Annual Report showcases science in the service of animal welfare

20 September 2019

UFAW’s Annual Report for 2018-19, which has just been published, emphasises the charity’s role in pushing the boundaries of our knowledge of animals and their needs. 

Over the past year, the charity has worked diligently to explore what matters to animals through funding vital work including the implications of long-term exposure to stressors in primates and research to develop new measures to assess cumulative chronic stress in poultry.  Other, smaller grants have funded a variety of projects, for example the welfare implications of hot-iron disbudding in dairy calves, the effectiveness of “playpens” for lab rodents and training methods in dogs and how this affects the dog-owner bond.

UFAW’s Chief Executive and Scientific Director Robert Hubrecht said: “Unlike some other charities, UFAW cannot rely on heart-warming stories to seek support. Instead, much of UFAW’s work is about pushing the boundaries of our knowledge of animals and their needs because, as UFAW’s founder, Charles Hume, recognised, animal welfare science is absolutely necessary to ensure that we really meet the needs of animals, avoiding the pitfalls that can occur with anthropomorphism.”

The 2018-19 report also highlights the consultation work undertaken by UFAW, both in the UK and around the world.  The charity’s progress and achievements is a reflection of the continued support UFAW has had from its members and donors.  If you’d like to become a member or make a donation, you can do so here (link to memberships page).  To download a copy of this year’s annual report click here