The WAWC is keen to hear from anyone with an interest in the welfare of free-living wildlife in the UK.

 

WELFARE OF HUNTED FOXES – CALL FOR EVIDENCE

Dear Colleague,

The Wild Animal Welfare Committee (WAWC) is seeking to collate robust evidence specifically on the welfare of foxes flushed from cover by dogs.

Since the publication of the June 2000 report of Committee of Inquiry into Hunting with Dogs in England and Wales, chaired by Lord Burns, we are aware of only a very limited amount of new information that could be used to inform the current debate on the number of dogs which should be used to flush foxes from cover. 

If you know of any new evidence-based information of direct relevance to this issue, please would you make us aware of this by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The WAWC intends to collate all relevant information received to produce a statement to inform the current debate. 

Areas of specific interest include evidence about the difference in welfare terms between using two dogs and using a full pack to flush foxes, and whether there is any animal welfare-based case to change the law in either Scotland or England and Wales.

Importantly, we are not seeking personal or organisational views about the existing or proposed legislation, nor any anecdotal observations or reports of cases. 

We would be grateful for a response by Monday 11 January 2016

Thank you for your help. 

Dr Pete Goddard

B.Vet.Med., PhD, Dip.ECSRHM, Dip.ECAWBM, MRCVS

WAWC Chair

 

The WAWC is currently carrying out a stakeholder survey to assess interested parties’ support for the creation of a Wild Animal Welfare Committee and discuss its role in protecting wild animals in the UK.

The WAWC Inaugural Conference - Wild Animal Welfare: Challenges and Opportunities - took place in Edinburgh on 8 November 2016.

Click on the links below to see the speakers' presentations.


CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

Conference Introduction   
Dr Pete Goddard
Duration: 6.49
https://youtu.be/Ih9DLyccmxQ

The WAWC: Separating fact from fudge 
Professor Ranald Munro
Duration: 16.54
https://youtu.be/llfKLza83tA

KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Wildlife welfare: towards a practical ethic for animals  
Professor David Fraser, University of British Columbia
Duration: 49.30
https://youtu.be/OtunTVMLt1w

Principles of wild animal welfare law 

Dr Angus Nurse, Middlesex University

Duration: 32.00
https://youtu.be/KHX5fpu5PYI
 
The challenges of wild animal welfare in research  
Dr Carl Soulsbury, University of Lincoln
Duration: 30.13
https://youtu.be/3O75ZxeoRnU
 
First report from WAWC’S major review of UK wild animal welfare issues: terrestrial wild mammals 
Professor Piran White, University of York
Duration:30.10
https://youtu.be/dl9b0T7D3s4
 
Panel Session 
Introduction by Panel Chair
Carol McKenna
Animal welfare in a conservation context
Chris Draper
Duration: 20.46
https://youtu.be/1wXBg7iBU5k

 
Welfare concerns for marine mammals 
Sarah Dolman
Duration: 11.52
https://youtu.be/vIaHX1ZtcqA
 
Welfare gaps in UK wildlife trapping 
Dr Sandra Baker
Duration: 22.15
https://youtu.be/FeflR4eBLrk

 
Misguided human interventions 
Dr Liz Mullineaux
Duration: 14.11
https://youtu.be/Sq2btbYxeAw

 
Audience debate and summing up 
Duration: 50.01
https://youtu.be/9q-iL7t85Fc
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