ASWA Remembrance Service for Animals 2016

group-photoEveryone is welcome to the Anglican Society for the Welfare of Animals (ASWA) Remembrance Service for Animals at the Animal War Memorial, Park Lane, London on Sunday 13th November 2016 at 3pm in recognition of the animals who gave their services and lives in war and conflict.

The service, organised by  ASWA, is well attended by ASWA members, Catholic Concern for Animals (CCA) members,  members of all faiths,  representatives of secular organisations including Nowzad Dogs, HM Armed Forces, those who have travelled to attend the event as well as others who are simply moved and join as passers by.  The representatives lay wreaths during the service. 

Please come along and share your respects for the millions of fallen animals  – They had no choice.

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Winchester first University to sign Creaturekind Commitment

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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.

Animal Welfare & Religion Symposium

joyce-at-winchesterOn 2nd November 2016 Winchester University’s new Centre for Animal Welfare held its first symposium on Animal Welfare and Religion  The event was hosted by the Centre’s director, Prof. Andrew Knight and included inspiring and enlightening talks by leading academics from different faiths. 

The first speaker was Joyce D’Silva, Ambassador Emerita of Compassion in World Farming, who spoke on what the faiths say about animals.  Other speakers included Professor Anna King of the University of Winchester who spoke on Hindu attitudes to non-human animals; Professor Graham Harvey of the Open University who spoke on Pagan perspectives on animal welfare; Professor David Clough of the University of Chester who spoke about Creaturekind: a new framework for farm animal welfare; Professor Aaron Gross from the University of San Diego who spoke about animal protection and Jewish traditions; and Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra who spoke about Islamic perspectives on animal welfare. 

An historic agreement was signed between Winchester University and Creaturekind that would make the University the first Creaturekind University in the country.  For further information on Creaturekind click here.

The Centre for Animal Welfare at Winchester University aims to increase society’s knowledge and understanding of animal welfare issues.  For further information on the Centre click here.

Last year CIWF formed a strategic partnership with the University to help academia advance animal welfare worldwide. For further information on CIWF’s work in this area, click here.