Issue 14: Industrialization and intensification of animal agriculture in low- and middle-income countries: Key drivers

The deliberate, remarkably well executed, and massive efforts made by large meat/agri corporations and governments in LMICs is the leading cause for the industrialization and intensification of animal agriculture in these countries.

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Conversation with Prof. Donald Broom (Cambridge University) on pig welfare - Conversations With Clive series #2

Key topics of this conversation from April 2022: 1) Pigs are bright, social animals. 2) Pigs' living condition and confinement is currently the worst pig welfare problem. 3) Changes in pig rearing practices. 4) Farrowing crates and alternatives. 5) Free range outdoor pigs. 6) Slaughtering many animals during disease outbreaks. 7) Problems with rearing piglets (castrations, tail-docking, etc.) 8) Consumers want pigs to be less confined. 9) Transporting pigs. 10) The future.

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Conversation with Prof. Cathy Dwyer (University of Edinburgh) on Sheep Welfare - Conversations With Clive series #1

Key topics of this conversation from March 2022: 1) Smallholder sheep farming is important for livelihoods in lower and middle-income countries. 2) Are extensive systems free from welfare problems? 3) Are sheep looked after better in advanced countries? 4) Fewer new sheep farmers. 5) Fly strike. 6) Tail docking. 7) Shearing is major welfare challenge. 8) Castration of male lambs. 9) Long distance live transport's many problems. 10) Looking ahead: Sheep's multiple roles from wool, milk, to land conservation. 11) Sheep farming in the UK.

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Issue 13: "Unconventional" animals farmed for human food: What, where why

This issue of ASWT is aimed at giving readers a sense of an increasing number of "unconventional" animal species that are bred and raised to provide food for humans and traded in different parts of the world.

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Issue 12: International trade in animal-sourced foods: What impacts does it have? How does it affect production of food animals?

This issue of ASWT features academic studies that look into aspects and impacts of international trade in animal-sourced foods, from antimicrobial resistance, nitrogen emissions, to meeting China's demand for such foods.

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TITLE: Situational analysis of farm animal cruelty in large farms, community, government authorities in Kenya. AUTHOR: M. Luvanda. KEYWORDS: animal welfare; farmers; government; Kenya.

This report highlights the leading farm animal welfare concerns in Kenya, and the current legislation and policies in Kenya that are relevant to farm animal welfare. It also explains the main reasons why farm animals in the country are not handled and treated well and how the concerns can be addressed.

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TITLE: How have corporate industrial food systems been entrenched into the Arab region? AUTHOR: C. Henderson. KEYWORDS: agribusinesses; investments; governments; Gulf states; Egypt; Morocco; Lebanon.

This Guidance Memo examines the rapid growth of agribusinesses and corporate food systems in the Arab region since the 1980s, especially the underlying political and economic factors. Egypt, Morocco, and Lebanon are used as case studies.

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TITLE: Opinions of stakeholders in Brazil towards gene editing of farm animals. AUTHOR: M.C. Yunes. KEYWORDS: gene editing; cattle; animal welfare; opinion survey; Brazil.

Laypersons, farmers, and professionals involved with livestock production in Brazil have different opinions about applying gene editing technology to farm animals.

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Issue 11: Outlook of animal agriculture sectors in China, from the lens of Chinese academics

This issue of Academic Studies Without Tears gives snapshots of current developments and outlook of five sectors in China: Pork, broiler chickens, eggs, dairy, beef according to a sample of academic papers written by one or more academic researcher(s) in China, or a team with a China-based lead author.

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