Farm Animal Welfare Council


FAWC News Release

8 February 2006

Appointment of new members to the Farm Animal Welfare Council (FAWC)

Ministers have appointed four new members to the Farm Animal Welfare Council with effect from 1 January 2006.

The new members are:

Huw Davies J P, FRAgS - a sheep farmer from Camarthenshire. Chairman of the Steering Committee for the Implementation of the Animal Health and Welfare Strategy for Wales. Member of the Welsh Regional Board of the Moredun Research Institute.

Professor Sandra Edwards - Chair of Agriculture at the University of Newcastle. A past director of the Scottish Pig Industry Initiative, a former President of the British Society of Animal Science and member of the EU Scientific Veterinary Committee working group on pig welfare.

Dr David Main – Veterinarian. BVA Animal Welfare Foundation Lecturer in Animal Welfare at the University of Bristol and an RCVS recognised specialist in Animal Welfare, Science, Ethics and Law.

Alison Ward (lay member) - consumer representative on the Food Standard Agency Committee on Toxicity in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment. Past Director of the British Bankers’ Association, and formerly a Non-Executive Director in the Health Service.

Notes for Editors

1. The Farm Animal Welfare Council is an independent, non-departmental public body. It was established by Government in 1979 to keep under review the welfare of farmed animals on agricultural land, at market, in transit and at the place of slaughter; and to advise the Government of any legislative or other changes its considers necessary.

2. Appointments to the Council are normally made for a three-year period which may be renewed. All members serve in a personal capacity and do not represent any organisations with which they may be associated.

3. FAWC is chaired by Professor Christopher Wathes who holds the Chair of Animal Welfare at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London.

4. John Don, Eddie Harper and Dr Martin Potter stepped down as FAWC members on 31 December 2005.

5. More information about FAWC is available on this website.

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