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News 16 - 29 June 2022

  • What would a national livestock standstill entail? (Sheep Central)
  • Ethicist’s commentary on use of Ventilation Shut Down (Univ Copenhagen O/S)
  • $1million funding boost to RSPCA South Australia to fight animal cruelty (Murray Valley Standard)
  • New Research Identifies Key Differences Between Intentional Animal Abuse and Neglect (AWI O/S)
  • Animal agriculture 'threatens human survival' (Food Manufacture O/S)
Cattle in beef & dairy production
  • Videos emerge of heat stress deaths in US feedlot cattle (Beef Central)
  • Maleny Dairies addresses animal welfare concerns with artificial insemination, adoption (ABC)
Pigs in pork production
  • Comfortable sow, healthier piglets (Teagasc O/S)
  • Study finds mixed litter system, enrichment promotes pig resilience (National Hog Farmer O/S)
  • Pig problems as the NZ debate over farrowing crates continues (Otago Daily Times O/S)
  • Researchers create music as environmental enrichment for pigs (National Hog Farmer O/S)
Poultry in meat & egg production
  • Costco violates animal welfare laws to sell $4.99 chicken, suit says (Washington Post O/S)
  • UK Government confirms consultation into ending cages in farming (Farming UK O/S)
  • Pressure grows on UK egg sector to end beak trimming (Poultry World O/S)
  • Cages for laying hens banned from new coops, to be phased out in existing ones (Times of Israel O/S)
  • Genetically Engineered Hens Made to Kill Their Own Chicks (Epoch Times O/S)
  • From cages to cage free – an industry perspective (Poultry World O/S)
Sheep in meat & wool production
  • Biological defleecing trials produce promising results in 'potential game changer' for wool industry (ABC)
  • UK MPs view mulesing footage as FTA is reviewed (Sheep Central)
  • Non-mulesed premiums of 250 cents lead wool lift (Sheep Central)
  • Gippsland sheep farmer gets 10-year animal ban (Sheep Central)
Animals in transit & at slaughter
  • Ban on ritual slaughter rejected by Brussels Parliament (Brussels Times O/S)
Animals in aquaculture and wild caught
Animals in research & teaching
Animals in racing, sports & work
  • Racing greyhounds to be monitored from birth to retirement by e-tracking system in NSW (ABC)
  • Greyhound racing: despite waning public support, governments are spending big to keep the industry running (The Conversation)
  • Equestrian leaders to address public perception of horse sport (HorseTalk O/S)
  • Horse welfare charity head says racing faces 'very difficult problem' over whip (Racing Post O/S)
Animals in zoos, aquaria & the wild
  • Animal welfare groups sue US retailers allegedly selling banned kangaroo leather shoes (The Guardian)
  • Giraffes simply don’t belong in zoos – no wild animals do! (Born Free O/S)
Pets & companion animals
  • Dogs Regulate Their Behavior Like Kids Do (Tech Networks)
  • Sheep Lost in the Wild for Years Unrecognizable After 57lbs of Wool Sheared (Newsweek)
Podcasts & presentations
  • Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It’s So Hard to Think Straight About Animals – Hal Herzog (Univ Guelph)
  • Research Briefing: The use of cages for farmed animals (UK Parliament O/S)
  • Parois, S.P., Van Der Zande, L.E., Knol, E.F. et al. A multi-suckling system combined with an enriched housing environment during the growing period promotes resilience to various challenges in pigs. Sci Rep 12, 6804 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-10745-4
  • Resare Sahlin, K., Trewern, J. A systematic review of the definitions and interpretations in scientific literature of ‘less but better’ meat in high-income settings. Nat Food 3, 454–460 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s43016-022-00536-5
  • Stygar Anna H., Krampe Caspar, Llonch Pol, Niemi Jarkko K. TITLE=How Far Are We From Data-Driven and Animal-Based Welfare Assessment? A Critical Analysis of European Quality Schemes. Frontiers in Animal Science, 3, 2022. https://www.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fanim.2022.874260
  • Kirsi-Marja Swan, Helena Telkänranta, Camilla Munsterhjelm, Olli Peltoniemi, Anna Valros. Access to chewable materials during lactation affects sow behaviour and interaction with piglets. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, Volume 234, 2021, 105174. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0168159120302628

Conferences, Seminars & Events

  • 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)
  • Dr. Lotta Berg (Swedish Uni Ag Sci) –”Compliance with Animal Welfare Regulations: Drivers and Consequences” 9 July 2.00am AEST (Univ Guelph)
  • 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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