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American poultry companies supply large grocery stores and fast food chains sold tens of thousands of products contaminated with potentially deadly bacteria between 2015 and 2020, according to government sampling records. The allegations were made in a report published by Vice News. US food safety officials said they were committed to reducing foodborne infections.

Meanwhile, an obscure division of the United States Government had a busy – and unforgiving – year in 2021, killing more than 1.75 million animals across the country, at about 200 creatures per hour. The latest annual report from Wildlife Services, a department of the US Department of Agriculture, has further fueled the fury of conservation groups who have denounced the killings as cruel and unnecessary.

A appeal for humanitarian aid was published by the Association of Ukrainian Pig Breeders, as the ongoing war triggers a crisis for the country’s pork industry. “The war, triggered by Russia, has caused a crisis of enormous proportions which threatens food security, in particular the supply of animal protein,” the Ukrainian body said.

the escalation of the avian flu epidemic in the United States is causing egg prices to spike and could even increase the prices of other poultry products In the coming months. Bird flu spreading in the United States has killed more than 17 million birds, reducing the supply of eggs and poultry, reports the Wall Street Journal.

The European Commission has published a summary report of its consultation on animal welfare rules. He concluded that there was a “clear desire to see the end of the stunning water baththe killing of day-old chicks and new specific rules for the killing of farmed fish”. He also found support for the ban on live animal exports to third countries and the ban on the transport of unweaned calves.

Software to help farmers monitor pig growls to help understand when they need help is developed by an animal behaviorist Elodie Briefer from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. It follows a study in which researchers used an artificial intelligence system that determines whether the vocalizations made by pigs are expressions of positive or negative feelings, ABC News reported.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo and local leaders face renewed pressure to end the country’s brutality dog meat trade after images released by Humane Society International revealed what they claimed to be horrible animal cruelty and public health risks to cattle markets on the island of Sulawesi.

Grading of salmon smolts in a salmon hatchery. Compassion in World Farming has called for a moratorium on Scottish salmon farming. Photograph: Murdo MacLeod/The Guardian

UK News

Compassion in World Farming has submitted an open letter to the Scottish Parliament calling for a Scottish salmon farming moratorium until a number of animal welfare issues were resolved by the industry. Last year, the NGO released photographs and video footage it said showed individual fish in poor condition, with injuries, missing eyes and numerous sea lice. The salmon industry said the report did not reflect typical levels of fish welfare.

UK egg farmers are facing unprecedented increases in the cost of egg production, leaving many people on the brink of bankruptcy. Hendrix Genetics has reportedly stated that by July 2022 the adult laying hen population will be 3 million (9%) less than the previous two years, with the downtrend expected to accelerate. The national herd has decreases about 4 million over the past year.

According to World Animal Protection’s report, The Hidden Health Impacts of Industrial Livestock Systems, taxpayers pay trillions of pounds worldwide in environmental, health and economic costs related to the production of cheap meat. He reveals that 75% of antibiotics in the world are used on farm animals to prevent them from falling ill in bad conditions.

According to a report, there is strong evidence linking the chicken industry to toxic algae blooms on the River Wye. the Ithona tributary of the Wye in mid Wales, contains levels of phosphate up to ten times higher than in a healthy upland river, according to an analysis of samples by an expert commissioned by Fish Legal, the Times reported.

From the Farm Animals series

Consumers can no longer buy free-range eggs in the UK, with birds not allowed outside since November for fear of bird flu epidemics. Eggs sold in stores will have to bear a sticker or label indicating that they are in fact “coop eggs”, the name given to eggs produced by hens housed permanently indoors. Highly virulent variants of bird flu are now appearing endemic in wild birds, making farms prone to outbreaks all year round, experts have warned.

Bullfighting across Europe is being kept alive by millions of euros donated by the EU, campaigners claim, despite attempts by MEPs to ban the subsidies. Funding goes to farms that raise bulls to fight across the The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) of the EUa long-standing system of subsidies to the sector.

Of them RSPCA animal welfare experts have left the organization to campaign for an independent national animal welfare commission, saying the current regulatory structure is “broken”. Dr. Bidda Jones resigned as Scientific Director of RSPCA Australia at the end of 2021, after 25 years. Doctor Jed Goodfellow resigned as Senior Policy Officer in October.

And finally, meet the American activist who befriends farmers and takes in their unwanted male dairy calves, saving them from being killed and dumped on the farm. Many are slaughtered at birth because it’s cheaper and easier than waiting for them to put on weight and then driving them to market for auction.

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Thank you to everyone who continues to reach out to share their thoughts on the series.

Eleanor Callen wrote:

With all hens being kept indoors due to bird flu, and currently banned from free range, how does this affect the ‘organic’ label? Are organic hens always kept in smaller flocks, with more indoor space than free-range hens, and with minimal use of antibiotics?

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