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Minnesota Hen Slaughter Exposé: Birds Abused, Scalded Alive Daily

Investigation Is First in Nation of “Spent” Egg-Laying Hen Slaughter Plant

Author/Organization: Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)

Year: 2015

Where: United States of America

Eurogroup welcomes importation ban of horsemeat from Mexico

The European Commission has banned the importation of horsemeat from Mexico following a series of audits by the Food and Veterinary Office (FVO), which identified significant traceability problems with horses slaughtered for export to the EU that had originated in Mexico and the United States.

Author/Organization: Eurogroup for Animals

Year: 2014

Where: Mexico, United States of America

Final report of an audit carried out in the United Kingdom from 29 April to 09 May 2014 in order to evaluate the animal welfare controls in place at slaughter and during related operations

This report describes the outcome of a Food and Veterinary Office audit in the United Kingdom from 29 April to 9 May 2014 to evaluate the effectiveness of controls in ensuring animals are spared any avoidable pain, distress or suffering during their killing and related operations, as required by Regulation (EC) No 1099/2009. The report concludes that Regulation (EC) No 1099/2009 is not yet being implemented in the United Kingdom. Nevertheless, there are good official controls to ensure that in the main animals are spared any avoidable pain, distress or suffering during their killing and related operations, and Competent Authorities are developing tools and procedures to adapt the system of official controls to the requirements of the mentioned Regulation. Business operators, especially the large ones who are bound by industry standards, do ensure standards of animal welfare which are largely equivalent to the Regulation. The main animal welfare problem is that poultry is slaughtered after passing through an electric waterbath stunner using parameters below those prescribed in the Regulation. This happened because new requirements were not yet enforced by competent authorities and because official veterinarians did not correctly understand how this equipment worked. In addition, this slaughter was as prescribed by a religious rite which could derogate from pre slaughter stunning. The Competent Authority indicated its intention to address this problem when implementing the Regulation and to enforce the minimum parameters also for slaughter prescribed by a religious rite. The report makes a number of recommendations to the authorities of the United Kingdom to address the deficiencies noted.

Author/Organization: European Commission (DG SANCO)

Year: 2014

Where: United Kingdom

Banksy New York animal truck

Joint Declaration Aims to Push EU Further on Animal Welfare

Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands have issued a joint declaration on animal welfare, calling on the European Union to improve further animal welfare for those species where there are already regulations and to extend it to include others.

Author/Organization: The Pig Site

Year: 2014

Where: Denmark, Germany, Netherlands

Welfare Campaigners Urge Cage-free Eggs Sales in California

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is urging food retailers to sell only non-cage eggs in response to the the latest California egg law.

Author/Organization: The Poultry Site

Year: 2014

Where: United States of America

Californian egg welfare ruling comes into effect

As of January 1st 2015, egg producers in the US state of California need to comply with the requirements of California’s Proposition 2 , which voters passed in 2008. The initiative, backed by animal rights activists, was designed to move farmers away from traditional battery cages for laying hens.

Author/Organization: World Poultry

Year: 2015

Where: United States of America|worldpoultry|2015-01-05|Californian_egg_welfare_ruling_comes_into_effect

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NewStream Top 10: Popular farm animal care stories last year

As we kick off our coverage of the farm animal care sector in 2015, here’s a look back on some of the key stories that generated buzz and interest last year. They provide a collective window on many of the trends and developments driving change that will produce major ripples in the months ahead.

Author/Organization: Meristem Land & Science

Year: 2015

What’s in a label? Understanding animal welfare claims

Food labels that emphasize how animals are treated and cared for on the farm or ranch are popping up in grocery stores across the United States, but that does not mean that these labels are easy for consumers to understand, says Heidi Carroll, South Dakota State University Extension livestock stewardship associate.

Author/Organization: National HogFarmer

Year: 2015

Where: United States of America

Californians vote to give layer hens more room while Australian industry considers animal welfare standards

Australian egg farmers say they are closely monitoring a consumer-driven overhaul of the Californian egg production system, as it launches a review of its own industry standards.

Author/Organization: ABC Rural

Year: 2015

Where: Australia, United States of America

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Cows’ ear positions tell us how they’re feeling, study finds

Our new study on cow behaviour indicates that cows reveal their emotional state by the posture of their ears.

Author/Organization: World Animal Protection

Year: 2014

Temple Grandin: Animal Welfare Begins on the Farm

The big issues of animal welfare today are on the farm, not in the slaughterhouse, famed animal-care expert Temple Grandin told the American Farm Bureau Federation here Sunday as she accepted an award for her contributions to American agriculture.

Author/Organization: National Journal

Year: 2015

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European Commission sets out position on food safety and animal welfare in TTIP papers

The European Commission (EC) published a series of legal texts and position papers, setting out EU proposals in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations with the US.

Author/Organization: GlobalMeat

Year: 2015

Denmark Leads the Way for Animal Welfare

As Denmark is becoming a leader in animal welfare, agriculture minister, Dan Jørgensen, has announced a major international conference.

Author/Organization: The Pig Site

Year: 2014

Where: Denmark


Member States sign Joint Declaration and commit to work to actively improve animal welfare

Eurogroup for Animals welcomes the Animal Welfare Declaration signed yesterday in Vught by Sharon Dijksma, the Dutch Minister of Agriculture; Christian Schmidt, the German Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture and Dan Jørgensen, the Danish Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries. This initiative calls on the European Commission and all Member States to acknowledge the need for better regulation, better animal welfare and to promote awareness, EU standards and knowledge in order to #Act4Animals.

Author/Organization: Eurogroup for Animals

Year: 2014

A farm-built code for animal care

This family believes their responsibility starts on their farm

Author/Organization: Meristem Land & Science

Year: 2014

Death and the goddess: The world’s biggest ritual slaughter

Motilal Kushwaha had promised the Hindu goddess Gadhimai that he would offer her a male goat if one of his children found a job.

Author/Organization: CNN

Year: 2014

Where: Nepal


Ground-breaking Animal Protection Index assesses animal welfare around the world

Our new Animal Protection Index judges 50 countries on their policy and legislation for animals, identifying where improvements can be made to protect animals and people

Author/Organization: World Animal Protection

Year: 2014

WTO is Biggest Threat to Global Progress on Animal Welfare

The World Trade Organization is blocking attempts to improve animal welfare laws around the globe.

Author/Organization: Care2

Year: 2014

Alarming Rise of Antibiotic Resistance in Europe

Antibiotic resistance in Europe has increased in the past years to the point that now constitutes a serious risk to public health.

Author/Organization: The Meat Site

Year: 2014





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