Effects of the truck suspension system on animal welfare, carcass and meat quality traits in pigs

The objective of this study was to assess the effects of two types of commercial suspension (leaf-spring (LS) vs. air suspension (AS)) installed on two similar double-decked trucks on blood cortisol and lactate concentration, lairage behavior, carcass skin lesions and pork quality traits of 120 crossbred pigs. The suspension type neither influenced pig behaviour in lairage . . . → Read More: Effects of the truck suspension system on animal welfare, carcass and meat quality traits in pigs

Veterinary Associations prioritise animal welfare

Two major veterinary associations have listed animal welfare as their top strategic priority in response to overwhelming feedback from veterinarians.

In February the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) launched its 2016-2021 five year strategy, with animal welfare taking the number one position of five priority areas. The British Veterinary Association (BVA) also launched its new animal welfare policy, entitled Vets Speaking Up for Animal Welfare. Both policies stress the need for veterinarians to advocate animal welfare.

AVA President Robert Johnson said that while there was an assumption that every veterinarian has the welfare of animals on their agenda, there was a need to “make a clear statement that animal welfare is a top priority.” Continue reading Veterinary Associations prioritise animal welfare

Abstracts: Pathways to specialising in animal welfare

Safeguarding animal welfare is an important aspect of the day-to-day work of almost all veterinarians; however, only some choose to pursue specific postgraduate qualifications in this area. Andrew Knight describes some of the routes to specialisation that are available around the world, highlighting in particular how suitably experienced individuals can currently seek accreditation in Europe and . . . → Read More: Abstracts: Pathways to specialising in animal welfare

Heat stress: A major contributor to poor animal welfare associated with long-haul live export voyages

Recent investigations by the Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry into high mortalities on live export voyages from Australia to the Middle East during the Northern hemisphere summer suggest that animal welfare may be compromised by heat stress.

The live export industry has generated a computer model that aims to assess the risk of heat stress and to contain mortality levels on live export ships below certain arbitrary limits.

Although the model must be complied with under Australian law, it is not currently available for independent scientific scrutiny, and there is concern that the model and the mandated space allowances are inadequate. Continue reading Heat stress: A major contributor to poor animal welfare associated with long-haul live export voyages

New global animal welfare platform launched

The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) has recently developed an exciting new platform for professionals in the animal welfare field around the globe to network, collaborate and share information on animal welfare. Powered by WSPA, Animal Mosaic is the ‘one-stop-shop’ for animal welfare resources.

Animal Mosaic has sections on current animal welfare related news, . . . → Read More: New global animal welfare platform launched