7 December 2016: Prof. Knight's Inaugural Lecture: Was Jack the Ripper a slaughterman? Unexpected journeys in animal welfare
In his inaugural lecture, Prof. Andrew Knight recounted his adventures in animal welfare, which have involved climbing a Caribbean volcano with an ironing board, swimming with sea turtles and being insulted by a bionic donkey named Ruth. He also talked about his intriguing new theory that Jack the Ripper may well have been an abattoir worker... Watch the video.
An afternoon event looking at the connections between animal welfare and religion. A wide range of voices have challenged traditional social uses of animals and called for stronger measures to protect their welfare. Where have religious voices been in this debate, and what have they been telling us? How and why do ethical and religious perspectives on animals vary, among different religious traditions?
The videos of this event are now available! Watch them HERE.
Monday 6 June 2016: Zoopolis examined
A panel discussion, co-hosted by the University's Institute for Value Studies.
Sue Donaldson and Will Kymlicka discussed their book Zoopolis: a political theory of animal rights with a panel consisting of Sabina Lovibond (Em. Fellow of Worcester College, Univ. of Oxford), Alasdair Cochrane (Senior Lecturer in Political Theory, Univ. of Sheffield) and from the Unviersity of Winchester, CAW's Prof. Kay Peggs and Institute for Value Studies Director Dr Thomas Nørgaard. For further information, contact Madelaine Leitsberger.
3 Nov. 2016
Winchester becomes first university to sign Creaturekind Commitment
On 2 Nov. 2016, Winchester became the first university to sign the Creaturekind Commitment. This initiative, developed by Dr David Clough, Professor of Theological Ethics at the University of Chester, asks signatories to recognise the impacts of intensive farming on humans, animals and the environment, and to commit to a programme of reducing consumption of animal products, sourcing remaining products from higher welfare sources, setting goals for improved practice, and regularly reviewing them.
“The University of Winchester is a Church foundation and a values-driven institution committed to high standards of environmental sustainability, Fairtrade practices and animal welfare,” said Professor Elizabeth Stuart, who signed on behalf of the University during the Animal Welfare and Religion Symposium (see below). “Signing the CreatureKind Commitment connects our values with our practice. Compassion is at the heart of our institution and we seek to improve the lives of animals used in the production of meat, dairy and eggs, and reduce the demand for animal products from factory farms.”
First Deputy Vice-Chancellor Prof. Elizabeth Stuart and Dr David Clough signing the Creaturekind commitment at the Animal Welfare and Religion Symposium
6 Oct. 2016
New partnership to boost animal welfare expertise
The Centre for Animal Welfare has entered into a partnership with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to create a new generation of animal welfare experts and ensure that animal welfare is recognised and respected as an expert discipline in its own right.
Cynthia Milburn, Senior Advisor Policy Development at IFAW, and Professor Joy Carter, the University's Vice-Chancellor, signing the partnership agreement
26 May 2016
Centre for Animal Welfare formally launched at high-profile event
Saturday 21st May saw the offical launch of the University's Centre for Animal Welfare. At this successful event, attended by University representatives and external guests, animal advocate Heather Mills and TV actor and animal cruelty activist Peter Egan shared their inspiring stories about campaigning for animal welfare. Read the full press release.
To view the launch video, please click here
Left to right: Philip Lymbery, CEO of Compassion in World Farming; Professor Elizabeth Stuart, First Deputy Vice-Chancellor; Peter Egan; Heather Mills; Professor Joy Carter, Vice-Chancellor, and Professor Andrew Knight, Director of the Centre for Animal Welfare
Goverment abandons plans to repeal guidance on animal welfare standards
Earlier this year, Conservative ministers were planning to repeal an array of official guidance on animal welfare standards. The outcry over this has resulted in these government plans being dropped. "The animal welfare Codes of Practice have been saved", commented CAW Director Prof. Andrew Knight. Read the full Guardian article.
CAW Director writes guest blogs for Compassion in World Farming
In a two-part guest blog on the Compassion in World Farming website, Professor Andrew Knight talks about how he came to be a leading animal welfare academic and how he launched a Centre for Animal Welfare at the University of Winchester.
18 October 2016: The role of livestock in sustainable agriculture. Delivering for people, animals and planet
CAW's Visiting Professor and Director of Compassion in World Farming Philip Lymbery was a panellist at this side event at the Committee on World Food Security Annual Plenary 43 in Rome. This event examined optimal ways to develop farming in order to maximise the food security and nutrition of malnourished adults and children and enhance the wellbeing of humans, the environment and livestock. Find out more
15 October 2016: Systematic reviews of animal experiments demonstrate poor contributions to human healthcare
On 15 October 2016, Prof. Andrew Knight will deliver the presentation 'Systematic reviews of animal experiments demonstrate poor contributions to human healthcare’ at the Science Instead of Animal Experiments Congress in Cologne.
20 Sept 2016: Raising standards at the time of slaughter: analysing the potential impact of Brexit upon animal welfare
Prof. Andrew Knight will be chairing this day-long Public Policy Exchange symposium at the Grange Wellington Hotel in London.
31 March 2016
Ministers planning to repeal guidance on animal welfare standards
Conservative ministers are planning to repeal an array of official guidance on animal welfare standards, starting with a move to put the official code on farming chickens for meat and breeding into the hands of the poultry industry. Liz Truss, the environment secretary, is overseeing moves to scrap the statutory codes on farm animal welfare and move to “industry-led” guidance, as part of her department’s deregulatory agenda. Read the full Guardian article.
10 Feb. 2016
Hunting Symposium videos now available
In November 2015, CAW hosted a major symposium on hunting, in conjunction with the University’s Institute for Value Studies. A range of expert speakers presented a wealth of expertise about this contentious issue. To maximise the positive impact of the symposium, videos of the speakers' presentations are now available HERE.
7 Jan. 2016
It’s time for universities to wake up and smell the greenhouse gases, says Vice-Chancellor
A thought-provoking article on the importance of climate change education in Higher Education was recently published by our Vice-Chancellor Prof. Joy Carter (photo), in the online THE. At CAW, we will certainly be including climate change considerations within our forthcoming course on animal welfare, given that the livestock sector contributes 14.5% of all anthropogenic (human-generated) greenhouse gases. All those concerned with animal issues should be aware of climate change issues, and what can be done to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.
- The full article by Prof. Carter can be found HERE
- To find out more about our new programme Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law, click HERE