Marine animals and their welfare

Presentation by:

Dr. Brittany Jones,
Scientist – National Marine Mammal Foundation, California, U.S.A.


Acoustic monitoring for marine mammal health and welfare

A selection of animal welfare news from around the world

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Please note that the articles below do not reflect opinions of TAWC. Although we aim to provide comprehensive coverage, there are likely articles that we’ve missed.

O/S = Overseas source

News 19 May - 1 June 2022

  • MPI working with Southern farmers to manage winter grazing challenges (MPI NZ O/S)
  • World Animal Protection Joins SAFE’s Call For A Commissioner For Animals In Aotearoa (Scoop O/S)
  • Experts call on governments to start including animal welfare in sustainable development governance (CABI O/S)
  • Meta‐analysis and systematic literature review of climate change effects on livestock welfare (EFSA O/S)
Cattle in beef & dairy production
  • The meat and dairy farmers who are going vegan (BBC O/S)
  • Animal activists “sprayed with manure” at UK beef expo (Beef Central)
Pigs in pork production
  • Interview with Mike Mendl: Integrating computer vision with pig welfare (Pig Progress O/S)
  • The time has come to stop castrating piglets overseas (Pig Progress O/S)
  • Necrosis and long tails do not go well together (Pig Progress O/S)
  • Drawbacks of proposed pig welfare changes (Otago Times O/S)
  • Carl Icahn gets only 1 percent of McDonald’s investors to support his campaign on pigs. (NYT O/S)
Poultry in meat & egg production
  • Huge changes for NZ's largest egg business as it moves to free-range (NZ Herald O/S)
  • Sensors reveal effects of perch design on keel fractures (Watt Poultry O/S)
  • Poultry violations at US slaughterhouses (Poultry World O/S)
  • Decoding the labels in the supermarket egg case (Univ Georgia O/S)
  • Novel approach to reduce cold stress in layers (Poultry World O/S)
  • Data shows most companies are meeting cage-free pledges (Watt Poultry O/S)
  • Asia-wide protests against McDonald’s use of cage eggs (Poultry World O/S)
Sheep in meat & wool production
  • Breech ring method lacks industry research support (Sheep Central O/S)
  • Shear desperation: low price of wool pushes UK farmers to opt for moulting sheep (The Guardian O/S)
Animals in transit & at slaughter
  • What will happen to the $136 million live sheep industry now Labor has won the federal election? (ABC)
  • Industry to lobby on live sheep exports and visa access (Sheep Central)
Animals in aquaculture and wild caught
  • Millions Of Salmon Are Suffering And Dying Every Year In Aotearoa's Salmon Farms (Scoop O/S)
  • Kangaroo trade in the balance as international buyers receive mixed messages (ABC)
Animals in research & teaching
  • She experimented on primates for decades. Now she wants to shut down the labs (The Guardian O/S)
  • Study gives animal testing alternatives a confidence boost ( O/S)
  • Hundreds of beagles died at facility before government took action (National Geographic O/S)
Animals in racing, sports & work
  • Australian Greyhounds Are Still Brutally Neglected By Their Trainers, Advocates Say (Vice)
  • Equine Industry and Animal Welfare Organizations Announce Collaborative Effort to Ban Horse Slaughter (Thoroughbred Daily News O/S)
  • Greyhound racing opponents raise concerns about deaths, injuries at Ipswich track and plans for new facility (ABC)
  • Three greyhounds euthanised within eight days after racing on West Australian tracks (ABC)
  • Greyhound race video edited after another dog dies following 'catastrophic' injury (Stuff NZ O/S)
  • Huge Win For Greyhounds in Iowa As State’s Last Racetrack Officially Closes! (One Green Planet O/S)
Animals in zoos, aquaria & the wild
  • England’s action to ban glue traps is a stirring victory for animal protection (HSUS O/S)
  • Court to decide whether Happy the elephant deserves basic human rights (ABC17 News O/S)
  • Is There Such a Thing as Ethical Animal Tourism? (AFAR O/S)
Pets & companion animals
  • PPGA commends proposed QLD ban of prong collars (Vet Practice Mag)
  • Pug health so poor it 'can't be considered a typical dog' – study (BBC O/S)
  • RSPCA UK warns cost of living crisis could lead to record high cases of cat abandonment and abuse (MyLondon O/S)
Podcasts & presentations
  • Global Food Partners: Perspectives of Egg Production in Asia (GFP)
  • A Taste of Whale - Official Trailer (IGN O/S)
  • Animal welfare activists protest ruling on video of factory farm break-in (Fox 13 O/S)
  • Looking after cows on Irish dairy farms (Teagasc O/S)
  • Gene-editing bill 'a serious setback' for animal welfare, RSPCA UK warns (Farming UK O/S)
  • How to protect companion animals in the EU (Brussels Times O/S)
  • Mainstreaming animal welfare in sustainable development (Stockholm Environment Institute O/S)
  • NYC Foie Gras Ban Would Be Financially Devastating, Farms Say in Lawsuit (NBC O/S)
  • Scotland could become "world leader" in animal welfare (TFN O/S)
  • May 2022: Animal Law Animal Law Updates That Improved the World for Animals this Month (One Green Planet O/S)

Conferences, Seminars & Events

  • Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour – Workshop On Ethics Of Animal Behaviour And Welfare Research, online 21-22 June, UK daytime (ASAB)
  • Canine Welfare Science Forum 24 – 25 June (Purdue University, US)
  • 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)
  • 2022 ANZCCART Conference, 26th to 28th July, Melbourne, Victoria. (ANZCCART)
  • 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)
  • 77th WAZA Annual Conference, 23 – 27 October, Tenerife. (Details)
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