2022 AWF Discussion Forum – in person and online

Wednesday 11th May 2022, 9.30am – 5.45pm: One Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AA
Reception from 6.30pm: Farmers Club, 3 Whitehall Court, Whitehall, SW1A 2EL

The AWF Discussion Forum is a unique event designed to tackle animal welfare in a way that encourages self-reflection and inspires our delegates to take action and be advocates for change.  Whether you’re with us in person or watching elsewhere, you will have a chance to participate and be part of the conversation on animal welfare.

Book with confidence – AWF’s flexible cancellation policy means you can cancel your in-person ticket or convert it to a virtual ticket up to 10 days before the event.


The 2022 Forum will feature a series of discussions and debates about key cross-species welfare topics:

  • Gene editing – This debate will delve into whether gene editing is ‘good’ or ‘bad’ for animal welfare, whilst considering the different aspects such as editing for production, therapeutics and sustainability. 
  • Equine welfare – The speakers will explore numerous facets of equine practice and debate ‘where we draw the line in the sand’.
  • Are some breeds too extreme? – We’ll be asking whether we should be trying to improve welfare for breeds that are already compromised such as broiler chickens and extreme brachycephaly, or whether this perpetuates the problem.
  • Animal welfare: what matters to us and how can we be a force for change? – AWF and BVA will share their approach to creating a strategy for tackling animal welfare. We will discuss what issues to address next and how we can all work together to achieve our aims in improving animal welfare.



Evening reception

The Discussion Forum will be followed by a drinks reception at The Farmers Club in Whitehall, starting at 6.30pm. Tickets cost £25 – space is limited!

Our evening speaker is Sean Wensley (a previous AWF Trustee and past BVA President). Sean will be talking about his new book, Through a Vet’s Eyes.


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