Animal Welfare

Government launches second Animal Welfare Bill

Government launches second Animal Welfare Bill

New powers to crack down on puppy smuggling and increased protections for farm animals will be brought in under new...

June 8, 2021

‘If the government is to raise the welfare bar here, it must do so for food imports’ – NFU

‘If the government is to raise the welfare bar here, it must do so for food imports’ – NFU

National Farmers’ Union (NFU) president Minette Batters has said the government must apply the same standards to imports as it...

May 12, 2021

UK to ban live exports for slaughter in new law

UK to ban live exports for slaughter in new law

The UK will ban live exports of animals for fattening and slaughter as part of a new law on animal...

May 12, 2021

New NI research project demonstrates effects of housing cows on cow optimism

New NI research project demonstrates effects of housing cows on cow optimism

New research led by Queen’s University Belfast has found that total confinement systems may negatively impact the ‘optimism’ of dairy...

March 18, 2021

Proposals put forward for all-island animal cruelty register

Proposals put forward for all-island animal cruelty register

Proposals have been floated for an all-island animal cruelty register to crack down on banned animal keepers moving between jurisdictions to...

March 17, 2021

Defra proposals on animal transport is ‘damaging’ – NFU Scotland

Defra proposals on animal transport is ‘damaging’ – NFU Scotland

NFU Scotland (NFUS) president Martin Kennedy has urged farmers and crofters to respond directly to damaging the Department for Environment,...

February 23, 2021

‘Safeguarding the welfare of animals should be the primary focus of any regulatory change’

‘Safeguarding the welfare of animals should be the primary focus of any regulatory change’

Any regulatory changes introduced as a result of the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) consultation on the...

February 3, 2021

RAU hosts farm animal welfare webinar between the UK and the Netherlands

RAU hosts farm animal welfare webinar between the UK and the Netherlands

Farm animal welfare experts from the UK and the Netherlands joined to discuss priorities, best practice and policy in a...

January 28, 2021

Farm antibiotic usage is falling in Northern Ireland

Farm antibiotic usage is falling in Northern Ireland

The recently published Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance (RUMA) ‘Targets Task Force Report 2020’ confirms that sales of...

January 18, 2021

QUB theory suggests emotions underpin animal behaviour

QUB theory suggests emotions underpin animal behaviour

A new theory from researchers at the School of Biological Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast suggests animals experience emotions much...

December 31, 2020

‘RSPCA cannot stand by if animal welfare standards are trashed by government’

‘RSPCA cannot stand by if animal welfare standards are trashed by government’

On Monday, October 12, MPs will vote on key amendments to the Agriculture Bill, changes which were recently supported by...

October 12, 2020

QMS launches revised standards for Haulage Assurance Scheme

QMS launches revised standards for Haulage Assurance Scheme

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has strengthened its haulage assurance scheme by making some key additions to the standards document. New...

September 2, 2020

Vet shortlisted in virtual pitch competition with gadget to identify heart disease in animals

Vet shortlisted in virtual pitch competition with gadget to identify heart disease in animals

A Scottish veterinary investigations officer has beaten strong competition from around the country with a virtual pitch for a gadget...

July 12, 2020

‘More robust’ Rainforest Alliance standard to address ‘climate-smart’ agriculture and child labour

‘More robust’ Rainforest Alliance standard to address ‘climate-smart’ agriculture and child labour

New standards unveiled for the Rainforest Alliance’s sustainability certification tackle some of the darkest issues affecting agriculture in developing countries, such as child...

June 30, 2020

Researchers say technology to analyse chicks’ chirps could improve welfare

Researchers say technology to analyse chicks’ chirps could improve welfare

Listening to the sounds made by chicks could help identify welfare problems at an early stage, according to new research...

June 28, 2020

European Parliament inquiry on animal welfare during transport imminent

European Parliament inquiry on animal welfare during transport imminent

The European Parliament is set to establish a committee of inquiry on animal welfare standards during transport, and possible breaches...

June 17, 2020

Covid-19: Veterinary practices to open for emergency care only

Covid-19: Veterinary practices to open for emergency care only

UK veterinary practices will offer emergency care only as measures ramp up against the Covid-19 pandemic. In a joint statement,...

March 26, 2020

First Milk launches First4Milk Pledge – a new commitment to sustainable dairy

First Milk launches First4Milk Pledge – a new commitment to sustainable dairy

First Milk has today announced the launch of a new initiative to proactively promote dairy farming and First Milk to...

March 15, 2020