Welcome to the website of the Wild Animal Welfare Committee (WAWC)

The WAWC was set up in September 2014 to provide independent advice and evidence about the welfare of free-living wild animals in the UK, aiming to reduce harm to animals and prevent suffering caused by human activity.

WAWC members sit in a personal capacity.

The Committee receives a secretariat service from OneKind animal protection charity.

See the WAWC Mission Statement.

See the current members of WAWC.

Latest news from the WAWC

  • WAWC welcomes three new members 2017-11-22 18:11:13

    The Wild Animal Welfare Committee (WAWC) is delighted to announce that Kathryn Arnold, Sandra Baker and Alick Simmons have joined the pioneering independent wild animal welfare group.

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  • WAWC Conference snapshot 2017-01-11 10:01:50

    The WAWC conference on 8 November 2016 provided an important opportunity for the Committee to set out its aims, explore the current state of knowledge about wild animal welfare, and seek views from the many knowledgeable stakeholders who attended.

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  • Wild Animal Welfare Committee Conference 2016-10-07 13:47:00

    Conference to focus on challenges and opportunities in wild animal welfare.  From hunting with dogs to the grouse shooting debate, from rodenticides to the badger cull, from ocean noise to climate change: many of today’s countryside and conservation debates are of key relevance to animal welfare, yet this aspect can often be overlooked. The Wild Animal Welfare Committee conference in Edinburgh on 8 November offers an opportunity for everyone with an interest in wildlife welfare to discuss and...

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