Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation – A little bit about us

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

Banning Farrowing Crates – Transitioning to free farrowing to meet the welfare needs of pigs

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

Cleaner Fish

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.

CAWF – The Case for Ending Beak Trimming

Feather pecking and cannibalism constitute the greatest economic and welfare pressures to poultry production today. The current response to this ongoing issue is beak trimming.

CAWF: Fish Sentience Briefing

“There is as much evidence that fish feel pain and suffer as there is for birds and mammals”

– Victoria Braithwaite, Author of “Do Fish Feel Pain?”

CAWF: Fish Welfare Report

The UK was one of the first countries to enact animal welfare legislation, however, fish have typically been left out of this progress.

CAWF: Ending Live Animal Exports

We recommend a complete ban on live animal exports. This would ensure they are slaughtered & raised according to UK’s welfare standards.

The Economics of Biodiversity

The review shows by bringing economics and ecology together, we can help save the natural world at what may be the last minute.

The Agriculture Bill 2019-21

The Bill provides the legislative framework for replacement agricultural support schemes following leaving the EU.

CAWF Brexit March 2017

It is important to ensure that animal welfare is not compromised as part of the process to leave the EU and that opportunities are taken to improve existing policies and standards.