Farm Animal Welfare Council


FAWC News Release

January 2007

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 2007.

The new members are:

Dr Michael Appleby - welfare policy advisor for the World Society for Protection of Animals (WSPA). Member of the Scientific Committee of Humane Farm Animal Care and the Animal Compassionate Committee of Whole Foods Market in the USA. Formerly Senior Lecturer in Applied Animal Behaviour, University of Edinburgh.

Gwyn Jones – a dairy farmer from West Sussex. Currently the NFU National Dairy Board Chairman and a member of NFU Policy and Governance Boards. Director of Dairy UK and board member. Chairman of Dairy UK Producer Forum.

Stuart Shearlaw – Former Senior Animal Health and Welfare Inspector for Central Scotland Police and Chair to the Scottish Animal Health and Welfare Panel. Now working for the State Veterinary Service (SVS) in Galashields in the Scottish Borders.

Steve Tait – Head of sales and marketing for Freedom Food. Member of the Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF) management board.

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 it 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. Rosemary Berry, Peter English, Graham Godbold, Richard Maunder, Miriam Parker MBE, Barbara Smith and Mike Vaughan stepped down as FAWC members on 31 December 2006.

5. More information about FAWC is available from the address and website below.

FAWC Secretariat
Area 511
1A Page Street

Tel. 020 7904 6534
Fax. 020 79046993


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