A selection of animal welfare news from around the world

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News 20 October - 2 November 2022

  • Animal welfare trends in Canadian food industry troubling: Report (Food Canada O/S)
  • Greenstock’s Anna Speer highlights biggest consumer trends (Beef Central)
  • Scientists called on to sign ‘Dublin Declaration’ supporting balanced view on meat (Beef Central)
  • The Dublin Declaration of Scientists on The Societal Role of Livestock (Dublin Declaration O/S)
  • Species-specific tips to livestock advocacy (Dakota Farmer O/S)
  • Warnings of animal well-being, food safety at risk in UK (Watt Poultry O/S)
  • Animal welfare trends in Canadian food industry troubling: Report (Food Canada (O/S)
  • Animal welfare, religious slaughtering practices in spotlight at European Union session (Washington Times O/S)
Cattle in beef & dairy production
  • Dairy vs beef production – expert views on welfare of cattle in common food production systems (animal O/S)
  • Dairy Beef Welfare Scheme a 'step in the wrong direction' (Irish Farmers Journal O/S)
  • Yungngora Association handed suspended $250,000 fine for animal cruelty after Noonkanbah cattle deaths (ABC)
  • Dealing with downer cows (Farmers Guardian O/S)
Pigs in pork production
  • New Defra-funded project to develop automated pig welfare system (Farming UK O/S)
  • New To Netflix: ‘Hogwood’ Documentary Exposes Animal Abuse On UK Pig Farms (Plant Based News O/S)
Poultry in meat & egg production
  • Bird flu: poultry to be kept indoors in England ‘until further notice’ (The Guardian O/S)
  • Production levels of higher welfare poultry grow in UK (Poultry World O/S)
  • Scottish scientists develop ways to measure bone quality in poultry (Agriland O/S)
  • Egg prices rise as chickens move to roomier digs (Stuff NZ O/S)
  • Denmark bids farewell to cage egg production (Eurogroup for animals O/S)
  • Egg farm to raise male layer chicks for meat production (Watt Poultry O/S)
  • Undercover Footage Shows Lidl’s Cheap Chicken Makes Farmed Animals Pay the Price (Sentient Media O/S)
  • Production levels of higher welfare poultry grow in UK (Poultry World O/S)
  • Animal welfare: EU countries call for ban on killing male chicks (The Brussels Times O/S)
  • Simmons Foods shares how to build customer trust (Watt Poultry O/S)
Sheep in meat & wool production
  • Quick ewe assessment key to boosting lamb survival (MLA)
  • Numnuts Takes Lamb Pain Relief Discussion Direct to Sheep Farmers (Newsmaker)
  • Shearers take boat across Murray River floodwaters to help give marooned sheep life-saving trim (ABC)
Animals in transit & at slaughter
  • Melbourne Cup day horse freight thrown into chaos as livestock stopped from travelling on Spirit of Tasmania (ABC)
  • Spirit of Tasmania operator found guilty of animal welfare breaches over deaths of 16 polo ponies (The Guardian)
  • Are your calves ready for the long haul? (Farm Progress O/S)
Animals in aquaculture and wild caught
  • Crowding-induced stress gives mackerel the blues (Phys.org O/S)
  • As Humane Slaughter Come to Aquaculture, Is Animal Welfare At a Tipping Point? (Green Queen O/S)
  • Art installation at Westminster Hall puts fish welfare in focus (The Fish Site O/S)
Animals in research & teaching
  • Activists see red over Iceland's blood mares (Phys.org O/S)
  • Australia Could Lead the World in Animal Testing Alternatives (One Green Planet O/S)
  • Harvard studies on infant monkeys draw fire, split scientists (Science O/S)
  • PETA asks federal officials to investigate Cornell’s animal welfare practices (Ithaca Voice O/S)
  • How to Report on Animal Research Fairly and Transparently (The Open Notebook O/S)
Animals in racing, sports & work
  • Interest in Melbourne Cup slips with more than half of Australians uninterested, poll suggests (The Guardian)
  • If farmers are serious about animal welfare, they should give up on rodeos (Stuff NZ)
  • Protection for horse welfare in Western Australia (Just Horse Racing)
  • Horse Welfare, Key Point of Discussion at 2022 IDRC / IDTC General Assembly (Eurodressage O/S)
  • UK Greyhounds board chairman hits out at 'animal rights agenda' of RSPCA (Racing Post O/S)
  • Greyhound Racing in Australia: An Ethical Sport? (Dogtime)
  • Greyhound Racing New Zealand hits back at SPCA call to end greyhound racing (Aust Racing Greyhound)
  • Opinion: Rodeo industry cannot be trusted to practice compassion(Mercury News O/S)
  • Independent Australia)
Animals in zoos, aquaria & the wild
  • ‘Dying of boredom’: the fight to release Thailand’s shopping mall gorilla (The Guardian O/S)
  • Lion Cub-Petting Study Finds Alarming Welfare Concerns in Animal Tourism Industry (GlobeNewswire O/S)
  • Victorian election, Animal Welfare Scorecard (Aust Alliance for Animals)
  • Has Iceland had its last whaling season? (National Geographic O/S)
  • Born Free investigation finds South Lakes Safari Zoo 'fails to meet basic standards' of animal welfare (The Mail O/S)
Pets & companion animals
  • Cost of living: Why more Australians are giving up their pets (BBC O/S)
  • Animal adoptions rise after surrenders from non-pet-friendly rentals (ABC)
Podcasts & presentations
  • Pandemic Puppies: A Canine Welfare Timebomb?- Dr. Rowena Packer, Royal Vet College (Uni Guelph)
  • Charities combine strength for the benefit of horse welfare (World Horse Welfare O/S)
  • Establishing an Inspector-General of animal welfare (DAFF)
  • Animal Welfare Amendment Bill 2022 (Tasmanian Greens)
  • New Prime Minister Sunak urged to 'rescue' manifesto pledges for animals (RSPCA UK O/S)
  • It’s official: The existing EU animal welfare laws are not fit for purpose and need a radical overhaul (Eurogroup for animals O/S)
  • Swiss reject initiative to ban factory farming (Poultry World O/S)
  • USDA Urged to Strengthen Farm Animal Welfare by Finalizing Long-Awaited Organic Standards (Cision O/S)
  • What is an animal’s life worth? (Vox O/S)
  • Why do coffee shops charge extra for nondairy milk? (Daily Californian O/S)
  • Bonnefous C, Collin A, Guilloteau LA, Guesdon V, Filliat C, Réhault-Godbert S, Rodenburg TB, Tuyttens FAM, Warin L, Steenfeldt S, Baldinger L, Re M, Ponzio R, Zuliani A, Venezia P, Väre M, Parrott P, Walley K, Niemi JK and Leterrier C (2022) Welfare issues and potential solutions for laying hens in free range and organic production systems: A review based on literature and interviews. Front. Vet. Sci. 9:952922. doi: 10.3389/fvets.2022.952922
  • Camargo-dos-Santos, B., Bellot, M.S., Guermandi, I.I. et al. Cannabidiol improves Nile tilapia cichlid fish welfare. Sci Rep 12, 17650 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-21759-3
  • Chorney, S.; DeFalco, A.; Jacquet, J.; LaFrance, C.; Lary, M.; Pirker, H.; Franks, B. Poor Welfare Indicators and Husbandry Practices at Lion (Panthera Leo) “Cub-Petting” Facilities: Evidence from Public YouTube Videos. Animals 2022, 12, 2767. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani12202767
  • Lucille Dumontier, Andrew M. Janczak, Tom V. Smulders, Randi O. Moe, Judit Vas, Janicke Nordgreen. Early life environment and adult enrichment: Effects on fearfulness in laying hens. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, Volume 256, 2022, 105750. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.applanim.2022.105750
  • Gimsa U, Brückmann R, Tuchscherer A, Tuchscherer M and Kanitz E (2022) Early-life maternal deprivation affects the mother-offspring relationship in domestic pigs, as well as the neuroendocrine development and coping behavior of piglets. Front. Behav. Neurosci. 16:980350. doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2022.980350
  • Grandin, T. Practical Application of the Five Domains Animal Welfare Framework for Supply Food Animal Chain Managers. Animals 2022, 12, 2831. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani12202831
  • Roi Mandel, Marc B.M. Bracke, Christine J. Nicol, John A. Webster, Lorenz Gygax. Dairy vs beef production – expert views on welfare of cattle in common food production systems. Animal. Volume 16, Issue 9, 2022, 100622. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1751731122001793
  • Tong, L.; Stewart, M.; Johnson, I.; Appleyard, R.; Wilson, B.; James, O.; Johnson, C.; McGreevy, P. A Comparative Neuro-Histological Assessment of Gluteal Skin Thickness and Cutaneous Nociceptor Distribution in Horses and Humans. Animals 2020, 10, 2094. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani10112094
  • C. Wimmler, H.M. Vermeer, C. Leeb, E. Salomon, H.M.-L. Andersen. Review: Concrete outdoor runs for organic growing-finishing pigs – a legislative, ethological and environmental perspective. Animal, Volume 16, Issue 1, 2022, 100435. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.animal.2021.100435

Conferences, Seminars & Events

  • NAWRDES Australian Primary Industries Animal Welfare Research Snapshots. 30th November 2022. 11.00 am – 2.30 pm AEDT. via ZOOM Webinar (Program and Registration)
  • AWP25 Webinars “Achieving Change in Veterinary Practice” November 7, 2022 12 pm PT. (Commences 7.00am AEDT 8th November)  (UBC)
  • Webinar 3: Ethical Decision-Making for Animal Ethics Committee members, Researchers, Reviewers, animal science students, and interested members of the public 8th November 2022, 10.30am AEDT (Register)
  • Global Conference on Sustainable Beef, 7th – 10th November, Denver, US (GRSB)
  • 2022 NC3Rs Primate Welfare Meeting 8th November 2022 (Commences 11.00pm AEDT) (NC3Rs)
  • ASPCA-AAWA Research Forum Nov 9th 2022. (Details)
  • Animal Behaviour Live: Annual Online Conference 2022 17th – 18th November. (AnBehavLive)
  • AWP25 Webinars “Achieving Change for Animals in Latin America” 5th December, 2022 12 pm PT. (Commences 7.00am AEDT 6th December)  (UBC)
  • Controversies and Collaboration: Moving Toward Consensus in Animal Welfare. UFAW Indo-Pacific Asia Online Workshop 2022. Online Event: 6th-8th December, 2022. (UFAW)
  • AWP25 Webinars “Achieving Change in the Private Sector” January 9th  2023 12 pm PT (Commences 7.00am AEDT 10th January 2023)  (UBC)
  • International Animal Behaviour Twitter Conference 2023 18 -19th January 2023. https://www.animbehav2023.com/?s=09
  • AWP25 Webinars “Achieving Change in the Animal Protection Movement” February 6 2023 12 pm PT  (Commences 7.00am AEDT 7th February 2023) (UBC)
  • International Forum for the Aftercare of Racehorses (IFAR) 14 – 19th February 2023, Melbourne (Details)
  • evokeAG. 21st – 22nd February 2023, Adelaide. (evokeAG)
  • RSPCA Animal Welfare Seminar 2023. Quit horsing around: Advancing horse welfare in Australia. Wednesday 22nd – 23rd February 2023. Online. (RSPCA)
  • AWP25 Webinars “Achieving Change for Wild Animals” March 6 2023 12 pm PT (Commences 7.00am AEDT 7th March 2023 (UBC)
  • AWP25 Webinars “Achieving Change in Research” 6th April  2023 12 pm PDT (Commences 5.00am AEDT 7th April 2023) (UBC)
  • UFAW Animal Welfare Conference, 20th – 21st June 2023 – Online (Details TBA)
  • Behaviour 2023.14th – 20th August 2023, Univ Bielefeld, Germany. (Behaviour2023)
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