"A culture of deception" and "no longer entitled to the trust of the community" are quotations from the presentation of NSW Premier Mike Baird when he announced a ban on greyhound racing, after the state government considered an 800-page report tabled by a Special Commission into "widespread cruelty" in the industry.
Last year a change in New Zealand law acknowledged that animals are sentient. What does this mean for animal rights, welfare and farming practices? We talk to former vet and animal law expert Ian Robertson.
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A method of using spectroscopy to determine the sex of a chicken egg before it hatches is being developed by researchers at the Dresden University of Technology and the University of Leipzig, in Germany. The technique – which will soon be applied commercially – could provide an alternative to the routine hatchery practice of killing male chicks shortly after birth.
In the rearing of egg-laying chickens, around half of all chicks born in poultry farms are considered commercially unviable because they are male. As well as being unable to lay eggs, the male chicks are...more >>
The legislative introduction of “sentience” to the Animal Welfare Act 1999 shifts standards of acceptability away from legal minimums by obligating people to ensure that animals are not just provided with the basics, but actually experience a quality of life. If appropriately applied, the initiative has the potential to be as significant to animals, people and their shared planet, as the evolution from the Animal Protection Act 1911 to the Animal Welfare Act 1999...more >>
They are the hardest animal welfare cases to prosecute. No signs of physical injury, but complaints and observations from neighbours, evidence of harsh treatment and signs of punishment we …more >>
What we eat is seen as more important than ever. And everywhere we are urged to go organic: we are told it is more nutritious, it improves animal welfare and helps the environment. In reality, that is mostly marketing hype. In 2012 Stanford University’s Centre for Health Policy did the biggest co...more >>
TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — With so many cases of animal abuse, animal abuse registries are a hot topic. However, Tennessee is the only state in the country with a public registry. But now, New …more >>