Farmed salmon are deaf – and now we know why
University of Melbourne scientists have discovered why farmed salmon are three times more likely to be deaf; raising concerns over animal welfare in aquaculture
Make sure your pets have festive fun too
The festive season poses all sorts of risks for our beloved pets, but with some careful planning they can enjoy the holidays too.
Why a cat’s whiskers are the bee’s knees
Whether being used to aid navigation, warn of incoming predators or mop up milk, whiskers are an important addition to a cat's senses.
Farmed salmon hard of hearing
Half of the world's farmed Atlantic salmon suffer from earbone deformities and associated hearing loss, according to new research.
Breaking: Pigs like cuddles too
Pigs produce more oxytocin or 'love hormone' after positive interaction with a human, suggesting they feel emotions just like we do, a world-first study shows.
Putting the chicken before the eggs
The proposed rules for limits in the number of hens per metre allowed in free range egg farms work to make us feel better, rather than ensure animal welfare.
Hello pet! Our love can hurt our animal friends
Bioethicist Peter Sandøe joins the Up Close podcast to discuss the complicated relationship between humans and animals and its ethical implications.
If your fur baby is too fat, you probably are too
Researchers think our dogs are too fat because we humanize them, which makes us want to feed them more. But this has an impact on their quality of life.
Fur and against: Scrutinizing the efficacy of animal testing and its alternatives
On the Up Close podcast: toxicologist and pharmacologist Thomas Hartung explains why animal testing is often unnecessary or of questionable efficacy.
Close to the bone: The case for remodelling racehorse training
Racehorse training regimens are not giving horses' bones enough rest time, leading to poor performance and greater risk of deadly injuries.