UFAW’S Chief Executive Dr Robert Hubrecht and Senior Scientific Programme Manager Dr Huw Golledge attended and presented at the 4th Sino-UK International Forum on Animal Welfare and Ethics in Shanghai, China in March.
The forum is co-sponsored by the Chinese Association of Laboratory Animals Science (Animal Welfare & Ethics Committee) and the British Embassy. Now in its 4th year, the forum has already had a positive influence in China and attracted international attention, making a profound impact in terms of raising animal welfare standards for laboratory animals in China.
Dr Hubrecht said: “The forum is all about sharing and promoting knowledge and best practice to improve welfare standards in China and around the world. UFAW believes that being part of a global academic and scientific community is important for growth and achievement in the field of animal welfare.”
The forum was held over three days and leading experts on laboratory animal science and welfare joined delegates from the veterinary, scientific and academic community who had travelled from China and the globe to attend. In addition, many domestic animal welfare experts/scholars gave talks at the meeting and ideas and experiences were shared.
China is committed to improving welfare standards and, recently, the China Standards for Laboratory Animal Welfare and Ethics drafted by the Chinese Association of Laboratory Animals Science (Animal Welfare & Ethics Committee) in consultation with experts from around the world were formally approved and will soon be implemented in China as new national standard.