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News 14 - 27 October 2021

  • Farming without fences the future of agriculture (ABC)
  • 67 Best & Worst Countries For Animal Rights (2021) (Swiftest O/S)
  • Vet survey reveals serious challenges ahead for profession (Farmers’ Weekly O/S)
Cattle in beef & dairy production
  • Dairy industry must address surplus calf issue (Farm Online)
Pigs in pork production
  • Review: The Five Domains model and promoting positive welfare in pigs (Animal)
  • Finding Effective Enrichments for Group Housed Sows (Prairie Swine Center O/S)
  • The impact of sow lameness on piglets (Pig Progress O/S)
  • Sow Death Loss: What’s Beneath the Iceberg? (Pork Business O/S)
  • UK MP seeks to alleviate pig crisis (The Pig Site O/S)
  • The Humane Society of the United States sues world's largest pork producer for misleading consumers (Cision O/S)
  • Artificial Intelligence Offers Opportunity to Improve Animal Welfare Real Time (Swine Web O/S)
  • Family Feeding Matters: A Collaborative Project Inspired by Natural Sow-Piglet Behaviours to Ease Weaning Transition (The Pig Site O/S)
Poultry in meat & egg production
  • Cage-free layer houses are not ‘alternative’ anymore (Watt Poultry O/S)
  • Beak trimming – the way ahead for the UK (Poultry World O/S)
  • Transitioning to non beak-tipped flocks (Poultry World O/S)
  • Burger King tests market with vegan plant-based nuggets (Poultry World O/S)
  • The EVERY Company, Launches the World's First Animal-Free Egg Protein (Every Co O/S)
Sheep in meat & wool production
Animals in transit & at slaughter
  • Romania pushes live-animal exports despite EU criticism (EU Observer O/S)
Animals in aquaculture
  • Why Fish Welfare Matters: The Evidence For Fish Sentience (CIWF O/S)
Animals in research & teaching


Animals in racing, sports & work
  • ‘No intention to harm’: Baker stable staff disqualified over cruelty charges (SMH)
  • Community groups in some states rehoming more greyhounds than industry programs, report suggests (The Guardian)
  • Cox Plate defending champion Sir Dragonet euthanised after trackwork injury (The Guardian)
Animals in zoos, aquaria & the wild
  • Filmmakers On a Mission to Save Australia’s Kangaroos (Animal Welfare Institute O/S)
  • Australia Begins Vaccinating Hundreds of Koalas Against Chlamydia in New Trial (Smithsonian O/S)
  • Laughing Badger: Tradition - or senseless slaughter? (In your area O/S)
  • Devastated fishers 'tearing their hair out' over Coorong seals as cull calls go national (ABC)
Pets & companion animals
  • Climate change is going to make life harder for dogs and cats (Salon O/S)
  • Dog owners could face jail, $27,000 fines for putting pets on vegetarian diet (NY Post O/S)
  • How much does it cost to own a dog? Here's what I spent in my first two months (ABC)
Podcasts & presentations
  • Colin Bisset's Iconic Designs: Temple Grandin (ABC)
  • Hen welfare - Robert Dixon Animal Welfare Symposium recorded 22 September 2021 University of Sydney (ABC)
  • How can we improve young calf welfare? – Andrew Fisher (FVAS UniMelb)
  • Podcast: Employee training and impact on pig welfare (Pig Progress O/S)
  • 10 Crucial Reasons To Never Eat ‘Cheap’ Meat – Philip Lymbery (Philip Lymbery Blog O/S)
  • EFSA: Better animal welfare for all (The Parliament O/S)
  • Why French government agreement marks historic day for animal welfare (The Connexion O/S)
  • Farming and animal welfare bodies condemn lack of clarity in Government response to TAC report (Pig World O/S)
  • Notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar's hippos recognised as'legal persons' by US court (ABC)
  • Coller Animal Law Forum (CALF) interactive database (CALF O/S)
  • Book - One Welfare in Practice - The Role of the Veterinarian. Edited By Tanya Stephens. (CRC Press)
  • Are we ready for plant-based diets? (National Libraries for Agri-Food O/S)
  • How can plant-based burgers be made to taste exactly like meat? Scientists try to crack the code (ABC)
  • “Ministers just went blindly ahead”: The woman trying to stop a mass cull of Britain’s pigs (New Statesman O/S)
  • Now, more than ever, we need a ‘just transition’ for intensive livestock (Soil Association O/S)
  • Red meat industry probes links between fake meat companies and CSIRO (Farm Online)
  • Magdy Adam, Kati Salla, Riikka Aho, Laura Hänninen, Suvi Taponen, Marianna Norring, Marja Raekallio, Ann-Helena Hokkanen,
  • A comparison of sedative effects of xylazine alone or combined with levomethadone or ketamine in calves prior to disbudding, Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia, 2021. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1467298721002063  
  • Cartes, D.; Strappini, A.; Matamala, F.; Held-Montaldo, R.; Sepúlveda-Varas, P. Responses of Outdoor Housed Dairy Cows to Shade Access during the Prepartum Period under Temperate Summer Conditions. Animals 2021, 11, 2911. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani11102911
  • Desforges, E. Challenges and Solutions Surrounding Environmental Enrichment for Dogs and Cats in a Scientific Environment. Animals 2021, 11, 2980. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani11102980
  • Fernandez, E.J.; Martin, A.L. Animal Training, Environmental Enrichment, and Animal Welfare: A History of Behavior Analysis in Zoos. J. Zool. Bot. Gard. 2021, 2, 531-543. https://doi.org/10.3390/jzbg2040038
  • Göransson, L.; Gunnarsson, S.; Wallenbeck, A.; Yngvesson, J. Behaviour in Slower-Growing Broilers and Free-Range Access on Organic Farms in Sweden. Animals 2021, 11, 2967. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani11102967
  • Han Quang Hanh, Nguyen Thi Phuong, Nguyen Dinh Tien, Dang Thuy Nhung, Philippe Lebailly & Vu Dinh Ton (2021) Effects of Stocking Density in Group Cages on Egg Production, Profitability, and Aggressive Pecking of Hens, Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, DOI: 10.1080/10888705.2021.1983723
  • Hing, S.; Foster, S.; Evans, D. Animal Welfare Risks in Live Cattle Export from Australia to China by Sea. Animals 2021, 11, 2862. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani11102862
  • Iannetti, L.; Romagnoli, S.; Cotturone, G.; Podaliri Vulpiani, M. Animal Welfare Assessment in Antibiotic-Free and Conventional Broiler Chicken. Animals 2021, 11, 2822. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani11102822
  • N.J. Kells. Review: The Five Domains model and promoting positive welfare in pigs, Animal,2021, 100378, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1751731121002214
  • Kelly, K.J.; McDuffee, L.A.; Mears, K. The Effect of Human–Horse Interactions on Equine Behaviour, Physiology, and Welfare: A Scoping Review. Animals 2021, 11, 2782. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani11102782
  • Lange, J.C.; Lange, A.; Knierim, U. Animal Welfare Consequences of Organic Boar Fattening and Occurrence of Boar Taint on Five Commercial Farms. Animals 2021, 11, 2929. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani11102929
  • Klahn, J.A., Zahorsky-Reeves, J. Improved animal welfare is elementary. Lab Anim 50, 299 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41684-021-00869-x
  • Kremer, L., van Reenen, C.G., Engel, B. et al. Developing a feasible and sensitive judgement bias task in dairy cows. Anim Cogn (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10071-021-01563-8
  • Lingens, J.B.; Abd El-Wahab, A.; Ahmed, M.F.E.; Schubert, D.C.; Sürie, C.; Visscher, C. Effects of Early Nutrition of Hatched Chicks on Welfare and Growth Performance: A Pilot Study. Animals 2021, 11, 2888. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani11102888
  • Cartoni Mancinelli, A.; Mattioli, S.; Menchetti, L.; Dal Bosco, A.; Ciarelli, C.; Guarino Amato, M.; Castellini, C. The Assessment of a Multifactorial Score for the Adaptability Evaluation of Six Poultry Genotypes to the Organic System. Animals 2021, 11, 2992. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani11102992
  • Martínez-Burnes, J.; Muns, R.; Barrios-García, H.; Villanueva-García, D.; Domínguez-Oliva, A.; Mota-Rojas, D. Parturition in Mammals: Animal Models, Pain and Distress. Animals 2021, 11, 2960. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani11102960
  • Padrell, M.; Llorente, M.; Amici, F. Invasive Research on Non-Human Primates—Time to Turn the Page. Animals 2021, 11, 2999. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani11102999
  • Palczynski, L.J.; Bleach, E.C.L.; Brennan, M.L.; Robinson, P.A. Stakeholder Perceptions of Disease Management for Dairy Calves: “It’s Just Little Things That Make Such a Big Difference”. Animals 2021, 11, 2829. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani11102829
  • Peixoto, M.R.L.V., Cooley, L. & Widowski, T.M. Maternal age and maternal environment affect stress reactivity and measures of social behaviour in laying hens. Sci Rep 11, 17499 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-96323-6
  • Powdrill-Wells, N.; Taylor, S.; Melfi, V. Reducing Dog Relinquishment to Rescue Centres Due to Behaviour Problems: Identifying Cases to Target with an Advice Intervention at the Point of Relinquishment Request. Animals 2021, 11, 2766. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani11102766
  • Rodriguez-Sanchez, R.; Barnaby, E.; Améndola, L.; Hea, S.-Y.; Smith, B.; Webster, J.; Zobel, G. Voluntary Oral Ingestion of a Sedative Prior to Euthanasia with CO2: Behavioural Responses of Mice. Animals 2021, 11, 2879. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani11102879
  • Tan Sarah M. L., Jajou Sarah, Stellato Anastasia C., Niel Lee. Perspectives of Canadian and American Cat Owners on Provision of Uncontrolled Outdoor Access for Owned Domestic Cats. Frontiers in Veterinary Science.8, 2021, 1252. https://www.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fvets.2021.742245
  • Tucker, B.S.; Craig, J.R.; Morrison, R.S.; Smits, R.J.; Kirkwood, R.N. Piglet Viability: A Review of Identification and Pre-Weaning Management Strategies. Animals 2021, 11, 2902. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani11102902
  • Quain, A.; Ward, M.P.; Mullan, S. Ethical Challenges Posed by Advanced Veterinary Care in Companion Animal Veterinary Practice. Animals 2021, 11, 3010. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani11113010
  • Zufferey, R.; Minnig, A.; Thomann, B.; Zwygart, S.; Keil, N.; Schüpbach, G.; Miserez, R.; Zanolari, P.; Stucki, D. Animal-Based Indicators for On-Farm Welfare Assessment in Sheep. Animals 2021, 11, 2973. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani11102973

Conferences, Seminars & Events

  • REGISTRATION OPEN – Animal Welfare Horizons 2021 (virtual event), 29th November, 9.00am AEST. Register here or visit TAWC Webpage for more details.
  • REGISTRATION OPEN – The National Primary Industries Animal Welfare Strategy – Research Snapshots,  November 30th, 11.00am AEDST – Register here or visit NAWRDES Project Snapshots page for more details
  • Companion Animals NZ Conference 2021. “Towards a Good Life. Oct 28-29 8.30 NZDT. (Register)
  • LIVEXchange, Nov 10 – 11. Darwin. (LIVEXchange)
  • Human-animal interaction before and since Covid-19: lessons & priorities 12 Nov 1 – 3 am AEST (Univ of York)
  • Australasian Pig Science Association Conference. Brisbane, 15 – 18 November. (APSA)
  • ISAE Online Regional Meeting (Africa/Australasia) 1 – 2 December. (Details)
  • World Aquaculture 2020, 5 – 8 December, Singapore (Details)
  • 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)
  • UFAW International Conference, Edinburgh UK June 28-29 (Details)
  • Australian Association of Animal Sciences Conference. 5 – 7 July 2022. (AAAS2022)


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