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 identify priorities for policy development and government action.

Importantly, the conference will hear the first report, covering terrestrial mammals, from WAWC’s major review of UK wild animal welfare issues.

Key speakers at the conference include Professor Ranald Munro on “The WAWC: separating fact from fudge” and Professor David Fraser of the University of British Columbia on “Wildlife Welfare: towards a practical ethic for animals”.

WAWC Chair Dr Pete Goddard said:
“This will be an inclusive conference with ample opportunities for delegates to question, comment on and highlight wild animal welfare issues requiring urgent attention. In particular, the afternoon forum will combine short presentations by WAWC members with contributions from audience members who want to put a view, an idea or an issue to the conference.
“There is a great deal of knowledge and expertise in the wildlife sector and we really hope people will attend the conference and have their say. Attending the conference offers individuals and organisations the opportunity to shape the future work of the WAWC.”
Also speaking at the conference are Dr Angus Nurse on “Principles of Wild Animal Welfare Law”; Chris Draper on “Animal welfare in a conservation context”; Sarah Dolman on “Welfare concerns for marine mammals”; Professor Piran White on “Public values and attitudes towards wild animals” and Dr Liz Mullineaux on “Misguided human interventions”.

The WAWC is grateful to the Born Free Foundation, OneKind and the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare for supporting the conference.
Notes for Editors:
The Wild Animal Welfare Committee (WAWC) has been formed to provide independent expert advice on the welfare needs of wild animals to government and key policy makers.
The WAWC conference on 8 November will highlight wild animal welfare issues and questions about how wild animal welfare should be addressed in the UK.
Conference details:
Wild Animal Welfare: Challenges and Opportunities
Tuesday 8 November 2016
1000 - 1700
Edinburgh City Chambers
253 High Street
Edinburgh EH1 1YJ
TICKETS cost £45 to include all refreshments and drinks reception. Tickets available via Eventbrite

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Limited discounted places available for students at £30 – please contact the WAWC secretariat This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information or interviews, contact:

Louise Robertson 07930 539832 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dr Pete Goddard, WAWC Chair, 07527 402085 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">

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Wild Animal Welfare Committee

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