Whether our modern world of social media and packed diaries is compatible with responsible pet ownership will be one of the key debates between leading vets and animal welfare organisations and charities at the annual Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) Discussion Forum at One Great George Street, London, next month (5 June).
Throughout the session, ‘Is modern life incompatible with pet ownership?’, the three-strong panel of experts will explore how the increase in pets in urban homes is impacting pet welfare, including the issue of separation anxiety and whether modern pets are less able to fulfil their welfare needs, such as expressing natural behaviours. The discussion will begin with an introduction from RSPCA Chief Veterinary Officer, James Yeates, who will examine pets’ role in our busy lives.
James Yeates, Chief Veterinary Officer - RSPCA, said:
“Vets often deal with immediate, specific issues as they are presented, but we can also use our knowledge and experience to look at the bigger questions. I am definitely not saying pets are incompatible with modern life, but there are aspects of modern life that create challenges for me and other pet owners.”
‘Is modern life incompatible with pet ownership?’ will be chaired by AWF Trustee and British Veterinary Association (BVA) President Gudrun Ravetz, with speakers for this session including:
James Yeates, RSPCA – Introduction: Where do pets fit into our busy lives?
“We’re proud of AWF’s commitment to finding practical solutions to the welfare problems of all animals. Education and discussion are key to our work and we invite all those interested in improving animal welfare to join the debate this year. With its emphasis on audience participation I’m sure that delegates will leave this unique event inspired to do what they can to bring about positive change.”