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Recognising contributions to animal welfare

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THE contributions of two ‘outstanding’ scientists to the advancement of animal welfare were recognised last month at the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW) international conference in Barcelona. John Webster and Peter Sandøe both received the UFAW medal for outstanding contributions to animal welfare; both, UFAW said, had ‘been very influential in the development of animal welfare science internationally’. Each received a commemorative medal and prize of £3000. The symposium, called ‘Science in the Service of Animal Welfare: Priorities around the world’, aimed to provide a forum for all those active or interested in animal welfare science and its application.

John Webster is Professor Emeritus at the University of Bristol School of Veterinary Science. In the late 1970s, he founded a unit for the study of behaviour and welfare, which is today the Animal Behaviour and Welfare Science Group. …

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