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You might want to add this website to your list of reference sites.
The U.S. Agricultural & Food Law and Policy Blog provides comprehensive news, research, and information resource for the USA's agricultural community.  
The site is provided as a partnership between The National Agricultural Law Center (dealing with US agricultural and food law research) and the American Agricultural Law Association which is a US professional organization focusing on the legal needs of the agricultural community. 

Social networks shape monkey 'culture' too

A new study on squirrel monkeys found that squirrel monkeys with the strongest social networks catch on fastest to the latest in foraging crazes. They are monkey trendsters. This study potentially shows that innovations do not just spread randomly in primate groups but, as in humans, are shaped by the monkeys' social networks.


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Ape retirement means chimp research is on the way out

The US National Institutes of Health has announced that it will retire all but 50 of its chimpanzees from research. This follows a 2011 review that concluded that biomedical research no longer needs to use chimps. The chimps not being retired will be kept "on call" for biomedical research. They will not breed, so as they age and die, fewer and fewer will remain available for research.
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Who will speak for badgers?

"Animals have no entrenched form of institutional representation in British politics, their interests can simply be traded away.  And when they come up against the interests of those powerful groups that do have government representation and support – agriculture, the pharmaceutical industry, business – then they are traded away".

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Criminal charges against the after-hours vet?

An out-of-hours veterinarian in the United Kingdom  has lost his practicing license as a result of leaving a seriously injured dog in agony after the dog was run over on a farm.
The matter has considerable relevance for veterinarians in practice who insist on owners bringing injured animals to the surgery. 
The fact that the professional veterinary body determined that the veterinarians actions caused "unnecessary suffering" to the dog, raises questions for scholars and practicing lawyers...more >>

Is farm animal welfare a commodity?

There have already been notable changes to how animal welfare has been understood over the years. This paper will reflect on the changes that have occurred and raise some questions about the direction that farm animal welfare could be heading in the future from a cultural economic perspective (Buller and Roe 2013).   The paper draws on studies of cattle stockperson practices, commercial practices in the free-range egg supply network, and on-farm farm assurance audits      more >>

In what sense does animal welfare have an economic value?

This question is important when confronting decisions about the conditions under which we keep animals because improving their welfare will almost inevitably have an economic cost. Contemporary concerns over farm animal welfare are closely associated with the image of ‘intensity’ and have come about largely as a result of the relentless drive to gain the benefits of increased productivity in all forms of farming. Aided by the continual flow of scientific knowledge, technology and new production methods the progressive exploitation of the animals’ biological capacity to...more >>

Marketing animal welfare as a quality characteristic of milk

To stimulate the dairy industry to address welfare problems in dairy cattle, it is not only important that the evaluation of welfare is valid, but also that the welfare monitoring process meets various needs such as communication to the consumer, or acceptability by the farmer and the industry as a whole.

This project investigates how initiatives, popping up from the dairy industry itself, can meet the societal demand for improved welfare.

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Don't always blame the dog

It’s important to remember that while zoonoses are important, pathogens go both ways. While animal-to-human transmission is usually the greatest concern, human-to-animal transmission of a variety of bugs also occurs, and this can cause problems for the animals, and for people who subsequently have contact with those animals. This is an often-neglected aspect of zoonotic disease, although it is starting to be recognised more often in wildlife, like the case of human diseases spreading to wild primates during ecotourism encounters. Read more at more >>

International Animal-Law Newsletter June 2013

International Animal Law (IAL) update is a brief summary of some of the news items posted on IAL within the last few months.

In addition to pointing out a few of the items that have featured on the website of IAL recently, you'll be interested to know that modifications to the website of IAL will shortly enable you to list your animal welfare related news items (e.g. media news), events (e.g. conferences, seminars, education modules) and reference to published articles directly onto the IAL website.
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