Government expands expert animal welfare committee
The government has expanded the remit of its Farm Animal Welfare Committee to provide advice to ministers on pets, wild animals kept by people and farmed animals.
The committee was renamed on Tuesday (1 October) to the Animal Welfare Committee and will continue to advise Defra and the Devolved Administrations (DAs) in Scotland and Wales.
“We are a nation of animal lovers and this government is committed to taking important steps forward to strengthen our already high standards on animal welfare,” commented animal welfare minister, Zac Goldsmith.
“The committee has provided the government with invaluable advice over the years and I look forward to continuing work with colleagues as they broaden their remit to include pets and wild animals kept by people, as well as farmed animals.”
Peter Jinman, chair of the Animal Welfare Committee, said: “I welcome the expansion of the committee’s remit to advise on a broader spectrum of animal welfare issues and encourage experts with the relevant skills to apply for a role in this important new area of activity.”
The main priorities of the new Animal Welfare Committee include:
- advising government on future farming reforms to deliver welfare enhancements
- advising government on the welfare of companion animals and wild animals kept by people
- reviewing dairy and beef cattle production systems and the welfare of the animals
- working closely with the European Forum of Animal Welfare Councils (EuroFAWC).