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TAWC Talks – Australian Alliance for Animals
A selection of animal welfare news from around the world
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News 26 January - 9 February 2023

  • Are we world-leading in animal welfare? Or just welfare-washed? (Stuff O/S)
  • RSPCA disappointed at post-Brexit progress on animal welfare (Agriland O/S)
  • Fur import ban could be dropped in the UK. Here’s which EU countries still support the industry (yahoo! News O/S)
  • Pastoral relief provided in wake of Kimberley floods (Government of Western Australia)
  • The Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education Newsletter Feb 2023 Issue (JMICAWE O/S)
  • ‘But he’s still eating’: experts warn against judging horses’ welfare based on food intake (Horse & Hound O/S)
  • How Scientists Are Using AI to Talk to Animals (Scientific American O/S)
  • Concerns Over the Well-Being of Sentient, Emotional Reptiles (Psychology Today O/S)
  • Animals Farmed: a leap in salmon deaths, superbug fears and the life of a Spanish shepherdess (Guardian O/S)
Cattle in beef & dairy production
  • “Pain relief won’t cut it” in European markets, press club told (Beef Central)
  • 129 ‘neglected’ cattle seized from B.C. property where SPCA says dead cows also found (Globalnews O/S)
  • Small shipment of cattle heading for Cambodian charity (Beef Central)
  • Cattle futures weighed down by weakness in cash markets – CME (The Pig Site O/S)
  • Army airlift for hungry cattle (Australian Government Defence)
  • Hear from international expert on cattle (Gippsland Times)
  • RSPCA renews calls for calf roping ban after new study confirms high levels of animal distress (ABC)
  • New Zealand dairy manufacturer Fonterra bans bobby calf slaughter, but Australian arm rejects move (ABC)
  • Sustainability, animal welfare top concerns in Merck consumer study (Beef Magazine O/S)
  • Translating and Applying Genomic EPDs (Beef Magazine O/S)
  • How technology can boost dairy farming Smart agriculture (Farm Kenya O/S)
  • Do cows cause climate change?: FFGSC (Australian Rural & Regional News)
Pigs in pork production
  • USask awarded $5.2 million for livestock, forage research projects (National Hog Farmer O/S)
  • Switzerland has too many pigs, leading to animal welfare concerns (le News O/S)
  • How to apply biosecurity basics in swine farms (Pig Progress O/S)
  • What is the impact of heat stress on breeding herds’ farrowing rate? (Pig Progress O/S)
  • Link between pigs’ tails and health not so straightforward (Pig Progress O/S)
  • Ireland in midst of 'pig crisis' as pandemic pets now abandoned (Irish Examiner O/S)
  • How do we improve technology adoption in the swine industry? (National Hog Farmer O/S)
Poultry in meat & egg production
  • The Humane League Works To Free Factory Farm Animals From Horrid Conditions (Forbes O/S)
  • Cumberland introduces Scout robot to promote poultry health and performance (Agrinews O/S)
  • Slowing broiler growth with nutritional interventions (Poultry World O/S)
  • 6 things poultry producers can do to cut antibiotics further (Farmers Weekly O/S)
  • Free-range egg producers in the UK face labelling changes (Poultry World O/S)
  • Activists fail to acknowledge HPAI, cage-free logistics (Watt Poultry O/S)
Sheep in meat & wool production
  • Supermarkets urged to dissociate from animal welfare benchmark (Sheep Central)
  • Finding your own approach to a non-mulesed sheep flock (Sheep Central)
  • Sheep and humans have more in common when it comes to sharing stress, study finds (ABC)
Animals in transit & at slaughter
  • Negotiators make breakthrough in Northern Irish protocol dispute (Guardian O/S)
  • Canada isn't doing enough to protect horses flown to Japan for slaughter, advocates say (CBC O/S)
  • Brackish water reduces tilapia transport stress (The Fish Site O/S)
Animals in aquaculture and wild caught
  • Push to add fish, crustaceans, cephalopods to South Australia's animal welfare act (ABC)
  • NGO threatens UK government with legal action over salmon farming’s environmental impact (SeafoodSource O/S)
  • Malaysian retailer introduces comprehensive fish health and welfare policy (The Fish Site O/S)
  • ASC urged to renege on relaxation of sea lice threshold (The Fish Site O/S)
  • Farmed salmon - unethical and plagued by parasites (Salisbury Journal O/S)
  • The Blue Food Innovation Summit is back! (Fish Farmer Magazine O/S)
  • A new tool for assessing the nutrient levels of farmed fish (The Fish Site O/S)
Animals in research & teaching
Animals in racing, sports & work
Animals in zoos, aquaria & the wild
  • How tourist attractions are keeping animals cool during the Queensland heatwave (ABC)
  • How Zoos Benefit Society And The Animals They Protect (Forbes O/S)
Pets & companion animals
Podcasts & presentations
  • Concerns over animal welfare standards in UK Free Trade deal (ABC Radio)
  • What will it take for consumers to accept lab-grown meat? (Marketplace O/S)
  • Animal welfare laws to be bolstered to improve cruelty case prosecutions in SA (ABC)
  • Hunters and animal rights protestors clash over amendments to Spain’s pet protection laws (Euronews O/S)
  • Portugal’s pet protection law is under threat. Here’s what’s being done about it (Euronews O/S)
  • Emergency and Disaster Preparedness for Farm Animals Act (AWI O/S)
  • Spain animal laws: Pet shops to close and dog owners to be trained under proposed changes (inews O/S)
  • Cullen, B.; Li, Z.; Talukder, S.; Cheng, L.; Jongman, E.C. Development of Thresholds to Predict Grazing Behaviour of Dairy Cows from Motion Sensor Data and Application in a Pasture-Based Automatic Milking System. Dairy 2023, 4, 124-136.
  • England ZA, Maggard HL, Fisher AD, Roadknight NW and Pempek JA (2023). Condition of bob veal calves on arrival at an abattoir in Ohio. Animal Welfare, 32, e7, 1–8.
  • Sandøe, P., Corr, S., Lund, T., & Forkman, B. (2019). Aggregating animal welfare indicators: Can it be done in a transparent and ethically robust way? Animal Welfare, 28(1), 67-76. doi:10.7120/09627286.28.1.067
  • England, Z., Maggard, H., Fisher, A., Roadknight, N., & Pempek, J. (2023). Condition of bob veal calves on arrival at an abattoir in Ohio. Animal Welfare, 32, E7. doi:10.1017/awf.2022.8
  • McDermott, P.; McKevitt, A.; Santos, F.H.; Hanlon, A.J. Farmers Views on the Implementation of On-Farm Emergency Slaughter for the Management of Acutely Injured Cattle in Ireland. Animals 2023, 13, 450.
  • Hernandez RO, Romero MH and Sanchez JA (2023) Assessment of slaughterhouse-based measures as animal welfare indicators in fattening pigs. Front. Anim. Sci. 4:1064933. doi: 10.3389/fanim.2023.1064933
  • Phillip J. Greenwell, Lisa M. Riley, Ricardo Lemos de Figueiredo, James E. Brereton, Andrew Mooney and Paul E. Rose (2023). The Societal Value of the Modern Zoo: A Commentary on How Zoos Can Positively Impact on Human Populations Locally and Globally, Journal of Zoological and Botanical Gardens, 4(1):53-69 | doi:10.3390/jzbg4010006
  • Dawkins, Marian Stamp. "Farm animal welfare: Beyond “natural” behavior." Science 379.6630 (2023): 326-328.
  • ‘t Hart, B.A., Laman, J.D., Kap, Y.S. (2023). An Unexpected Symbiosis of Animal Welfare and Clinical Relevance in a Refined Nonhuman Primate Model of Human Autoimmune Disease. In: Robinson, L.M., Weiss, A. (eds) Nonhuman Primate Welfare. Springer, Cham.
  • Masters David G., Blache Dominique, Lockwood Amy L., Maloney Shane K., Norman Hayley C., Refshauge Gordon, Hancock Serina N. (2023) Shelter and shade for grazing sheep: implications for animal welfare and production and for landscape health. Animal Production Science , -.
  • Sumner, C., Bolduc, N., & Von Keyserlingk, M. (2023). Using focus groups with dairy cattle veterinarians to explore learning about calf welfare. Animal Welfare, 32, E6. doi:10.1017/awf.2022.7
  • Flint, Hannah E., Megan Atkinson, James Lush, Alysia B. G. Hunt, and Tammie King. 2023. "Long-Lasting Chews Elicit Positive Emotional States in Dogs during Short Periods of Social Isolation" Animals 13, no. 4: 552.

Conferences, Seminars & Events

  • Calf Management: The New Frontiers. 9 February 2023 9 – 12pm AEST (Dairy Australia)
  • Rethinking Methane from Animal Agriculture with Dr Frank Mitloehner. 10 February 2023 5.30 – 9.00pm AEDT. Warrnambool, Victoria (EventBrite)
  • Mooving cows: An innovative tool for practicing cow-handling skills with Dr. Jennifer Van Os of Wisconsin University. 15 February 2023 12:30pm EST. (Zoom or in person)
  • International Forum for the Aftercare of Racehorses (IFAR) 14 – 19 February 2023, Melbourne (Details)
  • evokeAG. 21 – 22 February 2023, Adelaide. (evokeAG)
  • RSPCA Animal Welfare Seminar 2023. Quit horsing around: Advancing horse welfare in Australia. Wednesday 22 – 23 February 2023. Online. (RSPCA)
  • AWRN Workshop on Animal Welfare and Sustainability. 22 February 2023 2pm GMT (Bristol)
  • AWP25 Webinars “Achieving Change for Wild Animals” March 6 2023 12 pm PT (Commences 7.00am AEDT 7th March 2023 (UBC)
  • Postgraduate Workshop on Comparative Animal Law, submission deadline March 15 2023, 25 – 26 May 2023 (University of Kent)
  • AWP25 Webinars “Achieving Change in Research” 6th April  2023 12 pm PDT (Commences 5.00am AEDT 7th April 2023) (UBC)
  • International Society for Anthrozoology 2023 Conference, June 15th – 18th, Edinburgh, UK (Details TBA)
  • UFAW Animal Welfare Conference, 20th – 21st June 2023 – Online (Details TBA)
  • International Society for Applied Ethology, Congress. 1st – 5th August, 2023, Tallinn, Estonia (ISAE)
  • Behaviour 2023.14th – 20th August 2023, Univ Bielefeld, Germany. (Behaviour2023)
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