AVMA Welfare Focus Newsletter - Publications of Interest December 2012

New Publications*


  • Higginson Cutler, J. Welfare in dairy cattle: Epidemiologic approaches for detection and treatment of lameness University of Guelph, 2012. View full text
    A PhD thesis developing techniques to address lameness in dairy cows including the use of a pedometer to detect lameness.
  • Pastorellia H, Le Floc N, Merlot E et al. Sanitary housing conditions modify the performance and behavioural response of weaned pigs to feed- and housing-related stressors. Animal 2012; 6: 1811-1820. View abstract
    Suggests that cleanliness of housing can determine whether factors such as a dietary change will have a negative impact on the welfare of piglets.
  • Velie BD, Knight PK, Thomson PC et al. The association of age at first start with career length in the Australian Thoroughbred racehorse population. Equine Veterinary Journal 2012; in press. View full text
    Presents data suggesting that horses that begin racing at two years of age are not at increased risk of injury or premature retirement.
  • Villagrá A, Olivas I, Estellés F et al. How far may rabbit cage’s space recommendations reach the gap between science and regulation. World Rabbit Science Association Proceedings 10th World Rabbit Congress – September 3 - 6, 2012– Sharm El- Sheikh –Egypt, 1057-1061. View full text
    A discussion of how minimum cage size is determined and regulated for farmed rabbits, with implications for other species and applications.
  • Wrenn C. Abolitionist animal rights: critical comparisons and challenges within the animal rights movement. Interface: a journal for and about social movements. 2012; 4: 438 – 458. View full text
    A discussion of the state of the ‘abolitionist’ movement to end all human use of animals, and obstacles to its mainstream acceptance.


  • Gullone, E. Animal Cruelty, Antisocial Behaviour, and Aggression: More than a Link (Palgrave Macmillan Animal Ethics). Palgrave Macmillan
    A book aiming to assimilate research on anti-society behavior with research on animal cruelty.
  • Harding S. Unleashed: The Phenomena of Status Dogs and Weapon Dogs. Policy Press
    An investigation into sub-cultures that cultivate “dangerous” and fighting dogs.
  • May S, Wathes C, Corr S et al. Veterinary and Animal Ethics: Proceedings of the First International Conference on Veterinary and Animal Ethics, September 2011 (UFAW Animal Welfare). Wiley-Blackwell
    A collection covering the rudiments of veterinary ethical thinking in the modern context.
  • Merck MD. Veterinary Forensics. Wiley-Blackwell
    The second edition of this text.

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