Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation Head of Research Dr Steven McCulloch has co-authored a paper with John Garratt on wild fish welfare in UK commercial sea fisheries, who has a professional background in the navy and in the civil service.
The Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation is an independent organisation which
seeks to advance farm animal welfare and the lives of animals in the UK and around the
world. Our small but impactful team is made up of leading experts in the field of animal
welfare, research, politics and public affairs
After two decades of scientific and government scrutiny, Defra is reviewing the future of elephant-keeping in the
UK. At this juncture, the government is urged to take decisive action.
Farrowing crates cause the greatest degree of confinement of farmed animals of any system
in the UK and European Union. The crate measures approximately 198cm x 60cm x 60cm
with a footfall (area) of 1.23m².1 This means that the sow is able to stand up and lie down,
but is unable to turn around or move freely to explore her environment. In the UK, 60% of
breeding sows are kept in crates, meaning over 200,000 sows are confined in this way
Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation Briefing Document: The Legal Protection of Farmed Fish vs Terrestrial Farmed Animals:
What are the anomalies and how can they be addressed?
Lumpfish and wrasse species are remarkable animals with unique personalities and the ability for tool use. They even show some evidence of self-awareness. Relying on their
natural (yet, opportunistic) ‘cleaning’ behaviour, the aquaculture industry uses millions of them (about 15 million produced in Scotland in 2020) to eat sea lice from farmed salmon. The industry refers to them as ‘cleaner fish’, hiding their rights as individual sentient beings.
76% of people in the UK believe the welfare of fish should be safeguarded to the same extent as other farmed animals
This report demonstrates how large-scale industrial animal agriculture cannot remain at the current levels in the UK and still meet environmental targets.
This brief by GeneWatch UK highlights many questions regarding the mechanistic underpinnings of DNA repair pathways in the genome editing process, and how this may impact the safety and efficacy of genome-edited organisms.
We discuss the ways in a ban on caged systems for laying hens would impact three major groups: the British public, the hens & producers.
FAWC have identified a number of welfare impacts which animals may experience when they are transported, detailed in this short report to the Government.
Our report details our recommendations for the new trade agreements for agricultural land use and food policy.
Farmwel is working to generate momentum towards sustainable and accountable mainstream agriculture and aquaculture, focussing on the environment, people’s livelihoods, and farm animal welfare.
As the UK will soon no longer be bound by the EU’s free trade rules, we call for the Government to ban the live export trade for slaughter and fattening which over the years has caused immense suffering to our animals.