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28 August 2015

IEC conference: Avian influenza and welfare

Egg industry leaders came together at the International Egg Commission conference in Lisbon at a time of crisis. A global threat called avian influenza was foremost on everyone’s mind. That, and the ongoing animal welfare discussion around beak-trimming and male layer chicks, were the main focuses of the meeting.

Author/Organization: World Poultry

Year: 2015

Topics: animal health, eggs production, laying hens, welfare on the farm

http://www.worldpoultry.net/Broilers/Health/2015/8/IEC-conference-Avian-influenza-and-welfare-2675815W/  

 

 28 August 2015

Sherrie Webb Named Animal Agriculture Alliance Chairperson

The Animal Agriculture Alliance Board of Directors recently elected Sherrie Webb, director of animal welfare for the National Pork Board (NPB), as chairperson of its board of directors.

Author/Organization: The Cattle Site

Year: 2015

Where: United States of America

Topics: animal welfare/general concepts, welfare on the farm

http://www.thecattlesite.com/news/48096/sherrie-webb-named-animal-agriculture-alliance-chairperson/  

28 August 2015

Animal Production and Health Division e-newsletter 122

Contents: 1) Hardy cattle boost Zimbabwe farmers’ incomes. 2) Worries rise over outbreaks of avian flu in West Africa. 3) FAO boosts capacity of the Ugandan government to fight Foot-and-Mouth disease. 4) FAO ECTAD Indonesia: a fun way to exchange messages with farmers at the Indolivestock Expo. 5) FAO projects win prizes at EXPO 2015. 6) Mobilizing the Data Revolution: evidence from Eastern Africa. 7) Realizing ‘Uganda Vision 2040’ through livestock. 8) Realizing ‘Tanzania Vision 2025’ through livestock. 9) Maintaining Global Freedom from Rinderpest. 10) FAO China ECTAD Highlights. 11) FAO project: “Una salud” – Rabia Bovina.

Author/Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Year: 2015

Topics: animal health, cattle, disease control, livestock, poultry/chickens, productivity

http://www.fao.org/ag/againfo/resources/newsletter/2015_newsletter_122.html  

27 August 2015

Canada Supports Safe Transportation of Livestock and Poultry

Canada has given a grant of $183,929 to the Canadian Animal Health Coalition (CAHC) to help ensure that livestock and poultry are transported in a safe and humane manner by certified transporters.

Author/Organization: The Cattle Site

Year: 2015

Where: Canada

Topics: livestock, poultry/chickens, transport, welfare during transport

http://www.thecattlesite.com/news/48010/canada-supports-safe-transportation-of-livestock-and-poultry/  

27 August 2015

Is Animal Welfare Becoming a Commercial Issue?

Large multinational processing companies, retailers and foodservice organisations are starting to define the way that producers view animal welfare and ethical, sustainable production.

Author/Organization: The Cattle Site

Year: 2015

Topics: animal production, ethics, farming, retailers, standards, welfare on the farm

http://www.thecattlesite.com/news/48149/is-animal-welfare-becoming-a-commercial-issue/  

 27 August 2015

Over 12,000 Dairy Cows to Benefit from Welfare Awards

Compassion in World Farming celebrated the commitment of leading food businesses to improve animal welfare standards at their Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards held at the Milan Expo on 9 June, hosted by chef, writer and broadcaster, Allegra McEvedy MBE.

Author/Organization: The Cattle Site

Year: 2015

Where: Italy

Topics: dairy cattle, dairy production, standards, welfare on the farm

http://www.thecattlesite.com/news/48084/over-12000-dairy-cows-to-benefit-from-welfare-awards/  

27 August 2015

Improving Pig Welfare: Addressing Tail Docking

In pigs, an intact, curly tail may well be the most important animal-based welfare indicator, says the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). It stands for both high quality management and respect for the integrity of the pig. It is obvious that a farmer who gets his pigs through to slaughter without tail docking or signs of tail biting must be managing a very good system. What is unfortunate, though, is that management of this quality is a rare occurrence, writes Melanie Epp from the 2015 International Conference on Pig Welfare, Denmark.

Author/Organization: The Pig Site

Year: 2015

Topics: genetic , pain/injury/harm, pigs, training, welfare assessment, welfare on the farm

http://www.thepigsite.com/articles/5123/improving-pig-welfare-addressing-tail-docking/  

27 August 2015

Reducing Threat of Mastitis and Antibiotic Use

The blanket use of antibiotics in dry cow management to prevent mastitis and other udder problems has been common for many years.

Author/Organization: The Cattle Site

Year: 2015

Topics: animal health, cattle, dairy cattle, dairy production, disease control, food safety, husbandry procedures, livestock, socio-economical aspects, veterinary drugs, welfare on the farm

http://www.thecattlesite.com/news/48175/livestock-event-reducing-threat-of-mastitis-and-antibiotic-use/  

26 August 2015

Survey Finds Animal Welfare Tops Consumers’ Ethical Concerns

Three quarters of consumers in the UK put animal welfare at the top of the list when it comes to ethical issues for food companies.

Author/Organization: The Cattle Site

Year: 2015

Where: United Kingdom

Topics: dairy production, eggs production, ethics, meat production, welfare on the farm

http://www.thecattlesite.com/news/48398/survey-finds-animal-welfare-tops-consumers-ethical-concerns/  

26 August 2015

How to Replace, Reduce and Refine Antibiotics On Farm

Pressure is mounting on the animal health industry to reduce, replace and refine the usage of certain antimicrobial medicines, writes Michael Priestley.

Author/Organization: The Cattle Site

Year: 2015

Topics: animal health, animal production, disease control, human health, livestock, water buffaloes, welfare on the farm

http://www.thecattlesite.com/news/48174/how-to-replace-reduce-and-refine-antibiotics-on-farm/  

26 August 2015

Preventing Lameness to Increase Profitability

Lameness in the dairy herd is not only a significant welfare problem but can also create a significant financial loss to the farmer.

Author/Organization: The Cattle Site

Year: 2015

Where: United Kingdom

Topics: animal health, cattle, dairy cattle, dairy production, disease control, housing, welfare on the farm

http://www.thecattlesite.com/news/48253/preventing-lameness-to-increase-profitability/  

25 August 2015

Animal Welfare Amendment Bill Passes Final Reading

New Zealand’s Animal Welfare Amendment Bill received unanimous support during its third and final reading in Parliament this week.

Author/Organization: The Pig Site

Year: 2015

Where: New Zealand

Topics: animal welfare/general concepts

http://www.thepigsite.com/swinenews/39583/animal-welfare-amendment-bill-passes-final-reading/  

25 August 2015

Germany Focuses on Farm Animal Welfare

The German agriculture department has launched a new initiative to make animal welfare a high priority.

Author/Organization: The Cattle Site

Year: 2015

Where: Germany

Topics: animal welfare/general concepts

http://www.thecattlesite.com/news/47823/germany-focuses-on-farm-animal-welfare/  

25 August 2015

Federal Legislation Introduced to Prohibit Slaughter of American Horses

Federal lawmakers introduced legislation to prevent the establishment of horse slaughter operations within the US, end the current export of American horses for slaughter abroad, and protect the public from consuming toxic horse meat.

Author/Organization: Animal Welfare Institute (AWI)

Year: 2015

Where: United States of America

Topics: food safety, horses, importing/exporting, legislation, meat production

https://awionline.org/content/federal-legislation-introduced-prohibit-slaughter-american-horses  

25 August 2015

Animal Voice Online Magazine, September 2015

Table of Contents: 1) The University of Stellenbosch shines a light on the way forward for the animals. 2) The Democratic Alliance makes a ground-breaking stand on animal sentience. 3) South Africa’s Rosie Kunneke is arrested for throwing herself between a pod of pilot whales and their killers. 4) Ships of Shame and Insanity – an expose of the heart-breaking trade from East London to Mauritius. 5) South Africa’s Nikki Botha helps bring about a ban on animal sacrifice at Nepal festival. 6) Cape Town man shares his experience of “perhaps the toughest job in the world”. 7) Sixteen Cape Town high schools debate whether battery farming of laying hens should be banned. 8) Countdown to the end of stalls for breeding sows… 16 months until ban deadline.

Author/Organization: Compassion in World Farming (South Africa)

Year: 2015

Where: South Africa

Topics: animal welfare/general concepts

http://www.animalvoice.org/#!animal-voice-online-magazine/c80w  

25 August 2015

Africa Network for Animal Welfare Newsletter, August 2015

This issue at a glance: 1) Vaccination in Naivasha and Voi; 2) Judicial Dialogue; 3) Naivasha Desnaring and rescue; 4) Desnaring; 5) Desnaring.

Author/Organization: Africa Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW)

Year: 2015

Topics: animal health, animal welfare/general concepts, dog population management, public health.

25 August 2015

Transport of Calves from France via Italy, Slovenia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria to Turkey, 04th – 10th July 2015

From 04th of July to 10th July Animals’ Angels observed three transports carrying calves from France to Turkey, via Italy, Slovenia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria, exiting the Border Inspection Point at Kapitan Andreevo.

According to the information received, the animals were loaded at FRAYSSINHES, FRANCE and destined for KAHRAMANMARAS, TURKEY which means a journey of around 4.500 km.

Taking into account the extreme length of this road transport and the importance of the checks at the Border Inspection Posts, all parties involved should have used their maximum attention to verify the compliance of these transports with Council Regulation No. 1/2005. On the contrary, the competent authorities did not check thoroughly the three transports as provided by article 21 and calves travelled for 7 days staying in the truck, in their own excrements, with diseases not treated, without food and without access to water, without sufficient space to move, in the heat of the summer, waiting long times at the Turkish customs and without appropriate rest.

From the journey log it was already clear that the planning was unrealistic and the part of the journey in Turkey did not take into consideration the enforcement of the Regulation 1/2005, as the Court of Justice recently confirmed in its sentence No. C-424/13.

Author/Organization: Animals’ Angels (AA) and Asociación Nacional para la Defensa de los Animales (ANDA, Spain)

Year: 2015

Where: France, Turkey

Topics: animal stress/discomfort/distress, calves, importing/exporting, inspection and control , legislation, transport

Read more on this at:

http://www.fao.org/fileadmin/user_upload/animalwelfare/2015_07_04_10_EXT_FR_TR.pdf    

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