Virtual UFAW Animal Welfare Conference

Following the success of our 2020 virtual conference, UFAW’s 2021 conference – ‘Recent advances in animal welfare science VIII’ will also be a free to attend online event, held on 29-30th June 2021. Our planned meeting which was to be held in Edinburgh will be postponed until summer 2022.

Learn more Learn more A selection of animal welfare news from around the world Brought to you by 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 Send us your news! News 30 September - 13 October 2021 Cross-sectoral Animal welfare, organic claims are increasing in the meat, dairy cases – bringing higher sales (Food Navigator O/S)11 start-ups advancing sustainable livestock and aquaculture production (The Pig Site O/S)Canada Animal Welfare Scorecard (Mercy for Animals O/S)Voiceless Animal Cruelty Index (Voiceless) Cattle in beef & dairy production Dairy beef scheme offers alternative to slaughter of unwanted calves (ABC)Temple Grandin: Looking Back, Looking Ahead (Drovers O/S)More sexed semen sourced as NZ farmer orders triple (Dairy News O/S) Pigs in pork production Pig culling starts on 'handful' of farms across country (Farming UK O/S)Belgium’s first national animal welfare standard developed for pork (Food Navigator O/S) Poultry in meat & egg production High welfare outcomes possible regardless of breed (Watt Poultry O/S)Latin American egg industry can't afford cage-free (Watt Poultry O/S)Farmer wins animal welfare award for his 'chatty' hens (Farming UK O/S)Vietnam’s first certified cage-free egg brand launched (Poultry World O/S) Sheep in meat & wool production Olsson argues against new wool industry mulesing deadline (Sheep Central)Victorian sheep farmer convicted on animal cruelty charges (Sheep Central) Animals in transit & at slaughter ...

A selection of animal welfare news from around the world Brought to you by 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 Send us your news! News 16 - 29 September 2021 Cross-sectoral RSPCA Australia- Responsible Sourcing – Updated (RSPCA)Emotion identification can improve welfare (Western Producer O/S)MLA ‘impact’ webinars aimed at boosting livestock value (Sheep Central)Canadian food companies get their first Animal Welfare Scorecard (The Pig Site O/S) Cattle in beef & dairy production Teagasc Moorepark Open Day Booklet - Irish Dairying - Delivering Sustainably (Teagasc O/S)Livestock-monitoring tech company CattleEye raises €2.1m in funding (Irish Times O/S)Milk advertising should party like its 1990 to beat plant protein's sales pitch (Farm Online) Pigs in pork production Freedom for sows during farrowing and lactation is the future (The Pig Site O/S)Castration headache for French pig farmers (Pig Progress O/S)Tail biting comes under sharper focus (Anglo Celt O/S)Temporary sow crating can deliver better welfare and good results – but at enormous expense (Pig World O/S) Poultry in meat & egg production Egg farmer trust and support on the rise, consumer study finds (Stock and Land)World's biggest food firms look to cage-free future for eggs (Farming UK O/S)Russian farmers criticise European End the Cage Age campaign (Poultry World O/S)Wendy's sued by nonprofit FACT for violating DC consumer law by misleading customers about use of eggs from caged hens (CISION O/S)‘Largest and longest’ global cage-free campaign a success (Poultry World O/S)Expect 2022 cage-free mandates to disrupt US egg market (Watt Poultry O/S) Sheep in meat & wool production Victorian meat processing restrictions a cause for concern (QLD Country Life)Defining sheep wellbeing is focus of top livestock researcher (Sheep Central) ...

A selection of animal welfare news from around the world Brought to you by 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 Send us your news! News 2 - 15 September 2021 Cross-sectoral Animal welfare, pain measured to improve quality of life (Stock Journal) Vets warn that proposed EU antibiotics rule puts animal health at risk (The Pig Site O/S) Lawsuits Over ‘Misleading’ Food Labels Surge as Groups Cite Lax U.S. Oversight (NYT O/S) Cattle in beef & dairy production What’s behind Twiggy Forrest’s ‘No pain, No fear’ beef slaughter process? (Beef Central) 3D-printed Wagyu “looks just like the real thing” – what do you think? (Beef Central) Welfare of milking cows needs priority (Irish Farmers Journal O/S) Using sexed semen and genetic technologies to improve dairy and beef herds (Farming Connect O/S) Sexed semen lab at Moorepark to open in November (Irish Farmers Journal O/S) Halter plans to start selling its high-tech cow collars to Canterbury farmers after raising $32 million (Stuff NZ O/S) Pigs in pork production Dr Temple Grandin: "Covid-19 was a disaster for the pork industry" (Pig Progress O/S) New CRC-P to solve the curly problem of pigs tails (CRC Assn) Welfare: Enabler of animal performance (Pig Progress O/S) Reducing the stress of weaning: is pre-weaning socialisation of piglets a strategy to consider? (Pig 333 O/S) Pigs on the move: Self-driving pig houses (Pig Progress O/S) Chloe Shorten: The pig industry must embrace its high welfare standards (The Press and Journal O/S) PETA Says Hats Off to … Hormel? (PETA O/S) There Must Be A Way -The outlook for the British pig industry continues to deteriorate  (Pig World O/S) Food industry proposes ‘Covid recovery visa’ after warnings of surplus pig cull (The Guardian O/S) Poultry in meat & egg production Can gene editing fix the male layer chick dilemma? (Watt Poultry O/S) Consultation on procurement of cage-free processed eggs (Poultry World O/S) Painful fractures: Large eggs push small hens to the breaking point, study finds, (PLoS ONE) How poultry-specific LED lighting can benefit broiler and laying hen performance (Poultry Network O/S)   Is cage-free egg demand really increasing? (Watt Poultry O/S) Chicken sold in Dutch supermarkets to lead a ‘better life’ by 2023: ‘This is a big step towards better animal welfare’ (Food Navigator O/S) CP Foods revs up cage-free production (Poultry World O/S) Sheep in meat & wool production More certified non-mulesed fine Merino wool required (Sheep Central) Strong market signals needed for non-mulesed wool (Sheep Central) Animals in transit & at slaughter Our moral dilemma (Pakistan Observer O/S) Animals in aquaculture Woolworths concerned by claims salmon certification scheme ‘may not be fit for purpose’ (The Guardian) ASC ramps up fish welfare agenda (The Fish Site O/S) Alt seafood: an analyst’s perspective (The Fish Site O/S) Landing salmon: can Tasmania clean up the industry by bringing it onshore? (The Guardian) Animals in research & teaching What does a Culture of Care look like? Lessons learnt from a workshop survey. (Nature) In major win for animals, Mexico bans animal testing for cosmetics (HSUS O/S) Animals in racing & sport From racehorse to therapy horse: pioneering study into welfare of horses who help people (Univ Bristol O/S) World Horse Welfare says they are 'shocked' at how retired racehorses are treated after the airing of BBC Panorama programme (News & Star O/S) Animals in zoos, aquaria & the wild Pigging out Inside Taronga Zoo (Stuff NZ O/S) Goulburn Shooters, Fishers and Farmers president slams proposed animal welfare reforms (Goulburn Post) Bristol fairgrounds banned from giving goldfish as prizes (BBC O/S) Pets & companion animals Pet theft: criminalisation isn’t the animal welfare boon the government promises (The Conversation O/S) Five ways to help your dog live a longer, healthier life (The Conversation O/S) What’s it like to be a horse? How to improve equine mental health (Horse & Hound O/S) Podcasts & presentations Effects of human interactions on domesticated animals: positive or negative? by Paul Hemsworth (FVAS UniMelb) The Pig Edge Podcast - Highlights from WAFL 2021, the international welfare research conference (Teagasc O/S) NZ Greyhound Welfare Manager says they've got a better system to be more transparent about dog deaths (Newstalk O/S) Webinar: How to support equine mental wellbeing – Andrew McLean (World Horse Welfare O/S)   Policy Strengthening animal welfare laws (Tasmanian Govt) Revised UK welfare in transport measures come under fire (Poultry World O/S) Private bill launched in UK to ban cages for laying hens (Farmers Weekly O/S) Greens introduce new bill for transparency in greyhound racing industry (Independent Australia)   RSPCA urges government to safeguard animal welfare in New Zealand trade talks (The Grocer O/S) Animal welfare is an election issue and voters must continue to speak out for animals says charity (CISION O/S) Other/Publications Animals farmed (The Guardian O/S) Can an animal welfare argument jolt the government into tackling the labour crisis? (The Grocer O/S) Expressions of interest sought for the Western Australian Government's inaugural Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (DPIRD WA) Furmark® Launches: Game Changer For Fur Sector Guaranteeing Animal Welfare And Environmental Standards, Answering Critics (CISION O/S)   How a tree, a dog and a chimpanzee taught Jane Goodall to hold on to hope (ABC) Lawsuits Over ‘Misleading’ Food Labels Surge as Groups Cite Lax U.S. Oversight (INTIMES O/S) Nicholas Humphrey on why new UK Animal Welfare Bill risks dragging us into a pointless legal minefield (Daily Mail O/S) Peter Singer Wins $1 Million Berggruen Prize (NYT O/S) Proceedings of the 54th Congress of the ISAE 2021 (ISAE) Victorian rabbit farm under investigation following animal cruelty accusations (The Age) International Society for Applied Ethology – Papers by Members – Broilers, Zebra Fish, Deer, Dairy Cows, Horses (ISAE) Barreto, MO, Rey Planellas, S, Yang, Y, Phillips, C, Descovich, K. Emerging indicators of fish welfare in aquaculture. Rev Aquac. 2021; 00: 1– 19. https://doi.org/10.1111/raq.12601 Hansen, M.F.; Baxter, E.M.;Rutherford, K.M.D.; Futro, A.; Smith,M.L; Smith, L.N. Towards Facial Expression Recognition for On-Farm Welfare Assessment in Pigs. Agriculture 2021, 11, 847. https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture11090847  Heinola, K.;...

A selection of animal welfare news from around the world Brought to you by 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 Send us your news! News 19 August - 1 September 2021 Cross-sectoral VFF calls for greater cruelty act consultation (Stock and Land)NZ Farmers, growers concerned about animal welfare, produce if staff have to isolate (Newshub O/S)Definitions of meat inquiry: How each side is putting its case (Beef Central)Want People to Eat Less Meat? Fake Burgers Probably Won’t Cut It. (Mother Jones O/S)Community Trust in Australia's Rural Industries: Year 2 national survey 2021 (AgriFutures)Pain is more than a feeling for livestock, it can cause real change at the cellular level (ABC)Trouw Nutrition and Wageningen University strengthen collaboration on sustainable livestock production (The Cattle Site O/S)RSPCA Assured (UK) unveils shortlist in first ever pig and poultry awards (RSPCA Assured UK O/S))Is ‘vegan’ leather really better for the planet? (Popular Science O/S) Cattle in beef & dairy production Animal health & welfare (Australian Good Meat)JBS counters Twiggy’s animal welfare attack (Beef Central)Twiggy Forrest singles out JBS in stinging attack over animal welfare credentials (Beef Central)Twiggy Forrest burns bridges with beef industry over animal welfare (North QLD Register)The French R&D framework for beef production (The Cattle Site O/S)Are pen-level insights the future for large dairies? (Progressive Dairy O/S)U.S. Cattle Producers Announce Initiatives to Answer Consumer Demands (Drovers O/S)On the front foot with disease diagnosis in feedlot cattle (Farm Online) Pigs in pork production Information and resources for pig farmers, veterinarians and other interested parties who want to know more about any aspect of free farrowing and lactation systems. (Free Farrowing.org O/S)Free Farrowing is not a matter of "when" but "how" (Pig Progress O/S)What will farrowing of the future look like? (Pig Progress O/S)Quit Stalling 2021: Are Companies Making Good on Promises to End Sow Confinement? (CIWF O/S)Insects on the menu for pigs, poultry after EU approval (Euractiv O/S)California's animal welfare law caused hysteria on both sides — here are the real impacts (The Hill O/S) Poultry in meat & egg production Strong outlook for plant-based meat alternatives in Asia (Poultry International O/S)Dutch Supermarkets to sell ‘better life’ chicken only from end 2023 (DutchNews O/S)New poultry breed could help UK's Red Tractor assurance scheme deliver on sustainability goals (The Poultry Site O/S)Time to rethink cage-free commitments for layer welfare? (Watt Poultry O/S)Welfare metrics help optimize egg production sustainability (Watt Poultry O/S)Poultry welfare advocates hope to take cage-free mission to processed egg sector (The Poultry Site O/S)Public consultation on laying hen standards for environmental enrichment in the hen house, outdoor ranging distance and flock size. (Soil Association O/S)Undercover video depicts animal cruelty at turkey farm (Meat+Poultry O/S)Size matters when it...

Apply here Learn more A selection of animal welfare news from around the world Brought to you by 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 Send us your news! News 5 - 18 August 2021 Cross-sectoral SEEKING APPLICANTS: The Daylight Project Council (TAWC, Apply HERE)The Link Between Animal Cruelty and Human Violence (FBI O/S)Animal rights groups sue over latest Iowa farm tresspass law ((KWQC  O/S)Understanding consumers attitudes toward animal welfare (The Pig Site O/S)Australians being ‘duped’ by plant-based meat labelling, study shows (Sheep Central)  Cattle in beef & dairy production AI powering the management of mastitis in dairy cows (FarmOnline)Cow-calf contact in full bloom at the Danish Cattle Research Centre at AU-Foulum (The Cattle Site O/S)Know your responsibilities when transporting bobby calves (AgVic) Pigs in pork production Boars: A critical component in pig farm success (Pig Progress O/S)California voted to improve pig welfare. The pork industry is facing a reckoning (Nat Geographic O/S)50 per cent of Australian consumers confused on what is plant-based and what is real: (APL)Black soldier fly larvae as edible enrichment (Pig Progress O/S) Poultry in meat & egg production Global Coalition for Animal Welfare Consultation on Cage-Free Egg Procurement (GCAW O/S)Dozens of Morrisons stores met with protests over chicken welfare (Retail Gazette O/S)A closer look at the cage-free revolution (The Poultry Site O/S)"Driving sustainability through transparency" (Poultry World O/S)What M&S move to slow-growing poultry means for farmers (Farmers Weekly O/S)Food and retail companies found broiler chicken welfare working group (Food Dive O/S)Broiler breeders prefer wooden nests (Poultry World O/S)France and Germany to ban male chick culling from 2022 (Farming UK O/S) Sheep in meat & wool production Numnuts research is extended onto Australian sheep farms (Sheep Central) ...

Apply here Learn more A selection of animal welfare news from around the world Brought to you by 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 Send us your news! News 22 July - 4 August 2021 Cross-sectoral SEEKING APPLICANTS: The Daylight Project Council (TAWC, Apply HERE)Understanding consumers attitudes to animal welfare (AHDB O/S)Battery cages, duck shooting, whips – RSPCA Vic calls time on big animal welfare issues (Mirage News)Tyson Foods integrates the five domains of animal welfare across its global operations (The Cattle Site O/S)Planet-Score: New eco-label factors in pesticides, biodiversity and animal welfare (Food Navigator O/S)ASPCA: Are they really helping or hurting animals? (AgDaily O/S)New Red Tractor standards equip British Farms for the future (Red Tractor O/S)CP Foods unveils new humane farming model for swine and poultry  (The Pig Site O/S)Bank Australia rejects RMAC, AgForce concerns about misconduct (Farm Weekly)Bank Australia’s ethics tested (Banking Day) Cattle in beef & dairy production Lotfeeder Stockyard secures Australian agriculture’s first sustainability-linked loan (Beef Central)New bank loan to beef business linked to meeting targets on emissions and animal welfare (ABC) Pigs in pork production Converting to free farrowing systems could cost the industry £200 million (Pig Progress O/S)Biomarkers Offer Potential as Animal Welfare Indicators (Farmscape O/S)Saving the bacon: will British pig farmers ​survive a ban on cages? (The Guardian O/S)US pig industry watches California’s Prop 12 rule (Pig Progress O/S) Poultry in meat & egg production French egg industry backs chick culling ban, calls for EU-wide extension (Euractiv O/S)Study: effects of different types of fiber-rich feed on welfare in broiler breeder pullets (The Poultry Site O/S)Chickens died of thirst and dead birds left to rot at suppliers to Tesco, Sainsbury, Lidl and KFC (The Independent O/S)100% cage-free eggs in US Krispy Kreme donuts by 2022 (Watt Poultry O/S)SE Asian hospitality sector moves toward cage-free eggs (Poultry World O/S)Cage-free eggs: US food companies under pressure (Poultry World O/S)Broiler welfare improvements need to be shared with consumers (Watt Poultry O/S)French Lab-Grown Meat Startup Makes Foie Gras More Appealing Than Ever (Forbes O/S)KFC drops a C-bomb and finally talks about chicken welfare (The Drum O/S) Sheep in meat & wool production ...

A selection of animal welfare news from around the world Brought to you by 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 Send us your news! News 8 - 21 July 2021 Cross-sectoral SEEKING APPLICANTS: The Daylight Project Council (TAWC, Apply HERE)Different drivers to improve farm animal welfare – Sandra Edwards (Pig333 O/S)The Community Trust in Rural Industries Program (AgriFutures)UK Government updates its Agricultural Transition Plan (The Pig Site O/S)Animal welfare in emergencies grant program 2021 (WA DPIRD)The UK is considering legal protections for animals’ feelings — so what do animals ‘feel’? (The Verge O/S)Tyson Integrates New Animal Welfare Framework (Drovers O/S)Ricky Gervais Slams YouTube For ‘Enabling Animal Abuse’ (Plant-Based News O/S) Cattle in beef & dairy production The Fast Track to Polled Genetics (Dairy Herd Management O/S)Branding Cattle: Animal Welfare Considerations, Legal Implications and Alternatives (The Cattle Site O/S)Dairy industry to focus on core values and corresponding vision (AgriNews O/S)Pain management is quickest route to improved welfare (The Cattle Site O/S)Farmer disqualified from owning livestock for life (Beef Central)New rules on animal welfare good news for everyone (QLD Country Life) Pigs in pork production Revised APIQ Standards Manual – AW section 3 - unchanged, Transport section 7 – amended (APIQ)To make the invisible visible: Thermography to assess intradermal needle-free vaccination in piglets (The Pig Site O/S) Poultry in meat & egg production Marks and Spencer to only stock slower growing broilers (Poultry World O/S)France bans crushing and gassing of male chicks from 2022 (Reuters O/S)The Pecking Order 2021 (World Animal Protection O/S)Vietnam's Nam Huong unveils first commercial cage-free egg barn (The Poultry Site O/S)Cage-free conversions slowing down (Watt Poultry O/S)Poultry legislation search tool (AgriFutures)Beyond Meat® Launches Beyond Chicken® Tenders At Restaurants Nationwide (VegWorld O/S)Most companies meet 2020 pledge to ban caged eggs (Poultry World O/S) Sheep in meat & wool production Animal...

A selection of animal welfare news from around the world Brought to you by 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 Send us your news! News 24 June - 7 July 2021 Cross-sectoral Animal welfare standards still an issue despite UK FTA (Sheep Central)A hands-on approach to animal welfare (EU Parliament Magazine O/S)Contact tracing in the spotlight as experts warn of major animal disease risk (ABC)ACCC rejects “Certified Humane” trademark application in Australia (Beef Central)Farmers reject 'totally impractical' call to legislate animal shelter standards (ABC)No animal welfare barriers expected in UK free trade deal (Sheep Central)Pain management is quickest route to improved animal welfare (Ruminant Health and Welfare O/S)‘The customer is ready’: German supermarket chain Aldi to phase out battery farm meat (The Local O/S) Cattle in beef & dairy production Cow masks? Agricultural company tries methane-absorbing wearable device (Phys.org O/S)Machine learning aids insights into cows' sleep (NZ Herald O/S)The researchers who want to know if cows are getting a good night's sleep (Stuff NZ O/S)UK Sales of sexed dairy semen have doubled over the last two years according to AHDB recent survey of breeding companies (AHDB O/S)Space, exercise may be critical to drylot beef heifer reproduction (AgriLife O/S)British Columbia site becomes North America’s largest robotic milking research facility (Ag Daily O/S) Pigs in pork production Anaesthesia during castration is mandatory in Germany. How is it being implemented? (Pig 333 O/S)Pork industry says 60,000 piglets could die if farrowing crates are banned (Stuff NZ O/S)Farrowing crates phase-out: Pig farmers anxious about lack of consultation (RNZ O/S) Sheep in meat & wool production MLA plan to add mulesing and pain relief declarations on eNVDs (Sheep Central)Make animal welfare front page news says NSW Merino breeder (Sheep Central)WoolProducers engages overseas customers to trust Australian wool (Sheep Central) Poultry in meat & egg production UK...

A selection of animal welfare news from around the world Brought to you by 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 Send us your news! News 10 - 23 June 2021 Cross-sectoral WA moving to optional ear marking and branding by 2022 (Sheep Central)Animal welfare recognised in Australian trade agreement for the first time (Beef Central)British, Australian food standard differences causing angst in free trade deal (ABC)Animal welfare is a measure of moral progress (Bangkok Post O/S) Cattle in beef & dairy production Forum to look at opportunities and challenges with dairy beef (Farm Online)Sustainability, animal welfare and plant-based diets are transforming the dairy industry in Asia-Pacific (FnB News O/S) Pigs in pork production How stressed out are factory-farmed animals? AI might have the answer. (Vox O/S) Sheep in meat & wool production MerinoLink delegates warned on overseas sheep welfare influences (Sheep Central)Sterile blowflies could save farmers millions of dollars (ABC) Animals in transit & at slaughter Primary meat processing taking animal welfare at heart (London Economic O/S)Abattoir capacity fears as farmers face shorter journey times (Farmers Weekly O/S) Animals in aquaculture ...

A selection of animal welfare news from around the world Brought to you by 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 Send us your news! News 25 May - 9 June 2021 Cross-sectoral UK red meat exporters tout high farm standards after AHDB event (The Pig Site O/S)Balancing sustainability and welfare key for meat sector (Poultry World O/S)BBFAW prepares for a new decade of animal welfare action (The Cattle Site O/S) Cattle in beef & dairy production Animal welfare complaints increasing in dairy industry (Stuff NZ O/S)QLD backs smart cow collars with agtech grant (Innovation Aus)Survey identifies most problematic sheep and cattle diseases (Farmers Weekly O/S)RSCPA Australia publishes new welfare standards for dairy calves (The Cattle Site) Pigs in pork production Important top trends to watch in sow management (Wisconsin Farmer O/S)Deadline looms for French pig farmers on castration choice (Yahoo O/S) Poultry in meat & egg production Artificial intelligence automates poultry welfare monitoring  (Watt Poultry O/S)Asia’s Minor Food Group to use only cage-free eggs (Watt Poultry O/S)PETA sues Vital Farms, alleges false claims about welfare (Watt Poultry O/S)The secret life of chickens: It turns out the humble pecker is something of an egghead (Country Life O/S) Sheep in meat & wool production Survey identifies most problematic sheep and cattle diseases (Farmers Weekly O/S)WoolProducers leader spruiks Australian wool initiatives (Sheep Central) Animals in transit & at slaughter ...