Animal Welfare

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

Government announces support for Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill in Parliament

Government announces support for Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill in Parliament

Those who mistreat animals could face up to five years in prison under a new law backed by the UK...

February 7, 2020

UK TV authority receives over 350 complaints for ‘How to Steal Pigs’

UK TV authority receives over 350 complaints for ‘How to Steal Pigs’

The UK’s broadcasting authority, Ofcom, has received over 350 complaints for a documentary on Channel 4 titled ‘How to Steal...

February 4, 2020

Last chance to nominate for Ceva Animal Welfare Awards 2020

Last chance to nominate for Ceva Animal Welfare Awards 2020

It’s the last chance to nominate individuals or teams for the prestigious Ceva Animal Welfare Awards 2020, which celebrate the...

December 10, 2019

PETA buys Facebook shares in a bid to boost social media visibility

PETA buys Facebook shares in a bid to boost social media visibility

Extremist animal rights organisation PETA has bought its way into Facebook in a bid to increase the visibility of its...

July 17, 2019