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Ethical consumerism to reptile welfare: views aired at welfare forum

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One of the most popular events in the animal welfare calendar, the BVA Animal Welfare Foundation (BVA AWF) Discussion Forum, was held on May 16 at the Royal College of Physicians. Over 140 people attended, including vets and representatives from animal welfare organisations, government and academia.

THE morning session was spent considering how consumers can influence animal welfare issues. Sean Wensley, a BVA AWF trustee, delivered the first presentation: ‘Can I be a welfare friendly shopper?’ He argued that ethical consumerism had a direct role to play in improving farm animal welfare and providing environmental benefits, but that education and support were required to explain to consumers how their shopping choices could make a difference.

In ‘To stun or not to stun? Why shouldn't the consumer know and choose?’, BVA …

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