Science in the Service of Animal Welfare

UFAW is an internationally recognised, independent, scientific and educational animal welfare charity concerned with improving knowledge and understanding of animals’ needs. It promotes high standards of welfare and practical, long-lasting solutions to welfare problems for farm, companion, laboratory, captive wild animals and those with which we interact in the wild.


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EU Referendum

UFAW is an international scientific animal welfare organisation but is based within the UK. We do not believe that the UK EU referendum result will have any immediate effects on welfare legislation within the UK. The charity will however be keeping a very close eye on developments. UFAW will continue to work to ensure that existing good legislative provisions are maintained and that advances in animal welfare science become incorporated into UK and also international legislation. 

The 9 to 5 rodent: time for change?

UFAW’S Senior Scientific Programme Manager Dr Huw Golledge will be giving a presentation at the Measuring Behaviour symposium in Dublin on the 27th of May which will be looking at the animal welfare implications associated with studying the behaviour of laboratory rats and mice and disturbing them when they would normally be asleep. 

UFAW International Symposium 2017

Measuring animal welfare and applying scientific advances - Why is it still so difficult?

27-29th June 2017

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