• Why is good handling and management so important for farm animal welfare?

    The attitude, behaviour, skills and knowledge of the people who manage and handle farm animals is known as stockpersonship. Knowledgeable, caring and low-stress handling and animal management, when practised consistently, is key to good stockpersonship and farm animal welfare. Technical skills and knowledge are important, so it is essential that…

  • How does farm animal welfare fit into corporate social responsibility (CSR)?

    What is corporate social responsibility? The concept of corporate social responsibility (CSR) arose in the 1970s in western societies because of changing societal values. The pressing day-to-day social challenges that existed after World War II, e.g. finding a job, finding a house, and amassing material possessions, were beginning to dissipate,…

  • What does ethical investment mean when it comes to farm animal welfare?

    If you are a consumer who cares about the welfare of farm animals, you will probably be purchasing higher welfare food. But, if you are an investor, and interested in animal welfare, do you seek out businesses or farm animal production systems that aim to achieve high levels of animal…

  • How can climate change affect animal welfare?

    RSPCA Australia acknowledges that there is scientific consensus that climate change is caused by greenhouse gas emissions from human activities including electricity generation, agriculture (including livestock farming), industry, waste, and land use [1, 2]. Climate change can have a negative effect on animal health and welfare directly (e.g. increased risk…

  • How should I handle my rabbit?

    Rabbits who are properly socialised (including being handled appropriately) from a young age tend to be calmer and more confident when handled. They are also more likely to be less stressed and even enjoy being handled if they have been adequately socialised. This is important as it is necessary to…

  • Can you give me some general advice on caring for my rabbits?

    There are about 30 breeds of rabbits, ranging in colours, shapes and sizes but all need similar care and attention. The following provides some general advice about rabbit care. Rabbits need the companionship of other rabbits Rabbits are a social species and should not be kept alone, or without at…