Forum to look at legal uncertainty surrounding animal welfare

The Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) Discussion Forum will look at legislation covering welfare on the farm, during transport and at the slaughterhouse, to decide whether a lack of clarity is causing animals unnecessary suffering.

The forum will take place on 12 May at One George Street with vet David Chennells. He will contend that a lack of specific definitions on three separate pieces of legislation means animals could be suffering excessively.

One major issue to be debated will be the length of time spent by animals in recovery pens after suffering wounds or lameness. The subject of animal hoarding will also be discussed by Fiona McEwen from the Institute of Psychiatry.

AWF is the charity led by the veterinary profession. The Discussion Forum brings together vets, vet nurses, animal welfare organisations, students, media and parliamentarians to confront current welfare issues and inspire change.

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