The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) has outlined the policies its members should adhere to in its National Animal Welfare Policy.
A leading animal welfare professor says neuroscience research has caught up to animal welfare theories and demonstrated links between positive experiences and good health.
As the foundation director of the Animal Welfare Science and Bioethics Centre at New Zealand's Massey University, Professor David Mellor's team has had a significant influence on New Zealand's welfare codes.
The Codes now include freeing pregnant sows from stalls in piggeries and improving facilities for layer hens in cages.
"We've moved from a primary focus on the nutrition,...more >>
In terms of "the law" as it applies to animals, it's a sad reality that all too often there is an assumption by many people that if a prosecution is undertaken against an individual for animal related matters, then "they must be guilty". That's not always the case, and that's why there are defense solicitors. One of the jobs of solicitors is to look at what's reasonable on the farm and, in terms of the total situation, explore alternatives to prosecution itself or sentencing options.
Where do we draw the line in respect of the use of animals in entertainment? Bullfighting has attracted considerable criticism. Horse racing and greyhound racing are widely accepted although there is considerable attention and debate about the standards and collateral damage associated with these entertainment activities. And then there's the question about the use of animals in aquariums, zoos, and other similar activities which essentially put animals on display.
The greyhound decision in New South Australia - who got it right? who got it wrong?
All great mind reading begins with chocolate. That’s the basis for a classic experiment that tests whether children have something called theory of mind—the ability to attribute desires, intentions, and knowledge to others. When they see someone hide a chocolate bar in a box, then leave the room while a second person sneaks in and hides it elsewhere, they have to guess where the first person will look for the bar. If they guess “in the original box,” they pass the test, and show they understand what’s going on in the first person’s mind—even...more >>