A Bristol vet lecturer and a Danish animal ethics expert have been lauded for their work promoting animal welfare.

A Bristol-based vet lecturer and a Danish animal ethics expert have been lauded for their outstanding work promoting animal welfare.

John and Peter with their awardsAt its international symposium in Barcelona on July 4, 2013, the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW) presented John Webster and Peter Sandøe with the federation’s 2013 Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Animal Welfare Science.

Both men were presented with a commemorative medal and a £3,000 prize.

A UFAW spokesman said: “The UFAW Medal recognises exceptional achievements of individual scientists who have made fundamental contributions to the advancement of animal welfare over a number of years.

“The award is open to individuals, anywhere in the world, whose research, teaching, service and advocacy has significantly benefited the welfare of animals. UFAW was very pleased this year to recognise the remarkable achievements of both John and Peter.”

John Webster is Professor Emeritus at the University of Bristol School of Veterinary Science. He is responsible for growing Bristol’s Animal Behaviour and Welfare Science Group into an international centre of expertise. Prof Webster was also a founding member if the Farm Animal Welfare Council and one of the first proponents of the concepts of the five welfare freedoms.

Peter Sandøe is professor of bioethics in the department of large animal sciences and department of food and resource economics at the University of Copenhagen. He is also director of the Danish Centre for Bioethics and Risk Assessment. With his background in philosophy, Prof Sandøe has established himself as a leading academic on the interface between animal ethics and animal welfare science.

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