News 12 - 25 January 2023

  • New US Legislation Prioritizes Emergency Preparedness to Help Farm Animals and Taxpayers (AWI O/S)
Cattle in beef & dairy production
Pigs in pork production
Poultry in meat & egg production
  • Update - National Chicken Council Broiler Welfare Guidelines and Audit Checklist (National Chicken Council O/S)
  • ‘Please don’t get a chicken’: New Zealand egg shortage sparks scramble for poultry (The Guardian)
  • Colony cages: the struggle continues for chickens (SPCA NZ O/S)
  • Belgian region ends force-feeding as last foie gras farm closes (Euractiv O/S)
  • Focus - higher welfare in poultry production (Poultry World O/S)
  • Lasers could encourage broiler movement, welfare (Watt Poultry O/S)
Sheep in meat & wool production
  • Shearing worker shortage leads to sheep crutching invention at Springleigh Station (ABC)
Animals in transit & at slaughter
  • RSPCA renews calls for CCTV in slaughterhouses in Wales (Wales Farmer O/S)
  • The biggest animal welfare crisis you’ve never heard of (Vox O/S)
  • Animal activist group asks FSIS for more regulation of ‘Custom Exempt’ slaughter (Food Safety News O/S)
  • EU member states aim to thwart live animal transport ban (Euractiv O/S)
Animals in aquaculture and wild caught
  • Wild Fish Feel Pain — But They Have No Welfare Protections (Sentient Media O/S)
  • Study aims to improve welfare of Europe's top five farmed fish (The Fish Site O/S)
Animals in research & teaching
Animals in racing, sports & work
  • NSW won’t review decision to allow ‘inhumane’ greyhound breeding technique (The Guardian)
  • Painful and invasive racing greyhound breeding technique should be banned, vets say (The Guardian)
  • Australian Veterinary Association strengthens policy against the use of whips on horses (The Guardian)
  • Renewed calls for the Government to ban rodeo after three animal deaths (NZ Herald O/S)
  • Though Rodeos May Seem Fun, They Cause Immense Abuse to Horses and Cattle (GreenMatters O/S)
  • World Horse Welfare clearly have an agenda – our leaders should stand up to them not do their bidding (The Sun O/S)
Animals in zoos, aquaria & the wild
  • Is It Ethical to Hunt Captive Lions? (Smithsonian Magazine O/S)
  • Dublin Zoo largely cleared of animal welfare concerns after investigation ( O/S)
  • Egypt zoo overhaul plan raises animal welfare fears (BBC O/S)
Pets & companion animals
  • Inside the world of organised crime and extreme dog breeding (BBC O/S)
  • France bans ‘training’ dog collars that cause pain to animals (The Connexion O/S)
Podcasts & presentations
  • National Primary Industries Animal Welfare Research, Development and Extension Strategy Research Snapshots 2022 – presentations (NAWRDES)
  • Who We Eat  ( O/S)
  • Animal-friendly laws are gaining traction across the U.S. (National Geographic O/S)
  • Animal welfare laws threatened by new bill – RSPCA UK (Agriland O/S)
  • Who Do We Eat? – the EU Animal Welfare Legislation Under Review (Slowfood O/S)
  • Halal and kosher meat labelling reforms under consideration, MPs told (Evening Standard O/S)
  • World Animal Protection appoints new Head of Global Celebrity & Influencer Relations (PR Newswire O/S)
  • Domínguez-Oliva, A.; Mota-Rojas, D.; Semendric, I.; Whittaker, A.L. The Impact of Vegan Diets on Indicators of Health in Dogs and Cats: A Systematic Review. Vet. Sci. 2023, 10, 52.
  • Cassandra N. Reedman, Todd F. Duffield, Trevor J. DeVries, Kerry D. Lissemore and Charlotte B. Winder. Graduate Student Literature Review: Role of pain mitigation on the welfare of dairy calves undergoing disbudding. J. Dairy Sci. 105:6809–6819.

Conferences, Seminars & Events

  • AWP25 Webinars “Achieving Change in the Animal Protection Movement” February 6th  2023 12 pm PT  (Commences 7.00am AEDT 7th February 2023) (UBC)
  • Calf Care & Quality Assurance: A New Tool for Calf Raisers February 7th 2023, 5.00am AEDT (Register)
  • 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)
  • Queensland Animal Ethics Committee training and networking day. 17th March, 9.00 – 16.30 AET, QUT Kelvin Grove Campus. (Registration details $35)
  • 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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