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  1. Potential behavioural indicators of post-operative pain in male laboratory rabbits following abdominal surgery

    Contributor(s):: Farnworth, M. J., Walker, J. K., Schweizer, K. A., Chuang, C. L., Guild, S. J., Barrett, C. J., Leach, M. C., Waran, N. K.

    This study aimed to identify behaviours that could be used to assess post-operative pain and analgesic efficacy in male rabbits. In consideration of the 'Three Rs', behavioural data were collected on seven male New Zealand White rabbits in an ethically approved experiment requiring abdominal...

  2. Stakeholders' assessment of welfare indicators for sheep and cattle exported by sea from Australia

    Contributor(s):: Pines, M. K., Petherick, J. C., Gaughan, J. B., Phillips, C. J. C.

    An adaptive conjoint analysis was used to evaluate stakeholders' opinion of welfare indicators for ship-transported sheep and cattle, both onboard and in pre-export depots. In consultations with two nominees of each identified stakeholder group (government officials, animal welfare...

  3. Successful group housing of wild-caught brushtail possums ( Trichosurus vulpecula )

    Contributor(s):: McLeod, B. J., Thompson, E. G., Crawford, J. L., Shackell, G. H.

    The husbandry of the common brushtail possum colony in the Invermay Agricultural Centre, New Zealand is described. Emphasis has been placed on the maintenance of social interaction between possums and their ability to exhibit instinctive behaviour patterns. It is suggested that, under these...

  4. The effect of handling under anaesthetic on the recapture rate of wild ship rats ( Rattus rattus )

    Contributor(s):: Prout, D. M., King, C. M.

    This paper describes a two-part study of small predators in New Zealand forests. First, during 12 days of live-trapping, 31 wild ship rats were captured, tagged and released: 9 were handled while anaesthetised using halothane and 22 were handled while conscious using gloves. There was a...

  5. The ethical review process in the UK and Australia: the Australian experience of improved dialogue and communication

    Contributor(s):: Bradshaw, R. H.

  6. The welfare implications of shepherding during lambing in extensive New Zealand farming systems

    Contributor(s):: Fisher, M. W., Mellor, D. J.

  7. Traps for killing stoats ( Mustela erminea ): improving welfare performance

    Contributor(s):: Warburton, B., Poutu, N., Peters, D., Waddington, P.

    Fenn traps are widely used in New Zealand for control of small predators. Introduced stoats (Mustela erminea) pose a significant risk to many indigenous New Zealand bird species, and the Department of Conservation (DOC) has used Fenn traps to reduce their numbers over the last 20-30 years....

  8. Validation of broiler chicken gait scoring training in Thailand, Brazil and New Zealand

    Contributor(s):: Butterworth, A., Knowles, T. G., Whittington, P., Matthews, L., Rogers, A., Bagshaw, C. S.

    Broiler chickens are the most numerous terrestrial farmed animals on earth. These birds can suffer a range of pathologies which result in lameness, and one technique for assessing the impact of lameness on the individual bird, and on the flock has been gait scoring. This paper describes a study...

  9. Countering brutality to wildlife, relationism and ethics: conservation, welfare and the 'ecoversity'. (Special issue: Minding animals: Emerging issues concerning our relationships with other animals.)

    Contributor(s):: Garlick, S., Matthews, J., Carter, J.

    Wildlife objectification and cruelty are everyday aspects of Australian society that eschew values of human kindness, empathy, and an understanding of the uniqueness and importance of non-human life in the natural world. Fostered by institutional failure, greed and selfishness, and the worst...

  10. Integrating practical, regulatory and ethical strategies for enhancing farm animal welfare

    Contributor(s):: Mellor, D. J., Stafford, K. J.

    The study was conducted to provide an integrated view of relationships between assessment of animal welfare, societal expectations regarding animal welfare standards, the need for regulation, and two ethical strategies for promoting animal welfare, emphasizing farm animals. Ideas in relevant...

  11. An international gene bank for guide dogs: organisation, utilization and potential

    Contributor(s):: Kolosi, J., Gunn, I. M.

    The Royal Guide Dogs Association of Australia (RGDAA) has a breeding population of Labrador Retrievers consisting of 30 females and 11 stud males. Frozen semen from guide dog centres in UK and USA is used in its breeding programme to minimize inbreeding. The RGDAA is establishing an international...

  12. The benefits of pets and the human animal bond

    Contributor(s):: Kibble, R. M.