Tuesday, 6 December 2011

1st Asian Symposium on Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law

Last week saw another leap forward in our relationships with our Asian partners as, in conjunction with the Hong Kong SPCA, and with the support of the University of Hong Kong, the Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education co-hosted the 1st Asian Symposium on Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law. With a focus on exchanging ideas and developing collaborative partnerships between animal welfare scientists, lawyers and ethicists from China, Hong Kong and the UK, the symposium was also attended by delegates from as far afield as the Phillippines and Macau.

The inaugural symposium united over 50 veterinarians, academics and policy makers from across Asia with their counterparts from the UK and facilitated academic debate and relationship-building as well as providing a forum for developing collaborative educational and research partnerships. Highlighting the similarities and differences between Asian and UK policy development, education and ethical approaches, the symposium allowed us to discuss constructive and collaborative solutions to animal welfare issues across the region.