2020 Discussion Forum


In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, AWF have taken the difficult decision to cancel the Discussion Forum on the 8th June and will offer this year’s topics at our next Forum in June 2021. 

The Discussion Forum is our flagship event and we are disappointed that we won’t be able to offer this important platform for animal welfare this year. However, we are certain that it is the most sensible course of action in the current situation.  Anyone who has purchased a ticket for this year’s Forum will receive an email from us regarding your options.

In the meantime, we will be sharing videos of previous Discussion Forum sessions on our social media platforms so you can continue to keep engaged with welfare issues and use these to complete CPD.

AWF hope you are able to keep safe and well during this difficult time.


Theme for 2021: ‘Technology and welfare: a happy partnership?’

Sessions include two big debates:

  • Innovation and overtreatment – does the desire to innovate compromise companion animal welfare?
  • Farming, sustainability and welfare – what are the interactions between farming methods, production systems, sustainability and welfare?

And Q&A sessions:

  • ‘Under our care’ and animal welfare
  • What are we doing to improve welfare: updates on AWF funded research.


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