Animal Welfare Foundation Discussion Forum

Date: 11/05/2022

One Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AA and ONLINE




2022 Animal Welfare Foundation Discussion Forum – in person and online



The 2022 Forum will feature a series of discussions and debates about key cross-species welfare topics:

Welfare in pest control –  We will consider the ethics of pest control and how ‘pests’ are defined in various settings including agriculture, and subsequently how they are treated. Dr. Sandra Baker will present her findings from her AWF funded research project: An assessment of the relative welfare impacts of different rat control methods.

Gene editing – This debate will delve into whether gene editing is ‘good’ or ‘bad’ for animal welfare, whilst considering the different aspects such as editing for production, therapeutics and sustainability. 

Equine welfare – The speakers will explore numerous facets of equine practice and debate ‘where we draw the line in the sand’.

Are some breeds too extreme? – We’ll be asking whether we should be trying to improve welfare for breeds that are already compromised such as broiler chickens and extreme brachycephaly, or whether this perpetuates the problem.

Animal welfare: what matters to us and how can we be a force for change? – AWF and BVA will share their approach to creating a strategy for tackling animal welfare. We will discuss what issues to address next and how we can all work together to achieve our aims in improving animal welfare.


Speakers include: Cathy Dwyer, Siobhan Mullan, Dan O’Neill, Sandra Baker, Penny Hawkins, Matt Leach and Sean Wensley. 


AWF has a flexible cancellation policy which means you can cancel your in-person ticket or convert it to a virtual ticket up to 10 days before the event.

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