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New section editors join UFAW’s Animal Welfare Journal editorial team

3 December 2020

After nearly twenty years of loyal service, Professor Peter Sandøe has stood down as Section Editor for Ethics, Philosophy and Social Science.  During this time, Peter has taken charge of close to 100 papers and we would like to thank him for all his hard work on the Journal, which has been deeply appreciated.

Due to ever-increasing numbers of submissions, it has been decided to split Peter’s section in two and we are delighted to announce that Professor Herwig Grimm from the Messerli Research Institute of the University of Veterinary Medicine, the Medical University of Vienna and the University of Vienna, has joined the Journal team as Section Editor of the newly created Ethics and Philosophy section.. 

Professor Grimm said: “The drastic impact of human action on animals on farms, in zoos, labs, living rooms, tanks, forests etc raises moral questions like ‘How to draw the line?’  In these contexts, answers to moral question cannot be found in just one discipline or within the humanities or the sciences alone.  Hence, the new section on animal ethics and veterinary ethics aims to bridge disciplines and address interdisciplinary challenges.  As the section editor, I aim at high quality contributions from ethicists which mirror the value of interdisciplinary exchange and have the potential to significantly advance the animal welfare debate.“

Professor Mara Miele has moved from General Animal Welfare Science to the new Social Science section.  Filling the role of General Animal Welfare Science editor is UFAW’s 2018 Young Animal Welfare Scientist of the Year, Dr Rebecca Meagher.  Dr Meagher is now Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University in Canada and will also join the team next month.  

The Journal now has 12 Section Editors covering the following sections: Laboratory Animals, Farmed Pigs, Farmed Ruminants, Farmed Fish, Companion Animals (other than horses), Horses and other Equines, Poultry, Wild Animals, Zoo Animals, Ethics and Philosophy, General Animal Welfare Science and Social Science.  Managing Editor Steve Weddell said: “All of our Section Editors do a remarkable job, they give freely of their time, ensuring that the papers appearing in Animal Welfare undergo the most rigorous scrutiny. Without them it’s fair to say there wouldn’t be a Journal at all.”

Completing the editorial team is Editor-in-Chief Dr Huw Golledge, Assistant Scientific Director Dr Birte Nielsen and Sub Editor Dr Claire Richardson

Authors wishing to submit a paper for consideration in the Journal should visit https://www.ufaw.org.uk/the-ufaw-journal/instructions-for-authors