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 25 August - 7 September 2022

  • UK pig, poultry sectors worry over CO2 shortages (The Pig Site O/S)
  • Farmers welcome livestock pain relief classification change, so products can be sold in rural stores (ABC)
  • Putting the ‘USDA Organic’ label on a stronger animal welfare path (HSUS O/S)
Cattle in beef & dairy production
  • Not like udder milk: ‘synthetic’ dairy milk made without cows may be coming to a supermarket near you (The Conversation)
  • Certification affirms dairy’s commitment to highest standards of animal welfare (Morning AgClips O/S)
Pigs in pork production
  • Tail biting in pigs – How to spot early warning signs (Pancosma O/S)
  • EFSA provides recommendations to improve pig welfare (The Pig Site O/S)
Poultry in meat & egg production
  • UK retailers blocking moves to end the killing of day-old male chicks (The Guardian O/S)
  • US Working Group for Broiler Welfare adds nine members (Meat+Poultry O/S)
  • Free-range egg producers face escalating insurance costs (Poultry World O/S)
  • How laying hens are kept around the world (Watt Poultry O/S)
  • The new organic rule could be expensive for egg producers (Watt Poultry O/S)
  • Philippines’ egg sector offered cage-free opportunities (Watt Poultry O/S)
  • Breeding for welfare and sustainability is good business (Poultry World O/S)
  • UK considers strengthening animal welfare laws after chickens ‘cooked alive’ in heatwaves (Daily Express O/S)
Sheep in meat & wool production
  • Electric dog collar ban will lead to 'animal welfare disaster', warn farmers (The Telegraph O/S)
Animals in transit & at slaughter
  • ‘Empty bellies’: Unweaned calves left without milk for long periods on journey to Europe (The Journal O/S)
  • Bill to ban live exports debated in House (Otago Daily Times O/S)
Animals in aquaculture and wild caught
  • New partnership brings Ace Aquatec’s high-welfare stunning methods to the Americas (The Fish Site O/S)
Animals in research & teaching
  • Beagles are in the news after decades as key players in medical research (Washington Post O/S)
  • Research Survey on Australian Attitudes to Animal Research (ANZCCART)
Animals in racing, sports & work
  • Electric dog collar ban will lead to 'animal welfare disaster', warn farmers (The Telegraph O/S)
  • Horse Performance: A Focus on Winning or Equine Welfare? (The Horse O/S)
  • Australian racing industry ‘failing miserably’ to rehome greyhounds as adoption flatlines (The Guardian)
  • Greyhound Racing SA and RSPCA investigate allegation of live baiting against dog trainer (ABC)
Animals in zoos, aquaria & the wild
  • Humans were not the only primates to get lockdown blues, UK study finds (The Guardian O/S)
  • Animal welfare groups target retailers in kangaroo parts dispute (HEY Social O/S)
  • Video: Animal welfare groups want to ban fairs trading in wild animals (NL Times O/S)
  • Animal Welfare Challenges in Research and Education on Wildlife, Non-Model Animal Species and Biodiversity (National Academies O/S)
Pets & companion animals
  • Long-term relationship with owner reduces horses’ stress reactions in new situations (AAAS O/S)
  • The Five Freedoms and Equine Welfare (Horse Illustrated O/S)
  • RSPCA UK shelters ‘drowning’ in animals amid cost of living crisis (The Guardian O/S)
Podcasts & presentations


  • California pig welfare rule delays frustrate small farmers (LA Times O/S)
  • Putting the ‘USDA Organic’ label on a stronger animal welfare path (HSUS O/S)
  • "Are Chimps and Dogs More Sentient than Rats and Hamsters? (Psychology Today O/S)
  • Q&A with a keynote: Temple Grandin, PhD, MS (DVM 360 O/S)
  • South Korea Promotes Alternative Proteins in Its National Plan (National Law Review O/S)
  • Tax Meat Now to Save the World, Researchers Suggest (Drovers O/S)
  • The big idea: do animals have emotions? (The Guardian O/S)
  • The State of Australian Animal Law and What Needs Improving (Psychology Today O/S)
  • Brown, P. A Word from OLAW. Lab Anim 51, 229 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41684-022-01039-3
  • Océane Liehrmann, Alisa Viitanen, Veera Riihonen, Emmi Alander, Sonja E. Koski, Virpi Lummaa, Léa Lansade. Multiple handlers, several owner changes and short relationship lengths affect horses’ responses to novel object tests. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, Volume 254, 2022, 105709. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0168159122001678
  • Oliva, J.L. and Cobb, M.L. (2022) Sniffing out what Australians know and believe about Drug Detector Dogs, Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, DOI: 10.1080/10888705.2022.2116582
  • Cassandra N. Reedman, Todd F. Duffield, Trevor J. DeVries, Kerry D. Lissemore, Charlotte B. Winder. Graduate Student Literature Review: Role of pain mitigation on the welfare of dairy calves undergoing disbudding. Journal of Dairy Science, Volume 105, Issue 8, 2022, Pages 6809-6819, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022030222003253
  • Williams, E.; Carter, A.; Rendle, J.; Fontani, S.; Walsh, N.D.; Armstrong, S.; Hickman, S.; Vaglio, S.; Ward, S.J. The Impact of COVID-19 Zoo Closures on Behavioural and Physiological Parameters of Welfare in Primates. Animals 2022, 12, 1622. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani12131622

Conferences, Seminars & Events

  • Bee Cognition And Agriculture Virtual Symposium 8th September 2022. Online (Commences 7.00pm AEST). (Newcastle Univ UK)
  • One Health Downunder Symposium 2022, 12th – 13th September 2022 (Univ Qld)
  • AWP25 Webinars “Achieving Change in Academia” September 12, 2022 12 pm PDT. (UBC)
  • Growing Beef from Dairy Conference. 15th September 2022. Attwood, Victoria. (MLA)
  • Seventh Annual Meeting Of The Animal Welfare Research Network. 19th September 2022, Newcastle UK. (AWRN)
  • US Poultry Live production, welfare and biosecurity seminar. 21st – 22nd September 2022, Nashville TN USA (US Poultry)
  • Public event: EFSA findings on the animal welfare for transported animals. 26th September 2022 (Commences 5.30pm AEST) (EFSA)
  • AWP25 Webinars “Achieving Change Through Government Institutions” 3rd October 2022, 12 pm PDT (Commences 6.00am AEDT 4th October) (UBC)
  • 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)
  • 2022 NC3Rs Primate Welfare Meeting 8th November 2022 (Commences 11.00pm AEDT) (NC3Rs)
  • AWP25 Webinars “Achieving Change for Animals in Latin America” 5th December, 2022 12 pm PT. (Commences 7.00am AEDT 6th December)  (UBC)
  • 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)
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