24 August 2017
CAW's Acting Director speaks out on controversial badger culling issue
Dr Steven McCulloch
has published five papers on the highly controversial issue of bovine TB and badger culling. The set of papers, co-authored with Professor Michael Reiss (UCL) and published in the Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics
(Springer), are available to read open-access here
. The research discusses the science, policy and politics
of bovine TB and badger culling and argues for mandatory Animal Welfare Impact Assessment (AWIA) for all policy that significantly impacts animals, which are recognised as sentient beings.
McCulloch and Reiss argue that controversial policy issues such as badger culling should also be informed by robust ethical analysis conducted by independent experts. In bovine TB policy, application of AWIA
reveals badger culling involves killing five badgers to prevent the slaughter of one cow. Using established moral frameworks
, McCulloch and Reiss argue that, considering impacts on humans, cattle and badgers, non-culling policy options, including improved cattle-based controls and the vaccination of badgers, are superior to badger culling.
24 July 2017
Monkey selfies, copyright and animal rights
Dr Steven McCulloch, Acting Director of the Centre for Animal Welfare and Lecturer in Human-Animal Studies, looks at the US Court of Appeal Naruto vs David Slater case and its relation to the animal rights debate.
17 July 2017
Centre for Animal Welfare welcomes new team member
A warm welcome to Dr Kelly Gouveia, our new Postdoctoral Fellow in Animal Welfare. Dr Gouveia will be the new Programme Leader for the MSc Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law. Her main area of research is in the reduction, refinement and replacement of animal use in experimental research. She has also published in leading journals on the welfare of dairy cattle and companion animals. Find out more about Dr Kelly Gouveia.
8 July 2017
PhD viva voce success
Congratulations to Christina Nellist for successfully defending her PhD thesis ‘Ancient voices in modern theology. Orthodox theory and practice: animal suffering and welfare’. "Christina’s research on theology and animal welfare is immensely important and we wish her every success in the next stage of her career", commented Dr Steven McCulloch, Acting CAW Director.
7 June 2017
Political party manifestos: what do they pledge on animal welfare policy?
In light of the general election on 8 June, Dr Steven McCulloch, Lecturer in Human-Animal Studies and Acting Director of the Centre for Animal Welfare, looks at the policies related to animal welfare set out in the political parties’ manifestos.
19 April 2017
Was Jack the Ripper an abattoir worker?
The identity of Jack the Ripper remains one of the greatest unsolved crime mysteries in history. Jack was notorious both for the brutality of his murders and for his habit of stealing organs from his victims. His speed and skill in doing so, in conditions of poor light and haste, fuelled theories that he was a surgeon. However, re-examination of a mortuary sketch from one of his victims has revealed several key aspects that strongly suggest he had no professional surgical training.
A recently published groundbreaking article, co-authored by CAW Director Prof. Andrew Knight and historian Katherine Watson, argues that the technique used was more consistent with that of a slaughterhouse worker. The article considers the implications for modern animal slaughtering, and our social reliance on slaughterhouses.
Was Jack the Ripper a Slaughterman? Human-Animal Violence and the World’s Most Infamous Serial Killer is published online in Animals; read it HERE.
30 March 2017
Vegetarian pet diets publication proves a hit with readers
A recent publication on vegetarian pet diets by CAW PhD student Madelaine Leitsberger and CAW Director Prof. Andrew Knight has performed above all expectation. Despite only being published on 21 Sep. 2016, it was the most downloaded and had the greatest number of abstract views of all articles published in the journal Animals during 2016. Animals is a leading journal in the animal welfare field.
Knight, A. and Leitsberger, M. Vegetarian versus meat-based diets for companion animals. Animals 2016, 6, 57
15 March 2017
MEPs vote to end the 'cage age' for farmed rabbits across Europe
Yesterday, MEPs voted overwhelmingly in favour of species-specific legislation in a plenary vote; they urged the European Commission to begin the process of drafting legislation that would phase out, and ultimately ban, the use of all cages for farmed rabbits across the EU.
16 March 2017: Public Lecture Philip Lymbery: Dead Zone: where the wild things were
A free public lecture by CAW's Visiting Professor and Director of Compassion in World Farming Philip Lymbery. Today many wild animals face extinction, and it’s not only climate change and habitat destruction that are to blame. The impact of consumer demand for cheap meat is equally devastating and it is vital that we confront this problem if we are to stand a chance of reducing its effect on the world around us. The event was filmed and the video link will be made available soon.
18 March 2017: Recapturing the wisdom of the ancients
A workshop led by CAW PhD student Christine Nellist as part of the SARX Creature Conference in London. Discover how some of earliest and greatest Christians understood animals and animal issues. This workshop also practically explored how the wisdom of the early Church Fathers, saints and monastics can be applied to contemporary animal concerns such as hunting and factory farming. Visit the Creature Conference website for further details.