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Wild behaviour: the science of cats in boxes

Sandra McCune holds a PhD that examined the temperament and welfare of caged cats as well as qualifications in vet nursing and zoology. In her current role as the Scientific Leader for Human-Animal...more >>

Law targets puppy factories (Victoria, Australia)

It will be mandatory for pet shops to keep records of the origin of puppies and kittens under the new Victorian (Australia) legislation. The law targets Victorian pet shops that deal with dodgy...more >>

First lawsuit challenging an “ag-gag” law

A federal judge has refused to toss out the country’s first lawsuit challenging an “ag-gag” law that criminalizes undercover investigations of slaughterhouses and factory farms. U.S...more >>

Drivers for animal welfare policies in Africa

  Livestock in Africa represent on average 30% of the agricultural gross domestic product (GDP) and about 10% of the national GDP. Up to 300 million people depend on livestock for...more >>

The role of the veterinary nurse in animal welfare

Nurses have several roles in the animal welfare movement, and have unique skills, compassion and experience that often make them best placed to drive animal welfare improvements. RVNs have a role in...more >>

RSPCA found negligent after slaughtering 131 cattle with 'indecent haste'

The RSPCA has been found to have been negligent in slaughtering 131 head of prime cattle. A judge of Victoria's County Court ruled that the stud Murray Grey cattle - including two bulls...more >>

Act Deal Would Require Vets To Report Suspected Animal Abuse

The House and Senate (USA) have come to agreement on legislation stiffening penalties for animal abuse and requiring veterinarians to report suspected mistreatment. Under the bill, vets who don...more >>

Enabling veterinarians to work "out of state" (USA)

The Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act (H.R. 1528) amends a restrictive provision within the Controlled Substances Act, which previously barred veterinarians from carrying and using controlled...more >>

What science is saying about PETA's recent shearing allegations (Australia)

he subject of animal welfare has been described as an emotional minefield. Views regarding how animals should be treated are polarised. There are competing interests, and proponents on one view or...more >>
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