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2022

Report: CAW Activity Report 2021 – 2022

Report: CAW Activity Report 2021 – 2022

Our University of Winchester Centre for Animal Welfare Activity Report 2021 - 2022 is now published.    The 2020 - 2021 academic year was a time of much growth and change for the Centre...

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Book: animal welfare

Book: animal welfare

Our new Routledge Handbook of Animal Welfare launched on 25th Aug. 2022 in London. See pics and info.   Informed by recent advances in animal behavioural and cognitive science, new...

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Chapter: educational animal use

Chapter: educational animal use

Our chapter on educational animal use, with a focus on veterinary education, has just been published in the new veterinary ethics textbook below:   Knight and, A. and Zemanova, M.A....

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Technical letter: vegan dog health

Technical letter: vegan dog health

This technical letter, published in a leading UK veterinary journal, summarised the evidence extant by May 2022, about health outcomes of dogs on vegan vs meat-based diets. Four studies showed...

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Article: vegan dog health

Article: vegan dog health

Vegan dog food is less damaging to the environment, and to the welfare of animals processed into pet foods. But – are vegan diets good for dogs? To test this, we collected data on 2,536 dogs fed a...

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Article: flipped classroom

Article: flipped classroom

Describes the development of a new screencast-based flipped classroom in our distance learning Master of Science (MSc) degree in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law at the University of...

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Article: forced swim test

Article: forced swim test

The forced swim test (FST) is a controversial rodent test that has been used for decades, mainly in depression studies. The severity of the procedure makes it ethically questionable and its validity...

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2021

Article: pet food palatability

Article: pet food palatability

Some claim vegan pet food may be less palatable, or may compromise animal welfare. But are such claims actually true? In 2020 we surveyed dog or cat guardians asking about behaviours displayed by...

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Article: pet food manufacturing

Article: pet food manufacturing

Plant-based pet foods are rapidly developing, driven by distrust of conventional pet foods, and concerns about their impacts on pets, farmed animals, and the environment. But are plant-based pet...

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Article: EU educational animal use – ALTEX

Article: EU educational animal use – ALTEX

With Dr Miriam Zemanova and Susanna Lybæk I’ve just published a systematic review of European educational animal use. From 2017 – 2019, 124,000 – 172,000 animals were used annually, in 26 EU member...

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Report: Animal Welfare Law in New Zealand

Report: Animal Welfare Law in New Zealand

The New Zealand Animal Law Association is concerned that the welfare needs of farmed animals in New Zealand are not being met. We’ve just released a report on this topic, with a particular focus on...

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Article: wildlife trade – Animals

Article: wildlife trade – Animals

With the assistance of Dr Steven McCulloch and myself, our recent MSc Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law graduate Shannon Rivera has just successfully published her MSc dissertation work in...

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Report: CAW Activity Report 2020

Report: CAW Activity Report 2020

I’ve created and published our 2020 University of Winchester Centre for Animal Welfare Activity Report.   Covid-19 obviously had a major impact on all of us in 2020. Nevertheless, our...

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Article: educational animal use – Animals

Article: educational animal use – Animals

With Dr Miriam Zemanova, I’ve just published a systematic review of 50 studies comparing student learning outcomes, when animals are harmed or humane alternatives are used, in life and health...

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2020

Article: plant-based diets counter pandemics

Article: plant-based diets counter pandemics

The disheartening first half of 2020 was definitely far from what any of us were hoping for. Yet, it would be dishonest to say that what we are facing right now is something completely unexpected....

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Historic wins for New Zealand animals

Historic wins for New Zealand animals

A New Zealand High Court judge has just ruled that the government’s legalisation of extremely restrictive cages (‘farrowing crates’) for pregnant sows – the main confinement system used for more...

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Report: supermarket chicken and pandemics

Report: supermarket chicken and pandemics

With Open Cages and Prof. Emeritus David Wiebers, I’ve just published a detailed report examining welfare problems and disease risks created by intensive meat chicken farming, including the risks of...

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Article: animal research – MDD – PLoS ONE

Article: animal research – MDD – PLoS ONE

My PhD student Constanca Carvalho, colleagues and I have published a new study examining the contribution of animal, in vitro and in silico studies to current knowledge of Major Depressive Disorder,...

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Guardian open letter – animal research

Guardian open letter – animal research

Seventy seven scientists and academics, along with Animal Free Research UK, Safer Medicines Trust and the Alliance for Human Relevant Science, have published an open letter in The Guardian today, to...

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Article: animal welfare in New Zealand

Article: animal welfare in New Zealand

I’ve published an article reviewing animal welfare concerns in New Zealand. Most of these concerns apply to farmed animals, and animal welfare legislation, internationally. ...

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Award: PFHEA

Award: PFHEA

I’m deeply honoured to have received a Principal Fellowship from Advance HE (formerly the Higher Education Academy), joining just over 1,000 academics who have received this worldwide, including...

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Research: pet food consumer survey

Research: pet food consumer survey

Surprisingly little is known about how meat-based, plant-based or other types of pet food affect the health of cats and dogs, and about which diets they prefer. And so I’ve launched a new study to...

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Election result

Election result

In the UK general election, I was the Animal Welfare Party candidate in New Forest East. I won won 675 votes or 1.3% – our best general election result so far. Given that we had almost zero...

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2019

Article: animal research – MDD

Article: animal research – MDD

With my PhD student Constanca Carvalho and others, I co-authored ‘The relevance of in silico, in vitro and non-human primate based approaches to clinical research on major depressive disorder’, in...

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Award: University Values Award

Award: University Values Award

I was deeply honoured to receive the University of Winchester Values Award, for my work advancing animal welfare education and knowledge.    

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Report: sow crates – Spanish

Report: sow crates – Spanish

The Spanish translation of my 2018 report Uncaging New Zealand’s Sows: Scrutinising Farrowing Crates has been provided by some wonderful volunteers and is now available. ...

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Chapters: animal research

Chapters: animal research

Our ground-breaking book: Herrmann K and Jayne K. (2019). Animal Experimentation: Working Towards a Paradigm Change has just been published. It is 100% open access (i.e. free to access)! ...

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Award: SVME Shomer Award 2019

Award: SVME Shomer Award 2019

I was deeply honoured to receive the Shomer Award 2019, from the (US) Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics, at VMX 2019: Veterinary Meeting and Expo. Orlando, FL, US.    This prestigious...

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Videos: animal welfare

Videos: animal welfare

With three University of Winchester Centre for Animal Welfare colleagues, I’ve just released a series of 29 short YouTube videos, that provide 5-10 minute summaries of key animal welfare concerns...

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2018

Article: animal research – primates

Article: animal research – primates

With my PhD student Constanca Carvalho and others, I co-authored ‘Ethical and scientific pitfalls concerning laboratory research with non-human primates, and possible solutions‘, in Animals. ...

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Report: Injuries in Racing Greyhounds

Report: Injuries in Racing Greyhounds

My report Injuries in Racing Greyhounds was published by Greyt Exploitations, and I was invited to present it at an APDAWG meeting, Westminster. This went extremely well. ...

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Youtube channel reborn

Youtube channel reborn

My YouTube channel has undergone a major makeover. All of my videos on animal issues can now be easily found there organised into playlists.   Please consider sharing any you think...

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Report: Sow farrowing crates

Report: Sow farrowing crates

My 13,000 word report Uncaging New Zealand’s Sows: Scrutinising Farrowing Crates was published in June by SAFE (a leading NZ animal advocacy organisation). It documents the welfare problems...

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