Science in the Service of Animal Welfare:

Priorities around the world

UFAW International Animal Welfare Science Symposium

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

4-5th July 2013

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Making animal welfare improvements: economic and other incentives and constraints


UFAW International Symposium 2011

28th - 29th June 2011

Portsmouth Historic Dockyards

Background and Aims of the Symposium

During recent years the husbandry of many kept animals (farmed, companion, research, zoo and others) and the effects of harvesting and control methods used for free-living wild animals, have been reviewed in the light of modern understanding of animal welfare.

In many cases (perhaps almost all), it is concluded that welfare is not as good as society would wish and, often, that there is a need for considerable improvement. However, having established through such reviews of various species that there are problems, progress in tackling them is not always as prompt or certain as might be hoped (for example FAWC recently reported that ‘the evidence is that the welfare of dairy cows has not improved significantly over the last decade’ (FAWC 2009 Opinion on the welfare of the dairy cow.


The aim of this conference is to consider economic aspects of animal welfare - economic incentives and constraints - and the societal attitudes of which these are a reflection. How much an individual, or society as a whole, is prepared to pay for animal welfare improvements appears to vary greatly depending on the species and circumstances of the animal. To what extent is this subject to change? Finding ways to develop economic drivers and incentives has proved to be a successful approach to animal welfare improvements in some cases. What potential is there for widely developing this approach?

We wish to address both general issues and species- or industry (farm, companion, research etc) - specific aspects of this field including:

Programme Details

The following speakers will be contributing talks to the symposium:


Day One (28th June 2011)


9.10 – 9.20 Introduction

James Kirkwood (UFAW, UK) Welcome and Introduction


9.20 – 10.35  Session 1: Chair: Professor Henry Buller

  • Peter Sandøe (University Of Copenhagen, Denmark)
    What Can Economists Do For Animal Welfare?

  • David Bayvel (Maf Biosecurity New Zealand)
    Animal Welfare: A Complex International Public Policy Issue - The Economic, Policy, Societal, Cultural And Other Drivers And Constraints. A 20 Year International Perspective

  • Dominic Moran (Scottish Agricultural College, UK)
    Developing An Abatement Cost Curve For Animal Welfare



11.15 – 12.30  Session 2: Chair: Professor Linda Keeling

  • Chiara Lombardini-Riipinen (University Of Helsinki, Finland)
    Testing The Animal Welfare Kuznets Curve Hypothesis: Methodological And Data Availability Issues

  • Jonathan Guy (University of Newcastle, UK)
    Economic Evaluation Of High Welfare Indoor Farrowing Systems For Pigs

  • Joy Pritchard (The Brooke, UK)
    Non-Economic Incentives To Improve Animal Welfare: The Emergence Of Positive Competition As A Driver For Change Among Owners Of Draught And Pack Animals In India


14.00 – 15.00  Session 3  Chair: Professor John Webster

  • Mariëlle Bruijnis (Wageningen University, The Netherlands)
    Foot Disorders In Dairy Cattle: Impact On Economics And Animal Welfare

  • Fritha Langford (Scottish Agricultural College, UK)
    Culled Early Or Culled Late: Economic Decisions And Risks To Welfare In Dairy Cows

  • Alistair Scott (Scottish Agricultural College, UK)
    Interactions Between Profit And Welfare On Extensive Sheep Farms


15.45 – 17.00 Session 4  Chair: Dr Raphaëlle Botreau

  • Laura Green (University of Warwick, UK)
    Impact Of Rapid Treatment Of Sheep Lame With Footrot On Welfare And Economics And Farmer Attitudes To Lameness In Sheep

  • Lisa Collins (Queen’s University Belfast, UK)
    Getting Our Priorities Straight: How Far Can We Trust Welfare Risk Assessment To Get It Right?

  • Rowena Packer (The Royal Veterinary College, UK)
    Preliminary Indications Of A Lack Of Owner Recognition Of Clinical Signs Related To A Conformational Inherited Disorder - A Potential Constraint To Improving Breeding Practices In Pedigree Dogs


Day Two (29th June 2011)


9.30 – 10.50 Session 5  Chair:  Professor David Bayvel

  • James Kirkwood (UFAW, UK)
    Introduction to the second day

  • Linda Keeling (Swedish University Of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden)
    Designing animal welfare policies and monitoring progress

  • David Main (University of Bristol, UK)
    Can Assurance Schemes Improve Welfare Using Welfare Outcomes?

  • Elize van Lier (The University Of Western Australia, Australia
    Ethics Of Lamb Meat Chain Supply: A Chain Is As Strong As Its Weakest Link


11.15 – 12.45  Session 6  Chair: Professor Peter Sandøe

  • Ian Duncan (University of Guelph, Canada)
    The Global Animal Partnership 5-Step Animal Welfare Standards: A Welfare Labelling Scheme That Allows For Continuous Improvement

  • John Webster (University Of Bristol, UK)
    Critical Control Points In The Delivery Of Improved Animal Welfare

  • Richard Bennett (University of Reading, UK)
    Valuation Of Animal Welfare Improvements

  • Henry Buller (University of Exeter, UK)
    Co-Modifying Animal Welfare


14.00 – 15.10 Session 7  Chair: Professor Ian Duncan

  • Anna Olsson (Instituto De Biologia Molecular E Celular, Portugal)
    When Money Is Not The Matter: Attitudes To And Application Of Animal Welfare Measures In Biomedical Research

  • Kate Littin (MAF Biosecurity NZ Animal Welfare, New Zealand)
    Better Rodent Control By Better Regulation

  • Bruce Warburton (Landcare Research, New Zealand)
    Minimising The Number Of Individuals Killed In Long-Term Vertebrate Pest Management Programmes, And The Economic Incentives To Do So

  • Sylvie Vandenabeele (University of Swansea, UK)
    Development Of Minimal Impact Tags For Tracking Rehabilitated Seabirds


15.45 – 17.00 Session 8  Chair: Dr Anna Olsson

  • Sophia Hepple (DEFRA, UK)
    Making animal welfare improvements:  Economic and other incentives and constraints; The “Stick”, the “Carrot” or the “Licence”?

  • Iaira Boissevain (University of Utrecht, The Netherlands)
    Dogs with Defects: Legislation and Lawsuits

  • James Yeates (University of Bristol)
    Economics And Animal Welfare In Veterinary Practice: The Case Of Genetic Welfare Problems

  • Mike Radford (University of Aberdeen, UK)
    The Other 3 Rs: Research, Responsibility And Regulation (Or How We Got To Where We Are, And Why We Must Continue To Make Progress


Click here to download the Abstracts of the Talks

Click here to download the Abstracts of the Posters.

Click here to download the Timetable.


The symposium will start at 9.00am and finish at 5.30pm on the 28th, with registration and access to set-up posters from 8.00am. On the 29th, the symposium will begin at 9.00am and finish at 5.00pm. The drinks reception on HMS Warrior will start at 7.00pm and will last for approximately two hours. A guide for guests attending HMS Warrior can be found here




Registration Details

Places will be limited so please contact us as soon as possible to register your attendance. Early registration for the symposium will be at the reduced cost of £240 per person until Monday 28th February 2011, registration will be £290 thereafter.  An electronic Registration form can be downloaded here or you can complete a PDF version here.

A limited number of subsidised places have been made available for students and veterinary nurses at the reduced rate of £150 per person until 28th February 2011, and £180 thereafter; these will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Prices include attendance at the symposium for the two days, lunch and refreshments and the drinks reception on HMS Warrior on the evening of the 28th June. A guide for guests attending HMS Warrior can be found here

Delegates are responsible for booking their own accommodation. Click here to download details of local hotels with special discount rates for this Symposium or click the following link to go direct to the site

Please note that UFAW’s sister charity, the Humane Slaughter Association, is holding a contiguous meeting at the same venue (the Historic Dockyard) on the 30th June and 1st July on Recent Advances in the Welfare of Livestock at Slaughter. Delegates who are interested in attending this meeting too, should visit the HSA website


The Symposium is being held in Boathouse 6, the Action Stations’ building, which is located within the Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth - see map at

The drinks reception is being held on HMS Warrior, the world’s first iron-hulled, armoured warship powered by steam as well as sail, berthed within the Dockyard itself. Delegates will be able to look around the ship during the reception.

During the symposium, delegates will also be able to visit the other attractions in the Dockyard too. These include Vice Admiral Lord Nelson’s HMS Victory, the oldest commissioned ship in the world, the NationalMuseum of the Royal Navy and a tour of the harbour by boat.


Further information about Portsmouth can be found on the Portsmouth  Tourist website


Return completed form to:

Dr Stephen Wickens, UFAW Portsmouth 2011, Universities Federation for Animal Welfare, The Old School, Brewhouse Hill, Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire AL4 8AN, UK. Email: Tel: +44 (0)1582 831818; Fax: +44 (0)1582 831414



Background to UFAW:

UFAW, the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare, is an internationally-recognised, independent, scientific and educational animal welfare charity. The organization promotes high standards of welfare for farm, companion, laboratory and captive wild animals and those with which we interact in the wild.


Pictures courtesy of Portsmouth City Council

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