Legal risks in saying "I'm sorry"

Although practitioners would prefer to work without legal risk, professional, ethical and legal standards and expectations do apply to all their professional activities. There are a number of practical measures that theveterinarian may implement to minimise the risk;1 nonetheless most veterinarians are likely, at some point intheir career, to have to deal with an adverse event.2 It might be a missed diagnosis or a miscalculated drugdose, or one of a multitude of other possibilities that results in the deterioration...more >>


Vet blows whistle on animal welfare (Rural News, December 2009)

A dairy vet is voicing concern about cow welfare in New Zealand, his role in the dairy production system and the role of vets servicing the industry.

Greg McNeil, a New Zealand Veterinary Association board member and practitioner at VetEnt, Te Awamutu, says the “massive growth and transformation” of the dairy industry in recent years “has not been matched by the required growth in management skills and supporting infrastructure and, in many cases...more >>



Continuous Education: Lifelong Learning for Judgement and Knowledge

The following presentation was kindly provided by Prof Stephan May of the Royal Veterinary College, University of London. The presentation was presented at the OIE conference held in Paris, France on 12th - 14th October 2009

Prof Stephan May - Abstract of Presentation
Veterinarians have an important role to play both in the development of a collective vision for a sustainable and all-inclusive world ecosystem and the delivery of important elements within any such ...more >>



A re-evaluation of the need to stun calves prior to slaughter by ventral-neck incision: An introductory review


DJ Mellor, TJ Gibson and CB Johnson

Commercial slaughter of farm livestock usually employs an extensive incision that severs the soft tissues of the neck including the major blood vessels supplying and draining the brain. It is intended to cause a catastrophic decrease in cerebral blood flow with rapid onset of unconsciousness or insensibility. The tissues of the neck are innervated with nociceptive nerve fibres and their transection will cause a barrage of sensory impulses. Consciousness, and therefore the ability of the animal to...more >>



The importance of 'awareness' for understanding fetal pain

David J. Mellora, Tamara J. Diesch, Alistair J. Gunn, Laura Bennet

Our understanding of when the fetus can experience pain has been largely shaped by neuroanatomy. However, completion of the cortical nociceptive connections just after mid-gestation is only one part of the story. In addition to critically reviewing evidence for whether the fetus is ever awake or aware, and thus able to truly experience pain, we examine the role of endogenous neuroinhibitors, such as adenosine and pregnanolone, produced within the feto-placental unit that contribute to fetal sleep...more >>



Pigs, layer hens, sheep, cattle, and companion animal welfare.

Sow stalls are on the way out. So are the smallest cages for layer hens. But they're not going fast or far enough for animal welfare lobbyists.

However, an industry can't change overnight, rather there is a phasing out of the old.

So says Massey University veterinarian and animal behaviour consultant Kevin Stafford in an interview about pigs, layer hens, sheep, and cattle, as well as dog and cat welfare.

The following is from...more >>

Article added: 05/2009


The globalisation of animal welfare

Animal welfare is a complex, multi-faceted public policy issue which includes important ethical, economic and political dimensions. There is a real concern, in some quarters, that its recognition as an international trade policy issue is sought for "trade protectionism", rather than "animal protection" reasons.

This is one of the conclusions made in an article written by David Bayvel in an article entitled "The globalisation of animal welfare: A New Zealand and Australian perspective on recent developments of strategic importance".

The article...more >>

Article added: 03/2009


Animal Welfare Labelling

International Animal Law (IAL) has referenced attention to the issue of food labeling by governing bodies such as the OIE on previous occassions.

The following article which further addresses this issue is produced by CIWF, one of the leading non-government organisations who focus on the issue of farm animal welfare. (

Animal Welfare Labelling

Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) sees labelling as an important supporting mechanism to legislative and market reform on farm animal...more >>

Article added: 01/2009


The World Health Organization on China, Melamine and Global Food Safety

China's bureaucratic structure has failed to ensure food safety while contamination cases continue to spread, World Health Organization officials say.

In presenting a U.N. report on food safety on Oct. 22 in Beijing, WHO officials were supportive of efforts to reform China's regulatory system but critical of its response to the melamine scandal that has sickened over 53,000 infants who drank toxic milk formula.

"An old-fashioned system contributed to this event," said Jorgen Schlundt, director of WHO's food safety department, in comments quoted by XFN-Asia news...more >>

Article added: 11/2008


Principles, challenges and realities of global governance of animal welfare.

In his address to the ALDF conference at Harvard Law School (2007), Dr Robertson spoke on the issue of global governance of animal welfare, and stated:

“The concept of unified global animal welfare standards and protection is an objective that has so many political, social, cultural and economic hurdles that it could appear unrealistic and unattainable.
Yet the evidence would suggest that in spite of these apparent obstacles, there are people, organisations and states who, although sharing a variety of motivations, are actively involved in trying to achieve it”....more >>

Article added: 07/2008