Animal Welfare Forum to Focus on Global Issues

September 24, 2007 - News Release

Chinese bears, Danish dairy cows and pigs in Kenya will be among the far-flung topics when speakers from six continents meet at University of Guelph Sept. 29 for the eighth annual Animal Welfare Forum.

"Collective Compass: Global Directions in Animal Welfare" will be the largest and most ambitious edition of the event, which is hosted by the Ontario Veterinary College's Animal Welfare Club.

Intended to raise awareness of animal welfare issues, the forum runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the OVC Lifetime Learning Centre. It features lectures and interactive discussions with researchers and leaders in animal welfare science from around the world.

This year's forum will feature the following speakers: Shelagh MacDonald, Canadian Federation of Humane Societies, who will discuss "Animal Welfare in Canada: How Are We Doing?"; Fernando Borderas, University of British Columbia, "Animal Welfare in Mexico"; Jeffrey Rushen, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, "Animal Welfare Issues in Australia and New Zealand";Lene Munksgaard, University of Aarhus, "Dairy Cow Welfare Standards From a Danish Perspective"; Florence Mutua, University of Nairobi, who will discuss her experiences as a veterinarian and graduate student on smallholder swine farms in Kenya; Alice Ng, Animal Asia Foundation, who will speak on "The China Bear Rescue: The Journey to Freedom"; and Prof. Georgia Mason, Animal and Poultry Science, Canada Research Chair in Animal Welfare.

This year's forum will be opened by OVC dean Elizabeth Stone and Prof. Suzanne Millman, Population Medicine, will moderate a panel discussion.

Admission is open to the public, with a suggested registration fee of $10 toward an annual scholarship for a graduate student in animal welfare.

For more information and to register.

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