lundi 14 février 2011

UFAW Symposium 2011

Early registration for the Symposium closes Monday 28th February 2011. For details see below and/or the UFAW website
Making animal welfare improvements: Economic and other incentives and constraints

UFAW International Animal Welfare Symposium
Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth UK 28-29th June 2011

During recent years the husbandry of many kept animals (farmed, companion, research, zoo and others) and the effects of harvesting and control methods used for free-living wild animals, have been reviewed in the light of modern understanding of animal welfare.

In many cases (perhaps almost all), it is concluded that welfare is not as good as society would wish and, often, that there is a need for considerable improvement. However, having established through such reviews of various species that there are problems, progress in tackling them is not always as prompt or certain as might be hoped (for example FAWC recently reported that ‘the evidence is that the welfare of dairy cows has not improved significantly over the last decade’ (FAWC 2009 Opinion on the welfare of the dairy cow.

The aim of this conference is to consider economic aspects of animal welfare - economic incentives and constraints - and the societal attitudes of which these are a reflection. How much an individual, or society as a whole, is prepared to pay for animal welfare improvements appears to vary greatly depending on the species and circumstances of the animal. To what extent is this subject to change? Finding ways to develop economic drivers and incentives has proved to be a successful approach to animal welfare improvements in some cases. What potential is there for widely developing this approach?

Programme Details

The following speakers will be contributing talks to the symposium:

Day 1 (28th June)

Session 1:

• Sandøe P, Christensen T, A Stott and A Lawrence (University Of Copenhagen, Denmark and Scottish Agricultural College, UK).

What Can Economists Do For Animal Welfare?

• ACD Bayvel (MAF Biosecurity New Zealand).

Animal Welfare: A Complex International Public Policy Issue - The Economic, Policy, Societal, Cultural And Other Drivers And Constraints. A 20 Year International Perspective

• Moran D and M Haskell (Scottish Agricultural College, UK).

Developing An Abatement Cost Curve For Animal Welfare

Session 2:

• Kosenius AK, S Kulmala, M Lindroos and C Lombardini-Riipinen (University Of Helsinki, Finland and CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, Australia).

Testing The Animal Welfare Kuznets Curve Hypothesis: Methodological And Data Availability Issues

• Guy JH, P Cain, EM Baxter, Y Seddon and SA Edwards (University of Newcastle and Scottish Agricultural College, UK).

Economic Evaluation Of High Welfare Indoor Farrowing Systems For Pigs

• Williams M (British Egg Industry Council, UK).

Meeting The Challenge Of 2012 And The Ban On Conventional Cages Across Europe

Session 3:

• Hobbs-Chell HM and CM Wathes (Royal Veterinary College, UK).

The Roles And Responsibilities Of Key Stakeholders In Improving Dairy Cow Welfare In The UK

• Bruijnis MRN, B Beerda, H Hogeveen and EN Stassen (Wageningen University, The Netherlands).

Foot Disorders In Dairy Cattle: Impact On Economics And Animal Welfare

• Langford FM and AW Stott (Scottish Agricultural College, UK).

Culled Early Or Culled Late: Economic Decisions And Risks To Welfare In Dairy Cows

Session 4:

• Green LE, EM King, GJ Wassink, J Kaler and R Grogono Thomas (Universities of Warwick, Bristol and Nottingham, UK).

Impact Of Rapid Treatment Of Sheep Lame With Footrot On Welfare And Economics And Farmer Attitudes To Lameness In Sheep

• Stott AW, B Vousough-Ahmadi, CM Dwyer, B Kupiec, C Morgan-Davies, CE Milne, S Ringrose, P Goddard, K Phillips and A Waterhouse (Scottish Agricultural College, Macaulay Land Research Institute and ADAS, UK).

Interactions Between Profit And Welfare On Extensive Sheep Farms

• Collins L (Queen’s University Belfast, UK).

Getting Our Priorities Straight: How Far Can We Trust Welfare Risk Assessment To Get It Right?

• Lombardini-Riipinen C (University Of Helsinki, Finland).

The Environmental Impacts Of Stricter Animal Welfare Standards: A Theoretical Model And An Empirical Application

Day 2 (29th June)

Session 5:

• Keeling LJ, C Hubbard, V Immink, G Garrod and P Ingenbleek (Swedish University Of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden; University of Newcastle, UK and Wageningen University, The Netherlands).

Designing Animal Welfare Policies And Monitoring Progress

• Main DCJ and S Mullan (University of Bristol, UK).

Can Assurance Schemes Improve Welfare Using Welfare Outcomes?

• Blache D and J Sneddon (The University Of Western Australia, Australia).

Ethics Of Lamb Meat Chain Supply: A Chain Is As Strong As Its Weakest Link

• Duncan IJH, M Park and AE Malleau (University of Guelph, Canada; Global Animal Partnership, US and Wholefoods Market Inc, US).

The Global Animal Partnership 5-Step Animal Welfare Standards: A Welfare Labelling Scheme That Allows For Continuous Improvement

Session 6:

• Webster AJF (University Of Bristol, UK).

Critical Control Points In The Delivery Of Improved Animal Welfare

• Bennett RM, A Kehlbacher and K Balcombe (University of Reading, UK).

Valuation Of Animal Welfare Improvements

• Buller H and E Roe (Universities of Exeter and Southampton, UK).

Co-Modifying Animal Welfare

Session 7:

• Olsson IAS and NHF Franco (Instituto De Biologia Molecular E Celular and University of Porto, Portugal).

When Money Is Not The Matter: Attitudes To And Application Of Animal Welfare Measures In Biomedical Research

• Littin K (MAF Biosecurity NZ Animal Welfare, New Zealand).

Better Rodent Control By Better Regulation

• Warburton B and P Cowan (Landcare Research, New Zealand).

Minimising The Number Of Individuals Killed In Long-Term Vertebrate Pest Management Programmes, And The Economic Incentives To Do So

• Vandenabeele S, RP Wilson and A Grogan (University of Swansea and RSPCA, UK).

Development Of Minimal Impact Tags For Tracking Rehabilitated Seabirds

Session 8:

• Hepple S (Defra, UK).

Making Animal Welfare Improvements: Economic And Other Incentives And Constraints; The “Stick”, The “Carrot” Or The “Licence”?

• Boissevain I (University of Utrecht, The Netherlands).

Pedigree Dogs Exposed – In Court

• Yeates JW (University of Bristol, UK).

Economics And Animal Welfare In Veterinary Practice: The Case Of Genetic Welfare Problems

• Radford M (University of Aberdeen, UK).

The Other 3 Rs: Research, Responsibility And Regulation (Or How We Got To Where We Are, And Why We Must Continue To Make Progress

Registration details:

Early registration for the Symposium is £240 per person until Monday 28th February 2011, registration will be £290 thereafter. Price includes attendance at the symposium for the two days, lunch and refreshments and the drinks reception on HMS Warrior on the evening of the 28th June.


The Symposium is being held in Boathouse 6, the Action Stations’ building, which is located within the Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth - see map at

The drinks reception is being held on HMS Warrior, the world’s first iron-hulled, armoured warship powered by steam as well as sail, berthed within the Dockyard itself. Delegates will be able to look around the ship during the reception.

During the Symposium, delegates will also be able to visit the other attractions in the Dockyard too. These include Vice Admiral Lord Nelson’s HMS Victory, the oldest commissioned ship in the world, the National Museum of the Royal Navy and a tour of the harbour by boat.

Further information about the symposium, including details of accommodation, can be found on the UFAW website –

Background to UFAW:

UFAW, the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare, is an internationally-recognised, independent, scientific and educational animal welfare charity. The organization promotes high standards of welfare for farm, companion, laboratory and captive wild animals and those with which we interact in the wild. Information about the charity is at

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Stephen Wickens, PhD
Development Officer

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The Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW) is an independent registered UK charity that works to develop and promote improvements in the welfare of all animals through scientific and educational activity worldwide.

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