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The WAWC is keen to hear from anyone with an interest in the welfare of free-living wildlife in the UK.
WELFARE OF HUNTED FOXES – CALL FOR EVIDENCE
The Wild Animal Welfare Committee (WAWC) is seeking to collate robust evidence specifically on the welfare of foxes flushed from cover by dogs.
Since the publication of the June 2000 report of Committee of Inquiry into Hunting with Dogs in England and Wales, chaired by Lord Burns, we are aware of only a very limited amount of new information that could be used to inform the current debate on the number of dogs which should be used to flush foxes from cover.
The WAWC intends to collate all relevant information received to produce a statement to inform the current debate.
Areas of specific interest include evidence about the difference in welfare terms between using two dogs and using a full pack to flush foxes, and whether there is any animal welfare-based case to change the law in either Scotland or England and Wales.
Importantly, we are not seeking personal or organisational views about the existing or proposed legislation, nor any anecdotal observations or reports of cases.
We would be grateful for a response by Monday 11 January 2016
Thank you for your help.
Dr Pete Goddard
B.Vet.Med., PhD, Dip.ECSRHM, Dip.ECAWBM, MRCVS
The WAWC is currently carrying out a stakeholder survey to assess interested parties’ support for the creation of a Wild Animal Welfare Committee and discuss its role in protecting wild animals in the UK.
The WAWC Inaugural Conference - Wild Animal Welfare: Challenges and Opportunities - took place in Edinburgh on 8 November 2016.
Click on the links below to see the speakers' presentations.
Dr Pete Goddard
The WAWC: Separating fact from fudge
Professor Ranald Munro
Wildlife welfare: towards a practical ethic for animals
Professor David Fraser, University of British Columbia
Principles of wild animal welfare law
Dr Angus Nurse, Middlesex University
The challenges of wild animal welfare in research
Dr Carl Soulsbury, University of Lincoln
First report from WAWC’S major review of UK wild animal welfare issues: terrestrial wild mammals
Professor Piran White, University of York
Introduction by Panel Chair
Animal welfare in a conservation context
Misguided human interventions
Dr Liz Mullineaux
Audience debate and summing up