Animal Welfare News

ICRAD ERA-NET has launched a Call for Transnational Collaborative Research Projects: “One Health Approach to Zoonoses Research and Innovation”

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ERA-NET ICRAD has launched an additional call with the overall goal  to support cross-cutting research and innovation to better understand zoonoses. It  focuses on the animal-human-environment interface and on developing novel vaccine and diagnostics technology platforms to improve animal health and welfare.

The objective of this funding call is to increase preparedness and improve the ability to respond to (re)-emerging zoonotic disease threats and contribute to improved animal and public health. This will be done through studies focusing on (re)-emergence of pathogens with zoonotic potential, understanding animal host-pathogen interactions and the immune response, and by developing detection and prevention platforms.

The pre-proposals will address one of the following research areas:

  • Research area 1: Improved understanding of animal-human-environment interface
               – Pathogen (Re)-Emergence and Host Adaptation
               – Host/Pathogen Interactions

  • Research area 2: Detection and Prevention
               – Vaccine Technology Platforms
               – Diagnostic Technology Platforms

 

Eligibility

In this call, ICRAD expects proposals for collaborative research, development and innovation from transnational consortia composed of members from at least three different countries with a maximum of eight (including associated countries), with no more than two partners from one country. National and regional eligibility rules must be followed.

The deadline for project submission: December 15th, 2021, 15:00 h (CET)

Projects are expected to start from April 2023 at the latest, depending on grant negotiations with the relevant regional or national funding organisations.

For futher information, please consult:  http://www.submission-icrad.eu.

 

 

EFSA: Poultry welfare at slaughter: hazards identified and measures proposed

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Recently EFSA has proposed measures to address the animal welfare hazards most commonly observed during the slaughter of poultry for food production and disease control. A comprehensive overview covers the entire slaughter process from arrival and unloading of birds through stunning to bleeding and killing. It identifies a number of hazards that give rise to welfare issues – such as pain, thirst, hunger or restricted movement – and proposes preventive and corrective measures where possible. Most of the hazards are the result of staff failings e.g. lack of training and skilled personnel. EFSA’s advice highlights the importance of staff being adequately trained in the different phases of slaughter and for clear identification of roles and responsibilities.

The new scientific opinions are the first in a series of updates on welfare of animals at slaughter requested by the European Commission. EFSA will publish further opinions in 2020 on pigs (March), cattle (June), and other species (December).

The reports are available at:
https://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/efsajournal/pub/5849
https://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/efsajournal/pub/5850

EFSA panel renewal 2018: animal health and welfare

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The Panel on Animal Health and Welfare (AHAW) provides scientific advice on all aspects of animal diseases and animal welfare. Its work chiefly concerns food producing animals, including fish.

AHAW Panel Members are scientists from across Europe with expertise in:

Risk assessment, quantitative risk assessment, modelling
Microbiology and pathology (applied to infectious diseases of food-producing animals, including aquatic animals)
Epidemiology
Animal welfare
Animal production (husbandry, housing and management, animal transport and stunning and killing of animals)
Panel members

Register now on EFSA’s website www.efsa.europa.eu/ and prepare your application in advance so that you can submit it between 1 June and 8 September 2017.