• Animal Nutrition

    Welfare: Enabler of animal performance

    High welfare standards are a prerequisite of good performance in all livestock production systems. Risk assessment and specific nutrition can help reduce stress in young piglets. A combination of good feeding, health, housing and management will promote high welfare standards. Photo: Bart Nijs High welfare standards for piglets can be achieved through good feeding, health, housing and management, meaning access to food and water, ease of movement, appropriate room temperature, absence of pain and good human-to-animal interactions. Yet factors affecting welfare in piglets are highly complex and multifaceted. As piglets progress through weaning, they face new  

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  • Animal Care

    Animal welfare officers seize 20 horses, other animals from Sanford farm

    SANFORD — State animal welfare officials have seized 20 horses, along with several dogs, cats and other animals, from a small farm on Deering Neighborhood Road in Sanford. Officials began rounding up the animals on Wednesday from the property, which is in the Springvale section of the city. The animals were being cared for Thursday by various animal rescue agencies, and state officials were evaluating their welfare as part of the investigation into their care. “All the animals are safe and have been placed in rescue shelters where they are receiving the care and attention they need,” said Jim Britt,  

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  • Pets & Animal

    Kinship and Shelter Animals Count Partner to Improve Animal Welfare Through Technology

    NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kinship, a company dedicated to reimagining pet parenting through innovative products and services, today announced a unique technology partnership with Shelter Animals Count (SAC), an independent nonprofit that is home to The National Database of sheltered animal statistics. As SAC’s premier technology partner, Kinship will advance SAC’s mission of enabling insights to save lives by helping design proprietary analytics tools for a bigger and faster scale. As the lead technology partner, Kinship and Shelter Animals Count will work together to advance shelter measurement and reporting capabilities in service of using data to help more  

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  • Animal Care

    Wild animal suffering is the new frontier of animal welfare

    Part of The Animals Issue of The Highlight, our home for ambitious stories that explain our world. The most emotionally difficult moment in Michelle Graham’s life was when five snakes in her lab died. She had started a doctoral program studying jumping and flying snakes. There are several species of snakes that not only live in trees but can leap heroically from one to the next. Scientists still aren’t totally sure why they jump, but what Graham wanted to know was: How? How can an animal with no arms and no legs jump at all? In hopes of observing  

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  • Animal Nutrition

    EU feed industry explores role in animal health, welfare

    The European Compound Feed Manufacturers’ Federation (FEFAC) and the EU Association of Specialty Feed Ingredients and their Mixtures (FEFANA) recently held their first joint EURACTIV virtual conference titled “Animal health and welfare: what role for animal nutrition?” The event was opened by a video statement from European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Stella Kyriakides, who stressed the key role of the European feed sector for the achievement of the ambitious goals of the Farm to Fork Strategy, not only in the field of sustainability, but also in supporting animal health and welfare through modern and innovative feeding regimes. The  

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  • Animal Care

    Animal Welfare League Conducts First Surgery in Vet Vehicle

    Biscuit, an eight-year-old gray and white cat, was the first animal to ever undergo surgery at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) in the new Mobile Veterinary and Event vehicle.  Biscuit was one of several animals to be operated on April 20; the animals received routine but critical care including dental cleanings and state-required spay/neuter surgeries, procedures that the AWLA provides to all its adoptable residents who need it.  Watch a video about this momentous event HERE. AWLA Staff Veterinarian Dr. Erica Caldwell was integral to the AWLA’s purchase and outfitting of the vehicle, and she performed the  

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  • Animal Care

    ANIMAL CONNECTION: An unprecedented year in animal welfare | Features

    A little over a year ago in March 2020, the threat of the global pandemic began to loom closer and closer to the areas we serve at the SPCA Albrecht Center. There was no telling what the impact would be on our operations, but we knew our vital staff, volunteers and supporters needed protection from COVID-19 to ensure the animals in our care would continue to receive lifesaving care and a safe haven from the unkind world they were seeking shelter from. SPCA senior staffers met to discuss safety measures for the upcoming months (which quickly turned into the upcoming  

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