1 – 5 April 8.00pm AEST (IFAR)
  • The International Forum for the Aftercare of Racehorses (IFAR) sixth conference Webinar #2 – 19 April 8.00pm AEST (IFAR)
  • 2nd Australian Biosecurity Symposium, Gold Coast, 3 – 5 May 2022. (Registration)
  • 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)
  • 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)
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