Farm Animal Welfare Certification

Presentation by:

Talulah Gaunt,
Manager – RSPCA Approved


RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme

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 21 April - 4 May 2022

  • Australian farming standards were investigated before trade deal signed (Farm Online)
  • World Animal Vaccination Day celebrates better animal welfare (The Cattle Site O/S)
  • WA Government allocates $500,000 to animal welfare groups (Farm Weekly)
  • Animal Welfare: citizens and farmers together for the future of breeding (Slow Food O/S)
  • McDonald’s continues defence of animal welfare commitments (Meat+Poultry O/S)
  • Carl Icahn slams McDonald's over animal welfare practices in fiery letter to investors (CNN O/S)
  • Animal welfare must be a cornerstone of ethical food policy (The Grocer O/S)
Cattle in beef & dairy production
  • Coca-Cola et al to pay $21m to settle fairlife animal abuse litigation: 'Animal welfare is and will always be a top priority...' (Food Navigator O/S)
  • “Shade for cows increases milk production by 2 litres/day” (Dairy Global)
  • Negative attitudes dominate in cow-calf separation study (Agriland O/S)
  • Lameness and learning: Knowledge exchange in animal welfare (Farming Connect O/S)
Pigs in pork production
  • Tools help farmers to keep improving pig health and welfare (ADHB O/S)
  • British project to reproduce sociable pigs (Pig Progress O/S)
  • Pig farrowing crates: NZ Govt seeks feedback on banning or limiting use (RNZ O/S)
  • NZ Pork industry says 60,000 piglets could die if farrowing crates are banned (Stuff NZ O/S)
Poultry in meat & egg production
  • Unscrambling cage-free transition challenges (Feedstuffs O/S)
  • Bird flu drives free-range hens indoors to protect poultry (Spectrum News O/S)
  • US egg factory “roasts” alive 5.3m chickens in avian flu cull – then fires almost every worker (The Guardian O/S)
  • Why free range eggs will soon be back on shelves - and why they went missing in the first place (ITV UK O/S)
  • UK Chickens Can Legally Be Labeled Free Range, Despite Never Going Outside (Plant-based news O/S)
  • How broiler management on-farm can minimise carcase rejects (Poultry Network O/S)
  • Virtual reality, but for cage-free housing designs (Watt Poultry O/S)
  • Low-stress handling ensures good quality broiler meat (Poultry World O/S)
  • Citrus essential oils could help reduce stress in poultry (Watt Poultry O/S)
  • Animal Welfare Protest Halts NBA Game, Again (Newser O/S)
Sheep in meat & wool production
Animals in transit & at slaughter
  • Court won't revive ban on secret filming at slaughterhouses (Washington Post O/S)
  • Live export policy position of Labor not clear say WA livestock producers (ABC)
  • Live export is an industry with no benefits (Independent Australia)
Animals in aquaculture and wild caught
  • The inner life of a lobster: Do invertebrates have emotions? (Bigthink O/S)
  • Crabs and lobsters may get similar rights to mammals in UK experiments (The Guardian O/S)
Animals in research & teaching
  • Medical regulators: look beyond animal tests (Nature O/S)
  • How science came to rely on the humble lab rat (Popular Science O/S)
  • Airlines block the transport of lab animals worldwide (El País O/S)
Animals in racing, sports & work
  • MSPs urged to 'lead the way' by banning greyhound racing in Scotland (The Scotsman O/S)
  • The Missing Link to End Fatal Musculoskeletal Injuries? (TDN O/S)
  • Helping Haiti’s horses: Million-dollar project improves equine and human lives (Horsetalk O/S)
Animals in zoos, aquaria & the wild
  • Algorithm Could Save Hours Of Analyzing Animal Behavior (Futurity O/S)
  • ‘Severe suffering’: Bunnings item 38,000 people want pulled from shelves (
  • Inhumane rodent glue traps to be banned in England following unanimous vote in House of Lords (HSI O/S)
  • VIC community programs cut wild dog predation (Sheep Central)
Pets & companion animals
Podcasts & presentations
  • ReTHINKING Animal Behavior and Handling with Dr. Temple Grandin – (Balchem ANH O/S)
  • International Forum for the Aftercare of Racehorses 2022 Conference Sessions (IFAR)
  • The Honourable Murray Sinclair's Jane Goodall Act - Senator Marty Klyne. (Univ Guleph)
  • Do you need to get consent from your dog before you hug them? (ABC)
  • How to use Google Advanced Search (Manchester Metropolitan Univ)
  • Automated analysis of animal behavior. (Science Daily O/S)
  • Claim: Research Shows That Animals Have A Moral Sense (Mind Matters O/S)
  • Is Smart Farming Making Life Worse for Farmed Animals? (Sentient Media O/S)
  • Meat substitutes: Environment does not motivate consumption: Animal welfare and health aspects, on the other hand, promote the use of meat alternatives. (Science Daily .O/S)
  • New Book - Animal Welfare: Understanding Sentient Minds and Why It Matters - John Webster. (UFAW)
  • New Book – Chimpanzee Memoirs - Eds Stephen Ross and Lydia Hopper (Columbia University Press)
  • Play may be important part of animal welfare (The Western Producer O/S)
  • Why meat with 'raised without antibiotics' labels could be misleading (ABC O/S)
  • Virtual IFAR Conference Concludes with Focus on Shaping Industry for the Future (International Forum for the Aftercare of Racehorses)
  • L.M. Collins, L.M. Smith. Review: Smart agri-systems for the pig industry. Animal, 2022, 100518.
  • Assessing dairy calf response to long-distance transportation using conditioned place aversion
  • Katherine C. Creutzinger, Kendra Broadfoot, Hanne M. Goetz, Joao H.C. Costa, Rebecca K. Meagher, David L. Renaud. Assessing dairy calf response to long-distance transportation using conditioned place aversion. Jnl Dairy Sci.
  • Giersberg Mona F., Meijboom Franck L. B. Caught on Camera: On the Need of Responsible Use of Video Observation for Animal Behavior and Welfare Research. Frontiers in Veterinary Science, 9, 2022.   
  • Lecorps, B., Woodroffe, R.E., von Keyserlingk, M.A.G. et al. Assessing cognitive performance in dairy calves using a modified hole-board test. Anim Cogn (2022).
  • Markus Marks, Qiuhan Jin, Oliver Sturman, Lukas von Ziegler, Sepp Kollmorgen, Wolfger von der Behrens, Valerio Mante, Johannes Bohacek, Mehmet Fatih Yanik. Deep-learning-based identification, tracking, pose estimation and behaviour classification of interacting primates and mice in complex environments. Nature Machine Intelligence, 2022; 4 (4): 331
  • N. Marcus, J. Klink-Lehmann, M. Hartmann. Exploring factors determining German consumers’ intention to eat meat alternatives. Food Quality and Preference, Volume 100, 2022, 104610.
  • Iben Meyer, Björn Forkman, Merete Fredholm, Carmen Glanville, Bernt Guldbrandtsen, Eliza Ruiz Izaguirre, Clare Palmer, Peter Sandøe. Pampered pets or poor bastards? The welfare of dogs kept as companion animals. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2022, 105640.
  • Michel, V.; Berk, J.; Bozakova, N.; van der Eijk, J.; Estevez, I.; Mircheva, T.; Relic, R.; Rodenburg, T.B.; Sossidou, E.N.; Guinebretière, M. The Relationships between Damaging Behaviours and Health in Laying Hens. Animals 2022, 12, 986.
  • Morrill, K., Heckman, J., Xue, et al. Ancestry-inclusive dog genomics challenges popular breed stereotypes. Science, Vol 376, Issue 6592.
  • Narayan E, Sawyer G, Fox D, Smith R and Tilbrook A (2022) Interplay Between Stress and Reproduction: Novel Epigenetic Markers in Response to Shearing Patterns in Australian Merino Sheep (Ovis aries). Front. Vet. Sci. 9:830450.  
  • L.V. Sirovica, C. Ritter, J. Hendricks, D.M. Weary, S. Gulati, M.A.G. von Keyserlingk. Public attitude toward and perceptions of dairy cattle welfare in cow-calf management systems differing in type of social and maternal contact. Jnl Dairy Sci, 105, 4, 3248-3268.
  • van der Laan, J.E., Vinke, C.M. & Arndt, S.S. Evaluation of hair cortisol as an indicator of long-term stress responses in dogs in an animal shelter and after subsequent adoption. Sci Rep 12, 5117 (2022).
  • Chenyu Zhang, Darren T. Juniper, Rebecca K. Meagher. Effects of physical enrichment and pair housing before weaning on growth, behaviour and cognitive ability of calves after weaning and regrouping. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, Volume 249, 2022, 105606.

Conferences, Seminars & Events

  • Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit Workshop – Increasing Adoption. 10 – 11 May, Armidale, NSW. (Details)
  • Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour – Workshop On Ethics Of Animal Behaviour And Welfare Research, online 21-22 June, UK daytime (ASAB)
  • 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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