The 2019 Discussion Forum

The AWF Discussion Forum takes place on Wednesday 5th June at One Great George Street, Westminster and is followed by the prestigious House of Commons Reception, just a short walk away.

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The programme includes a mixture of debate and discussion on a wide variety of topics with sessions led by speakers who are experts in their field.

The big debates

Exotic animals in captivity: can we meet their welfare needs?

  • Tariq Abou-Zahr, Great Western Exotics in Swindon
  • Romain Pizzi, Veterinary Surgeon and Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
  • Dr Chris Draper, Head of Animal Welfare & Captivity, Born Free Foundation
  • Mark Jones, Head of Policy, Born Free Foundation
  • Chaired by Nick Powell, Sports Editor, Sky News

UK farming: is welfare good enough?

  • David Main, Professor of Production Animal Health and Welfare, Royal Agricultural University
  • Jim Reynolds, Professor of Large Animal Medicine and Welfare at Western University, CA
  • Chaired by Amanda Boag, President, RCVS

Q&A sessions

Care and treatment: where do we draw the line?

  • Dr Polly Taylor, European Veterinary Specialist in Anaesthesia and Analgesia
  • Dr Angela Halley, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, The Royal Marsden

The top welfare priorities of managed animals in the UK

  • Prof Cathy Dwyer, Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education


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