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News 13 - 26 January 2022

  • Red Tractor digs into consumer perceptions of animal welfare: ‘The majority of shoppers don’t want to know too much’ (Food Navigator O/S)
Cattle in beef & dairy production
  • How much disruption will Omicron have on the cattle and beef industry? (Beef Central)
  • Michigan State University to host 6th International Symposium on Beef Cattle Welfare as a Webinar Series (Bovine Vet Online (O/S)
  • Calf pilot plans solutions for end of bull calf euthanasia (Farming UK O/S)
  • Is This a Happy Cow? (Vice O/S)
  • ‘Fitbits’ on cows? How technology and health monitoring helps dairy farmers (AgDaily O/S)
  • Last year’s drought and this winter’s supply-chain snags create feed-shortage crisis for Western cattle producers (The Globe & Mail O/S)
  • The beef consumer of tomorrow is evolving (Kansas Farmer O/S)
Pigs in pork production
  • Why California’s ‘great bacon crisis’ has yet to arrive (The Guardian O/S)
Poultry in meat & egg production
  • Millions of layers in Argentina die of heatstroke (Watt Poultry O/S)
  • Pest control: a new focus for cage-free system manufacturers (Poultry World O/S)
  • China’s Egg Industry Moves Towards Cage-Free Production (Plant Based News O/S)
  • UK egg size campaign gains ground (The Poultry Site O/S)
  • Animal Protection Activists Intensify Laying Hens’ Welfare Campaign (Nigerian Tribune O/S)
Sheep in meat & wool production
  • All options on AWI’s table to solve sheep shearing crisis (Sheep Central)
  • MLA project to aid non-mulesing sheep producers (Sheep Central)
  • Nicola Sturgeon to raise awareness of sheep-worrying laws (Farmers Weekly O/S)
Animals in transit & at slaughter
  • New tech to improve welfare in Australian live export industry (The Countryman)
  • Woolworths to resume processing meat at Teys Australia's Naracoorte abattoir (ABC)
  • Irish farm groups hail European vote result on export of live animal (Irish Times O/S)
  • EU parliament restricts live animal transports (DW O/S)
Animals in aquaculture
  • How heat shock therapy can create a paradigm shift in aquaculture (The Fish Site O/S)
Animals in research & teaching
  • Virtual global webcast “Animal Welfare Challenges in Research and Education on Wildlife, Non-Model Animal Species and Biodiversity”. Feb 9-10 See events below (Agenda)
Animals in racing, sports & work
  • A sport on its last legs - can greyhound racing in New Zealand survive? (StuffNZ O/S)
  • Rodeo sport of calf roping causes stress, fear and should be banned: RSPCA (ABC)
Animals in zoos, aquaria & the wild
  • Guidelines streamline wild dog management under organic certification in the NT (Beef Central)
  • Victorian dingo opponents aim to remain vigilant (Sheep Central)
Pets & companion animals
  • Pets prove to be the pandemic’s cute, furry growth area (The Guardian O/S)
  • New Law Banning Dog-Chaining Takes Effect In Texas—And Dominates On Facebook (Forbes O/S)
  • Pets the latest sacrifice in China’s attempt to hold fortress COVID-zero (The Age)
  • The Use of Shock Collars on Dogs (Psychology Today O/S)
  • Taste of summer not always good for canine companions (Canberra Times)
  • ‘Pounds overflowing’: Dogs being dumped as workers return to office (SMH)
  • Who will take your pet when you die? COVID has more owners making plans (Twin Tiers.com O/S)
Podcasts & presentations
  • A quiet but decisive revolution in zoos puts animal welfare ahead of the pack (Iowa Public Radio O/S)
  • Resource or Relation? Indigenous perspectives on animals. Dr. Jesse Popp. A seminar co-hosted with the University of Guelph's Department of Integrative Biology, as part of a mini-series on Indigenous views on animals. (Univ Guelph)
  • Exploring connections between cognition and welfare in farmed animals, Dr Rebecca Meagher. Campbell Center for the Study of AW. 27 Jan, 4.30am AEDST Zoom (Univ Guelph)
  • EU to vote on live export ban of calves (Independent.ie O/S)
  • UK government puts animal welfare policies on pause (The Guardian O/S)
  • Outrage As Hunts To Be Made Exempt From Animal Welfare Bill (Keep the Ban O/S)
  • NSW Draft Animal Welfare Bill 2022 (NSW DPI)
  • High-level conference to shape EU animal welfare legislation (Pig333 O/S)
  • Germany plans state animal welfare label on meat in shops (Successful Farming O/S)
  • France: Farms required to designate an animal welfare reference person (Pig333 O/S)
  • ‘Poorly conceived’ trophy hunting bill puts wildlife at risk, UK government told (The Guardian O/S)
  • An animal rights activist was in court on criminal charges. Why was the case suddenly dismissed? (The Guardian O/S)
  • Cow review – Andrea Arnold’s deeply moving chronicle of the life of a dairy cow (The Guardian O/S)
  • The big idea: should animals have the same rights as humans? (The Guardian O/S)
  • Milk without the cow: Cellular agriculture could be the future of farming, but dairy farmers need help (The Conversation O/S)
  • Opinion: The paddock of horror near my home is an example of our lax animal laws. (Stuff NZ O/S)
  • Opinion: California’s ham-fisted war on pork offers some useful lessons (Washington Post O/S)
  • Restaurants saved 700K animals with plant-based offerings last year. More options are coming in 2022 (USA Today  O/S)
  • ISAE Papers by members, Rodents, Sows, Dairy Cattle (ISAE)
  • V.J. Brookes, O. Wismandanu, E. Sudarnika, J.A. Roby, L. Hayes, M.P. Ward, C. Basri, H. Wibawa, J. Davis, D. Indrawan, J. Manyweathers, W.S. Nugroho, S. Windria, M. Hernandez-Jover. A scoping review of live wildlife trade in markets worldwide. Science of The Total Environment, 819, 2022, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048969722001334
  • Ebinghaus, A.; Matull, K.; Knierim, U.; Ivemeyer, S. Associations between Dairy Herds’ Qualitative Behavior and Aspects of Herd Health, Stockperson and Farm Factors—A Cross-Sectional Exploration. Animals 2022, 12, 182. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani12020182
  • Feliu, O.; Masip, M.; Maté, C.; Sánchez-López, S.; Crailsheim, D.; Kalcher-Sommersguter, E. Behavioural Development of Three Former Pet Chimpanzees a Decade after Arrival at the MONA Sanctuary. Animals 2022, 12, 138. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani12020138
  • Hewitt, L.; Small, A. Welfare of Farmed Crocodilians: Identification of Potential Animal-Based Measures Using Elicitation of Expert Opinion. Animals 2021, 11, 3450. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani11123450
  • King, T.; Flint, H.E.; Hunt, A.B.G.; Werzowa, W.T.; Logan, D.W. Effect of Music on Stress Parameters in Dogs during a Mock Veterinary Visit. Animals 2022, 12, 187. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani12020187
  • F. Menuge, M. Marcet-Rius, C. Chabaud, E. Teruel, C. Berthelot, G. Kalonji, C. Bienboire-Frosini, T. Mendonça, E. Lascar, P. Pageat. Repeated separations between a future guide dog and its foster family modify stress-related indicators and affect dog’s focus. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 244, 2021, 105486, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.applanim.2021.105486
  • Nery da Silva, A.; Silva Araujo, M.; Pértille, F.; Zanella, A.J. How Epigenetics Can Enhance Pig Welfare? Animals 2022, 12, 32. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani12010032
  • Shaw, M.N.; McLeod, E.M.; Borrie, W.T.; Miller, K.K. Human Positioning in Close-Encounter Photographs and the Effect on Public Perceptions of Zoo Animals. Animals 2022, 12, 11. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani12010011
  • Sweeney, S.; Regan, Á.; McKernan, C.; Benson, T.; Hanlon, A.; Dean, M. Current Consumer Perceptions of Animal Welfare across Different Farming Sectors on the Island of Ireland. Animals 2022, 12, 185. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani12020185

Conferences, Seminars & Events

  • Animal welfare scientists’ attitudes across species and industries 8 Feb – 3.30am AEDST.  (Univ Guelph)
  • National Academies of Sciences Virtual global webcast “Animal Welfare Challenges in Research and Education on Wildlife, Non-Model Animal Species and Biodiversity”. Feb 10-11 02.00 AEDST (Register)
  • The Great Livestock Industry Day Out 11 Feb, Fremantle (WALRC)
  • RSPCA Australia Animal Welfare Seminar 2022 – Animal welfare in a changing climate 16 – 17 February 2022 (Details)
  • European Assn of Zoos and Aquaria first Animal Welfare Forum. 21 – 24 March 2022,The Netherlands. (EAZA)
  • 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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