Centre for Animal Welfare news 2021

Animal welfare at Winchester: woman and dog sitting side by side

All the latest news from the University's Centre for Animal Welfare, a high-profile interdisciplinary centre that undertakes research, teaching, consultancy and public engagement in the broad field of animal welfare, including science, ethics, law and society.

For news from previous years and further information about our work and studying Animal Welfare at Winchester, explore the Centre for Animal Welfare website.

March 2021 news

CAW welcomes distinguished guest speakers for virtual events

On 10 March, Peter Stevenson, Chief Policy Advisor of Compassion in World Farming, asked: could the inhumane conditions in factory farming trigger the next pandemic?

On 25 March, we welcomed Luke Gamble, founder of the charities Mission Rabies and Worldwide Veterinary Services. Luke described the amazing work of his organisations, as they help make the world a better place for animals.

Both events were recorded and are now available for catch-up via the Centre for Animal Welfare YouTube channel.

Winchester awarded silver Hedgehog-Friendly Campus status

The University of Winchester is fully committed to the British Hedgehog Preservation Society's Hedgehog-Friendly Campus initiative. In 2020 we secured Bronze status and we are delighted to announce we have just achieved Silver!

"This was a student-led campaign, enthusiastically supported by staff from our gardeners all the way up to our Vice-Chancellor", said CAW Director Prof Andrew Knight. "We're delighted to be among the leading group of British universities making our campuses safe and welcoming for hedgehogs and other much-loved British wildlife."

Read more about the 2021 Hedgehog-Friendly Campus awards.

Animal welfare at Winchester: image of Hedgehog-Friendly Campus logo

February 2021 news

Winning essay puts spotlight on threat posed by ocean plastics 

Congratulations to CAW student Bethany Powell, the latest winner in the annual CAW/IFAW student essay competition. Bethany's winning essay draws attention to the threat posed by plastic pollution in the oceans. "Ocean plastics adversely impact hundreds of species and millions of individuals each year", she writes. "Humans created and exacerbated this problem; therefore, it is our responsibility to solve it."

Read The impact of anthropogenic plastic pollution on marine life, the CAW IFAW essay competition winner 2020

Read more on the IFAW website

January 2021 news

Out now: the Centre for Animal Welfare Activity Report for 2020

Covid-19 obviously had a major impact on all of us in 2020. Nevertheless, our staff and students still managed to produce some excellent work, and also helped to significantly advance the welfare of some of our campus animals. We hope you enjoy reading about our work over the last year.

Read the Centre for Animal Welfare 2020 Activity Report

No justification for harmful use of animals in education and training, say animal welfare experts

Prof. Andrew Knight, Director of the Centre for Animal Welfare, has carried out a systematic review of 50 studies comparing student learning outcomes when animals are harmed or humane alternatives are used in life and health sciences education. The results, published in the journal Animals and co-authored with Miriam Zemanova from the Centre for Compassionate Conservation, University of Technology in Sydney, Australia, clearly show that 90% of the time, students do as well or better when humane alternatives are used. "There is no valid educational reason for continued harmful animal use in education and training", said Prof. Knight. "All such use should be replaced with humane teaching methods."

Zemanova MA and Knight A (2021). The educational efficacy of humane teaching methods: a systematic review of the evidence. Animals; 11(1):114.