Issues Magazine

Issues Magazine 103

An overview of what's in this edition of Issues.
Incident after incident has shown that the live export trade cannot be regulated to ensure high animal welfare standards. Live exports should be banned.
The introduction of the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System in 2011 is the most significant reform the live export industry has ever seen.
The Australian livestock export industry has become a world leader in terms of the quality of livestock it supplies, its efficiency and animal welfare.
Do some research into animals raised for food and you may be tempted to become a vegan.
Unnecessary, inferior and cruel animal research and testing must be more honestly addressed in a civilised and scientifically advanced society such as ours.
Developing medical research methodologies that don’t involve experiments on animals reduces suffering for all species – human and non-human.
Animal ethics committees are a way for the community to participate in decision-making about the care and use of animals in research.
Learning by chicks in the egg is crucial to the survival of superb fairy-wrens, and has the power to change our perception of other species.
With careful attention to the science and planning, targeting foxes in a wildlife-rich environment can be a success.
The fight against the wildlife black market is an uphill battle, but compassionate organisations are rising to the challenge.
Zoos are for the enjoyment of humans, not animals. Our focus must be on retention and regeneration of natural habitat.
It’s expensive, outdated, deadly and cruel, but the horses are still flying high, risking deadly falls, at South Australian race meetings.
Our affinity for animals is undeniable, but welfare education continues to be important in shaping behaviour towards them.
Pet obesity and obesity-related disease are growing problems. Seeking advice early could avoid poor pet health and expensive treatment.
The “Smiling Animals in the Dreamtime” project is improving the health and well-being of animals and community members by improving how children care for pets.
A video looks at the cruel animal trade that led to a popular youtube video.
Toxicologist and pharmacologist Prof Thomas Hartung explains why animal testing is often unnecessary or of questionable efficacy. He discusses the emerging protocols and technologies that enable development of safe products without the need to conduct animal testing.
Live export presents a singularly difficult problem for ensuring animal welfare.
As polar bears begin to die of starvation in a warming Arctic, should we be feeding them? What are the ethical implications of feeding wild animals brought to this point by human actions?
How are we to know that our free range eggs are really free range?
The “acceptable Exporter Supply Chain Assurance system” has now been active for 18 months. How many complaints have been investigated, and what results have we seen?
The withdrawal of animal welfare-branded shopping bags has raised some important questions about the growing power of ethical consumption.
The economic literature shows animal welfare and productivity are in conflict.
Should drought-affected livestock be allowed to graze in national parks – against the wishes of environmentalists?
Animal experimentation is an established yet controversial practice. Should it continue and what are the alternatives?
Animal research is being carefully selected, misrepresented and trivialised in animal welfare campaigns
The evidence of gross cruelty in Egyptian slaughterhouses that came to light in May 2013 underlines that while some progress may have been made, the problems in the Australian live export trade are far from solved.
A review of the scientific literature reveals that animal research isn't generally applicable to humans.
Mice are the most important model organisms used in medical research.
Zebrafish research is now carried out in at least 600 laboratories worldwide, including 20 in Australia.
An enormous amount of what we know about genetics has come from research using the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster.