On 2 November 2016, Winchester became the first university to sign the Creaturekind Commitment. This initiative, developed by Dr David Clough, Professor of Theological Ethics at the University of Chester, asks signatories to recognise the impacts of intensive farming on humans, animals and the environment, and to commit to a programme of reducing consumption of animal products, sourcing remaining products from higher welfare sources, setting goals for improved practice, and regularly reviewing them.
‘The University of Winchester is a Church foundation and a values-driven institution committed to high standards of environmental sustainability, Fairtrade practices and animal welfare,’ said Professor Elizabeth Stuart, who signed on behalf of the University during the Animal Welfare and Religion Symposium. ‘Signing the CreatureKind Commitment connects our values with our practice. Compassion is at the heart of our institution and we seek to improve the lives of animals used in the production of meat, dairy and eggs, and reduce the demand for animal products from factory farms.’
Find out more about Creaturekind here.