Centre for Animal Welfare Round-up 2018
Annual IFAW & University of Winchester MSc AWSEL Essay Competition: Winners and Runners Up
8 February 2018
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.
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