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News 13 - 26 May 2021

Cattle in beef & dairy production
Pigs in pork production
  • Science-based solutions to improving pig welfare – Professor Sandra Edwards interview (Pig World O/S)
  • Expert, (John Pluske), speaks on volatility, mega-trends, role of early life in pig productivity and profitability (The Pig Site O/S)
  • Defra confirms it is ‘examining’ farrowing crate ban as new Animal Welfare Action Plan is launched (Pig World O/S)
Poultry in meat & egg production
  • Why a tailored approach is key to good feather cover in layers (Farmers Weekly O/S)
  • 60 million poultry could starve to death in Colombia (Watt Poultry O/S)
  • ‘Foie gras production is not cruel’: Resistance against proposed UK ban on foie gras imports (Food Navigator
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Sheep in meat & wool production
Animals in transit & at slaughter
  • Moving beyond mortality measures  - Sam Brown, LiveCorp (Farm Weekly)
  • Up to $10 million available for innovative live export health solutions (Beef Central)
  • UK to ban live animal exports for slaughter as part of welfare plan (Reuters O/S)
Animals in aquaculture
Animals in research & teaching


Animals in racing & sport


Animals in zoos, aquaria & the wild
  • How to Poison Feral Hogs (And Only Feral Hogs) (The Atlantic O/S)
  • Edinburgh Zoo hit back at animal welfare group who say they are 'not meeting needs' of new giraffes (Daily Record O/S)
  • PETA slammed for ‘bloody stupid ideas’ to NOT kill mice plaguing Aussie farms (MyGC.com.au)
Pets & companion animals
  • No, People Are Not Returning Pandemic Dogs in Droves (New York Times O/S)
  • Cats must be microchipped under animal care plan (BBC O/S)
  • Vegan couple banned from owning dogs after meat-free diet leaves pups severely malnourished (NZ Herald O/S)
  • Britain’s new animal welfare strategy a chance to get it right for horses, says charity (Horse Talk O/S)
Podcasts & presentations
  • Ethics, Extinction and Modern-Day Zoos. In an interview for ABC Radio National, Dr Jenny Gray, CEO of Zoos Victoria and immediate past WAZA President, discusses how modern zoos have evolved, animal welfare and the role of zoos in saving species from extinction. (ABC)
  • Animal Health and Welfare: What role for Animal Nutrition? (EURACTIV)
  • Animals to be formally recognised as sentient beings in domestic law (GOV.UK O/S)
  • Which animals should be considered sentient in the eyes of the law? (The Guardian O/S)
  • Who moved my cheese? The silent battle between vegetarians and vegans (The Guardian O/S)
  • AGCO Agriculture Foundation Presents Second Annual Award and $50,000 Grant to Global Animal Partnership (Capital Press O/S)
  • Animal Welfare Science Centre Newsletter #1 2021 (AWSC)
  • Helping kids deal with animal exploitation on social media (National Geographic O/S)
  • Behavior and Welfare of the Individual Within Large, Commercially-Relevant Groups – Frontiers Research Topic (Frontier)
  • B. Foris, H.-G. Haas, J. Langbein, N. Melzer. Familiarity influences social networks in dairy cows after regrouping. Jnl Dairy Sci. 104 3, pp3485-3494. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3168/jds.2020-18896
  • Sasha L. Winkler & Gregory A. Bryant (2021) Play vocalisations and human laughter: a comparative review, Bioacoustics, DOI: 10.1080/09524622.2021.1905065

Conferences, Seminars & Events

  • DIARY HOLD – Animal Welfare Horizons 2021, Brisbane, December 1st (TAWC)
  • DIARY HOLD – The National Primary Industries Animal Welfare Strategy 11th Annual Forum, Brisbane. December 2nd – Further details to be announced. Express interest on NAWRDES Webpage
  • 88th OIE General Session live Central European Summer Time: Tuesday 25 May from 12:00 pm to 4:30 pm, Wednesday 26 May from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Thursday 27 May from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Friday 28 May from 2:15 pm to 4:00 pm. Register for free at: https://oiegeneralsession88.com/en/sessions?searchtext=&page=1
  • EAZA Animal Welfare Webinar. Confronting Back-of-House Traditions: Primates as a Case Study. May 26, 2021 11:00 AM Central EU Summer-Time. Details
  • ISAE Workshop on Animal Welfare and Neuroscience. 14th Jun 2021 – 16th Jun 2021.  Late Registrations Email
  • Universities Federation for Animal Welfare. Recent advances in animal welfare science VIII. 29-30 June. (UFAW)
  • Canine Science Forum 2021. Virtual meeting 6-9 July. Details HERE
  • ANZCCART Conference 2021 – “Openness in Animal Research”. 25-27 July, Queenstown, NZ. (ANZCCART)
  • Graham Centre Livestock Forum. 30 July. (Graham Centre for Ag Innovation)
  • 54th Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology (on-line). 2 – 6 August. (ISAE 2021)
  • 8th International Conference on The Assessment of Animal Welfare at Farm and Group Level. 16-19 August – Virtual Conference. (WAFL)
  • 11th World Virtual Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences 22-27 August. (WC11)
  • 2021 Animal Welfare Foundation Discussion Forum (Virtual). 15 September. (AWF)
  • One Welfare World Conference – Virtual. 15-16 Sept 2021. (OneWelfareWorld)
  • LIVEXchange, Nov 10 – 11. Darwin. (LIVEXchange)
  • Australasian Pig Science Association Conference. 15 – 18 November. (APSA)
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