Centre for Animal Welfare Round-up 2018

20 Sep 2018

September 2018 news

Prof. Knight will be on the expert panel at the October meeting of the All-party Parliamentary Dog Advisory Welfare Group (APDAWG). The meeting, which will take place at the Houses of Parliament on 30 October, will focus on welfare issues in greyhound racing. Find out more.

August 2018 news

Professor David Clough, CAW Visiting Professor and Professor of Theological Ethics at the University of Chester, has been awarded funding for a ground-breaking three-year project on the Christian ethics of farmed animal welfare. Read on.

July 2018 news

Congratulations to CAW research student Madelaine Leitsberger, who has passed her PhD viva with no corrections. Her thesis is titled 'Unleashing the synergisms of animal ethics to advance animal protection'. Madelaine's PhD is the first completion in our series of 175 Studentships, fully funded studentships to celebrate the University's 175th anniversary. Find out more about research degrees at Winchester and our studentship opportunities.

Last month, Prof. Knight’s report Uncaging New Zealand’s Sows: Scrutinising Farrowing Crates was published by SAFE, a leading New Zealand animal advocacy organisation. It documents the plight experienced by around 15,000 New Zealand sows annually, who are confined within metal cages barely larger than their own bodies, in a practice claimed to decrease piglet mortality. The report was delivered to NZ’s Primary Production Select Committee along with SAFE’s own submission. The Committee is reviewing a 112,844-signature petition (the largest in 5 years), delivered to Parliament in March, which requested a ban on sow farrowing crates. See also the related media release, fact sheet and more.

June 2018 news

CAW research into vegetarian companion animal diets featured prominently in Images of Research, an exhibition celebrating the breadth and impact of research carried out at the University of Winchester. The exhibition was displayed throughout June in the Winchester Discovery Centre, in the heart of the community, and attracted many visitors. Find out more about Images of Research.

May 2018 news

In May 2018, Prof. Knight was interviewed for a forthcoming cinematic feature documentary called ‘Eating our Way to Extinction’, which looks at the great need for a global shift towards a plant-based diet. The film’s pre-production trailers on Facebook have been viewed over 43 million times and the production's release to a global audience is planned for 2019. "I am excited about this film", commented Prof. Knight. "And about the enormous number of people it will reach, and the good it will do concerning this extremely important topic."

Also in May, he was interviewed for a forthcoming virtual ‘plant-powered dog food summit’. Prof. Knight is a specialist in vegetarian diets for companion animals; the article 'Vegetarian versus meat-based diets for companion animals', co-written with Madelaine Leitsberger, was the most viewed and downloaded article in the journal Animals for 2016. Extending his research to vegan diets, he recently published 'How to safely veganise your cat or dog' in Green for Life.

In late May, Prof. Knight was one of the signatories of a letter signed by 50 experts calling on the UK government to ban fur imports post-Brexit.

February 2018 news

Annual IFAW & University of Winchester MSc AWSEL Essay Competition: Winners and Runners Up

Hawaii-based Shannon Noelle Rivera has won the CAW/IFAW 2017-18 MSc annual essay competition. Shannon's winning entry Playing Politics with Animals: Corruption in CITES and the International Wildlife Trade is a critique of a CITES, a fundamental piece of the international wildlife regulatory landscape.

Alice Oven, of London, and Holly Hackney of Sussex, have been awarded running up prizes. Alice's essay is titled Why Compassion Must Unify Our Call for Conservation: The Power of Public Support and Protest. Holly wrote A Discussion on Shark Conservation and the Shark Fin Trade. Shannon, Alice and Holly are all MSc Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law distance learning students at the University of Winchester. All three essays will be published on the IFAW website. Shannon will be invited to write a guest blog on the IFAW website related to her winning essay. All of the essays were of an excellent standard and congratulations to all three students!

CAW submits response to EFRA Committee and Defra consultation on the Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Sentience) Bill

The Centre for Animal Welfare has submitted responses to consultations on the Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Sentience) Bill to the EFRA Committee and Defra.

The CAW submission calls on the government to not weaken animal protection during Brexit. Thus, Clause 1 of the Bill should effectively transpose Article 13 of the Lisbon Treaty. The CAW response can be found at this link: CAW_response_to_EFRA-2018. The EFRA Committee's published pre-legislative scrutiny refers to 'Animal Welfare Impact Assessment' as a possible model for government accountability for animal welfare policy. Animal Welfare Impact Assessment was a key recommendation in CAW's consultation response. Government recognition of animal sentience and an effective mechanism to pay full regard to animal welfare in formulating and implementing policy are of critical importance to animal welfare and the Centre will continue to focus on this issue.

For 2017 news and events, click here.

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