Tag: welfare

Overheated herds

This year’s higher than average summer temperatures have highlighted a growing animal welfare issue for the US livestock industry, and it is one that will prove equally relevant for Australia’s farmers as we head into warmer weather. Cattle prefer a cool climate, and suffer heat stress when they become too […]

Community partnering as a tool for improving live release rate in animal shelters in the United States

Collaboration among all shelters and non-human animal welfare groups within a community along with the transparent, shared reporting of uniform data have been promoted as effective ways to increase the number of animals’ lives saved. This article summarises the shelter intakes, outcomes, and live release rate (LRR) from 6 geographically […]

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 […]

Inter-observer agreement, diagnostic sensitivity and specificity of animal-based indicators of young lamb welfare

A scientific literature review and consensus of expert opinion used the welfare definitions provided by the Farm Animal Welfare Council (FAWC) Five Freedoms as the framework for selecting a set of animal-based indicators that were sensitive to the current on-farm welfare issues of young lambs (aged ⩽6 weeks). Ten animal-based […]

Physiological and behavioural responses of poultry exposed to gas-filled high expansion foam

Disease control measures require poultry to be killed on farms to minimise the risk of disease being transmitted to other poultry and, in some cases, to protect public health. We assessed the welfare implications for poultry of the use of high-expansion gas-filled foam as a potentially humane, emergency killing method. […]