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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£3 A month could help us to provide educational materials to improve animal welfare in developing countries£10 A month could help us to progress our outreach work to help animals around the world

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£20 will help us to fund initiatives like the garden wildlife healthproject        £50 helps us to fund projects such as our research into lifetime indicators of animal welfare


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Recent news & updates

Can we get better at tickling rats?

Rats emit ultrasonic vocalisations (USVs) in the 50 kHz range when a human hand imitates the rough-and-tumble play seen between young rats. A recent publication questions whether current methods overemphasise the use of pinning, where the rat is flipped onto its back followed by rapid and forceful tickling of its belly. 


Picking up mice after sanitising your hands can affect mouse behaviour

During the Covid 19 pandemic, most of us have become all too familiar with hand sanitisers, sometimes complaining of their strong smell or the feeling left on our hands, whilst appreciating their protective effects.


UFAW responds to DEFRA consultation on genome editing, highlighting potential welfare benefits but also significant dangers

In a recent consultation on the regulation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) produced by genome editing (GE) or other genetic technologies, DEFRA* made a distinction between genetic changes that could have been developed using traditional breeding methods and those that could not.  However, the use of traditional breeding methods as a benchmark for what is and what is not acceptable is neither useful, nor scientifically logical.


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