Presentation: adventures in animal welfare

Homeless dogs, hammerhead sharks and sea turtles: an adventurous journey toward Winchester’s new Centre for Animal Welfare

This coming Wednesday 1st June 2016 I’ll be describing some of my adventures in animal welfare, starting as a Western Australian veterinary student insisting on learning surgery without killing healthy animals, travelling on to a Caribbean island to teach in one of the world’s remotest veterinary schools, and finally, to Winchester, where I arrived in 2015 to establish Winchester’s new Centre for Animal Welfare. I’ll describe some of the controversial and unusual research projects I’ve been involved in along the way, and will outline the interesting activities we have planned for Winchester’s new Centre.

ITP Theology Group
Wednesday 1st June 2016
6.30pm for a 7 p.m. start
West Downs Campus Room 7
University of Winchester
(1 hr south of London from Waterloo station)

Free event, but please contact me if you’ll be attending, for catering purposes. Thanks!

Presentation: animal research

Join me at the ‘Science Instead of Animal Experiments’ Congress in the beautiful, historic city of Cologne on the 15th of October, where I’ll be presenting ‘Systematic Reviews of Animal Experiments Demonstrate Poor Contributions to Human Healthcare’.

Presentation: veg animal diets

Can cats and dogs go vegan or vegetarian? And how can this be done safely? Learn the answers at my presentations at:

Sat 27 Feb, 12:00 & 13:00
Brighton Vegfest

Sat April 30, 3:20
Birmingham Viva! Vegan Festival

Further details of this presentation are here, and my website on this issue is

I’ll also be examining the results of a very recent published study examining the nutritional adequacy of these diets.

Hunting symposium: videos online

In November, in conjunction with Winchester’s Institute for Value Studies we hosted a major symposium on hunting. We considered questions such as, “Is hunting a noble tradition, freeing the landscape from dangerous predators which are given quick, clean deaths? Or is it an outdated blood sport, with no legitimate place in civilised society? Should the government repeal the Hunting Act?” A range of fascinating speakers (including, by video, world leading primatologist Dr Jane Goodall), presented a wealth of expertise about hunting. We’ve now made their videos available online.

Book chapter: vegan training tips

Leigh-Chantelle has just published ‘Expert Tips from Vegan Athletes, Fitness Fanatics and Exercise Enthusiasts’ - which is an incredibly inspiring collection of stories from vegan athletes around the world. For reasons that remain mysterious to me (given the many far more serious athletes included) she chose to include a chapter by me. So if you’re interested in words of wisdom re vegan training tips read them; if you’re interested in words distinctly lacking in wisdom - particularly relating to the little-known sport of extreme ironing, then do check out my chapter - it’s made for you.