Australian Turf Club inquiry launched

Stewards from Racing NSW have opened an inquiry in to alleged animal cruelty by the Mounted Division of the Australian Turf Club (ATC).

Allegations of mistreatment, illegal sedation and cruelty to horses surfaced in a Sydney Morning Herald report last month.

Racing NSW began to act following a mid-January incident at the Falls Music & Arts Festival near Byron Bay, where a horse and its female rider were injured.

Six horses at the centre of the allegations have been transported from their Centennial Park stable to a spelling farm while the investigation is in progress.

Horses in the ATC’s Mounted Division are retrained from racehorses retrained for everyday life. Continue reading Australian Turf Club inquiry launched

More money to stay on with the APVMA?

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce’s relocation of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority from Canberra to his own electorate has spurred bosses to consider pay rises of up to 15 per cent to convince staff to remain with the APVMA, Fairfax has revealed.

The pay rises are in addition to a 1.5 per cent retention bonus . . . → Read More: More money to stay on with the APVMA?

Recognition for carp virus researcher

KenMcColl_CSIROIn recognition for his carp biocontrol research that resulted in the establishment of a National Carp Control Plan, the 2016 Professor Dave Choquenot Science Award for Excellence in Pest Animal Research has been awarded to Ken McColl, a Senior Research Veterinarian at CSIRO’s Animal Health Laboratory in Geelong.

Initially introduced into Australia in 1859, carp have been a serious invasive pest in the Murray-Darling Basin since the 1960s, following the accidental release of a strain adapted for fish farming. Because of their ability to rapidly multiply carp are known as ‘river rabbits’, and researchers consider the fish have contributed significantly to the ecological damage and degradation of Australia’s rivers.

Andreas Glanznig, CEO of Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre said Dr McColl’s rigorous scientific observations over the past eight years had confirmed the Cyprinid herpesvirus-3 was an effective carp management option that had shown no adverse effects on other non-target species.

“We’re confident the carp herpesvirus only kills carp and doesn’t infect, and therefore cannot affect, a wide range of non-target animals in Australia. Dr McColl’s findings have resulted in the publication of eight peer-reviewed scientific articles and one book chapter, making him one of the global leaders and experts on this research topic,” he said. Continue reading Recognition for carp virus researcher

Reduced heart rate variability in pet dogs affected by anxiety-related behaviour problems

We present here the first evidence of correlation between canine anxiety-related behavioural problems and heart rate variability (HRV). HRV is known to be related to a range of mental disorders in humans; however this has not been explored in dogs. Behavioural problems in dogs can result in suffering, property destruction and human injury. Dog behaviour problems . . . → Read More: Reduced heart rate variability in pet dogs affected by anxiety-related behaviour problems

What we know about the public’s level of concern for farm animal welfare in food production in developed countries

Population growth and rising consumption of meat, dairy, eggs and fish are forcing the world to face the intersecting challenges of how to sustainably feed a population expected to exceed 9 billion by 2050, while also controlling the impact of food production on the planet, on people and on animals. This review acknowledges the absence of . . . → Read More: What we know about the public’s level of concern for farm animal welfare in food production in developed countries