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News 22 September - 5 October 2022

  • Australians feel good about red meat industry and want to learn more, survey shows (Beef Central)
  • Voters reject ethical overhaul of animal farming rules (Swissinfo O/S)
  • Animal welfare incidents prompt call for industry reforms (Sheep Central)
  • NUS scientists develop novel technique to grow meat in the lab using magnetic field (NUS News O/S)
  • RSPCA UK celebrates improvements for farm animal welfare but calls for more (RSPCA UK)
  • UK supermarket launches new welfare logo (Poultry World O/S)
Cattle in beef & dairy production
  • Experts agree: Dairy cattle's welfare worse than beef cattle (Phys.org O/S)
  • Growing Beef from Dairy Conference 2022 Recordings (Dairy Australia)
  • ‘Lab-Grown’ Dairy Products Replace Cows With Yeast (Extreme Tech O/S)
Pigs in pork production
  • Pigs still held in narrow pens industry promised to ban, Victorian Animal Justice party claims (The Guardian)
  • Unlocking data to deliver world class pig health, welfare, and provenance (Food Agility CRC)
  • Face recognition technology for pigs could improve welfare on farms (New Scientist O/S)
  • Sow behavior during introduction to a large dynamic group is influenced by familiarity and method (Pig333 O/S)
  • How can precision farming tackle sow lameness? (Pig Progress O/S)
  • Does nursing behaviour of sows in loose-housing differ from that of sows in farrowing crates? (Pig333 O/S)
  • US supreme court to hear case on California’s ban on extreme confinement crates (The Guardian O/S) (The Guardian O/S)
Poultry in meat & egg production
  • ChickenStress European Training Network Project ((ChickenStress eu O/S
  • UK government faces court challenge over ‘Frankenchickens’ (The Guardian O/S)
  • EFSA publishes guidance to improve poultry welfare (Watt Poultry O/S)
  • Objectively evaluating poultry welfare (Poultry Network O/S)
  • Fried chicken with a claw needs to get a grip on welfare (Watt Poultry O/S)
  • CP Foods: Certified Farm F1rst for animal welfare (Watt Poultry O/S)
  • Starting Jan. 1, Colo. egg producers will transition to cage-free hen housing (Morning AgClips O/S)
  • Pullets seem unaffected by stocking density, feeder space (Watt Poultry O/S)
Sheep in meat & wool production
  • MPI reminding farmers of requirements for sheep tail-docking this spring (NZ Herald O/S)
Animals in transit & at slaughter
  • Live sheep export policy aimed at trade phase-out (Sheep Central)
  • New Zealand bans live animal exports from April 2023 (The Guardian O/S)
  • Opposition MP’s Out Of Touch On Live Export (Scoop NZ O/S)
  • Benefits of live exports to northern Australia quantified (Beef Central)
  • Live export class action compensation delayed — and Australian taxpayers are footing a hefty bill (ABC)
  • WA Premier Mark McGowan has ‘productive’ talks on live sheep exports with Agriculture Minister Murray Watt (West Australian)
  • Department sets Northern Summer live sheep shipment dates (Sheep Central)
  • New data reveals failure of the international live export trade to protect New Zealand's animals (Voxy O/S)
Animals in aquaculture and wild caught
  • Murray cod farmer pens electrical stunning deal (The Fish Site O/S)
  • Op-ed: First fish certification welfare standards welcomed, but more must be done (Seafood Source O/S)
  • Maine rejects animal welfare petition to better regulate fish farms (Spectrum News O/S)
  • New study reveals there’s no “golden stocking density” when it comes to fish welfare (The Fish Site O/S)
Animals in research & teaching
  • Elon Musk's Neuralink Faces Allegations of Animal Abuse Over Monkey Experiments (Nature World News O/S)
Animals in racing, sports & work
  • Charities call for end to greyhound racing in the UK (RSPCA UK O/S)
  • GBGB Response to Charities’ Call for a Ban (GRGB O/S)
  • Provide your feedback on the draft AgriFutures Thoroughbred Horses Program RD&E Plan (2022-2027)  (Agrifutures)
  • What Sport Horses Need to Experience a Good Level of Welfare (Horse & Sport O/S)
Animals in zoos, aquaria & the wild
  • Food and Company Help Animals in Captivity (Lab Manager O/S)
  • Revised Deer Welfare Code “Positive (Scoop NZ O/S)
  • Norwegian Whalers Slaughter 580 Whales During 2022 Season, Highest Number in Six Years (AWI O/S)
Pets & companion animals
  • Findings challenge perceptions of poor welfare among Traveller and Gypsy horses. (Horsetalk NZ O/S)
Podcasts & presentations
  • Animal Welfare in the 21st Century: Are we meeting their needs? (Univ Melbourne)
  • Community sentiment research overview summary 2022 (Meat & Livestock Australia)
  • Growing Beef from Dairy Conference 2022 Recordings (Dairy Australia)
  • Animal welfare textbook launch 2022 (Routledge Handbook of Animal Welfare)
  • Recent advances in animal welfare science VIII Virtual UFAW Animal Welfare Conference 29th- 30th June 2021 (UFAW
  • FSVO/UFAW/HSA Online Symposium Humanely Ending the Life of Animals, 3-4 November 2020 - Virtual meeting (UFAW)
  • Reforming Victoria's animal care and protection laws (Vic DJPR)
  • Iowa’s Latest ‘Ag Gag’ Law Violates First Amendment, Court Rules (Bloomberg O/S)
  • New Legislation Passed That Protects Animal Welfare In California (The Dodo O/S)
  • Dutch city to become first to ban meat advertising (Beef Central)
  • Improving sustainability through animal welfare advocacy (BVA O/S)
  • New Book - Routledge Handbook of Animal Welfare (Routledge)
  • NYU Launches Wild Animal Welfare Program (NYU O/S)
  • PETA Calls For a Strike on Sex With Meat-Eating Men (PETA O/S)
  • Prime minister's senior farm adviser an ex-campaigner for GetUp who called for end to 'cruel' live animal exports (ABC)
  • VEGGIE Doesn’t Mean “Made of Vegetables,” California Judge Rules (Duane Morris O/S)
  • What constitutes a mind? Researcher challenges perceptions of sentience with the smallest of creatures (Phys.org O/S)
  • Brown, P., Goldentyer, B. A Word from OLAW and USDA. Lab Anim (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41684-022-01057-1
  • Chapman, GR., Wells, B., Gilkerson, JR. and Flash, ML., Descriptive analysis of horses and ponies attending horse auctions in Victoria from July 2019 to March 2020. Aust Vet J. 2022; 1– 8. https://doi.org/10.1111/avj.13210
  • Danridge, L., Greer, B. Compliance Considerations. Lab Anim (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41684-022-01056-2
  • D. Hamidi, N.A. Grinnell, M. Komainda, F. Riesch, J. Horn, S. Ammer, I. Traulsen, R. Palme, M. Hamidi, J. Isselstein. Heifers don't care: no evidence of negative impact on animal welfare of growing heifers when using virtual fences compared to physical fences for grazing. animal, Volume 16, Issue 9. 2022. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1751731122001677
  • Kranz VA, Horback KM, Parsons TD, Pierdon MK. Sow behavior during introduction to a large dynamic group is influenced by familiarity and method. Applied Animal Behaviour Science. 2022; 250: 105624. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.applanim.2022.105624
  • Emily M. Leishman, Benjamin J. Wood, Christine F. Baes, Alexandra Harlander-Matauschek, Nienke van Staaveren. The usual suspects: Co-occurrence of integument injuries in turkey flocks. Poultry Science, Volume 101, Issue 11, 2022. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0032579122004266
  • Lewis Kate, Parker Matthew O., Proops Leanne and McBride Sebastian D. 2022. Risk factors for stereotypic behaviour in captive ungulates. Proc. R. Soc. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2022.1311
  • 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. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1751731122001793
  • Morton, R.; Whittaker, A.L. Understanding Subordinate Animal Welfare Legislation in Australia: Assembling the Regulations and Codes of Practice. Animals 2022, 12, 2437. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani12182437
  • Nannoni, E.; Buonaiuto, G.; Martelli, G.; Lizzi, G.; Trevisani, G.; Garavini, G.; Sardi, L. Influence of Increased Freedom of Movement on Welfare and Egg Laying Pattern of Hens Kept in Aviaries. Animals 2022, 12, 2307. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani12182307
  • Rowland, M.; Hudson, N.; Connor, M.; Dwyer, C.; Coombs, T. The Welfare of Traveller and Gypsy Owned Horses in the UK and Ireland. Animals 2022, 12, 2402. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani12182402
  • Sapkota, S.; Laven, R.; Müller, K.R.; Kells, N. Practicability of a Time-Limited Welfare Assessment Protocol for Pasture-Based Dairy Farms, and a Preliminary Assessment of Welfare Outcome Thresholds. Animals 2022, 12, 2481. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani12182481
  • Saraiva JL, Rachinas-Lopes P and Arechavala-Lopez P (2022) Finding the “golden stocking density”: A balance between fish welfare and farmers' perspectives. Front. Vet. Sci. 9:930221. doi: 10.3389/fvets.2022.930221
  • Tonachella, N., Martini, A., Martinoli, M. et al. An affordable and easy-to-use tool for automatic fish length and weight estimation in mariculture. Sci Rep 12, 15642 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-19932-9
  • Trondrud, L.M., Ugland, C., Ropstad, E. et al. Stress responses to repeated captures in a wild ungulate. Sci Rep 12, 16289 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-20270-z
  • Wiechers D-H, Herbrandt S, Kemper N, Fels M. Does Nursing Behaviour of Sows in Loose-Housing Pens Differ from That of Sows in Farrowing Pens with Crates? Animals. 2022; 12(2):137. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani12020137
  • Wilder, T., Krieter, J., Kemper, N., & Büttner, K. (2022). Network analysis of tail-biting in pigs – the impact of missed biting events on centrality parameters. The Journal of Agricultural Science, 160(1-2), 107-116. doi:10.1017/S0021859622000090
  • Windsor, P.A. Role of Topical Anaesthesia in Pain Management of Farm Animals, a Changing Paradigm. Animals 2022, 12, 2459. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani12182459

Conferences, Seminars & Events

  • 2022 Animal Welfare Symposium & Workshop hosted by University of Otago 21st October 2022 (ANZLAA)
  • 77th WAZA Annual Conference, 23rd  – 27th  October 2022, Tenerife. (Details)
  • RSPCA/UFAW Rodent Welfare Group Meeting – 4 November 2022, Newcastle UK. (Register)
  • AWP25 Webinars “Achieving Change in Veterinary Practice” November 7, 2022 12 pm PT. (Commences 7.00am AEDT 8th November)  (UBC)
  • Global Conference on Sustainable Beef, 7th – 10th November, Denver, US (GRSB)
  • 2022 NC3Rs Primate Welfare Meeting 8th November 2022 (Commences 11.00pm AEDT) (NC3Rs)
  • NAWRDES Australian Primary Industries Animal Welfare Research Snapshots. 30th November 2022. 11.00 am – 2.30 pm AEDT. via ZOOM Webinar. Registration Link will be released in late October. (Program)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Recent Advances in Animal Welfare Science IX. Virtual UFAW Conference, 20-21 June 2023
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