The Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) will discuss legislation impact on livestock welfare at a discussion forum in May.

The AWF returns with its popular discussion forum on May 12, with vet David Chennells.

Mr Chennells will be discussing whether uncertainty surrounding three separate pieces of legislation covering welfare on farm, during transport and at the slaughterhouse impacts negatively on livestock welfare.

He will contend that the lack of specific legal definitions, inconsistencies and vagaries of court decisions creates uncertainty, which can result in animals spending too long in recovery pens because of chronic lameness or minor wounds. 

The debate will centre around whether these animals suffer extended long-term pain on farm because of a fear of transporting them when, in fact, they could be carefully transported without causing extra pain, discomfort or distress.

Other discussion forum topics include:

  • When does a shelter become a hoard? Psychological factors in animal hoarding cases (Fiona McEwen, Institute of Psychiatry).
  • Will improving the horse passport system lead to better welfare? (Keith Chandler, British Equine Veterinary Association).
  • What does the offence of causing unnecessary suffering really mean? (Mike Radford, The School of Law, Aberdeen University).
AWF is the charity led by the veterinary profession and the discussion forum brings together vets, vet nurses, animal welfare organisations, students, media and parliamentarians to confront current welfare issues and inspire change.
The forum takes place on May 12 from 10am to 5pm at One Great George Street in London. 
Places are £85 and delegates are invited to attend the subsequent AWF/British Veterinary Association (BVA) House of Commons reception from 7pm to 9pm. 
To see the full AWF discussion forum programme, or to book a place, visit the AWF website
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