The Future for Animal Welfare

Confirmed to Speak:

  • Michael Seals, Chairman, The Animal Health and Welfare Board for England
  • Christopher Price, Director of Policy and Advice, CLA
  • David Bowles, Head of Public Affairs, RSPCA
  • Mark Callis, Animal Welfare Services Manager, London Borough of Wandsworth
  • Graham Neale, Sustainable Communities Consultant (Event Chair)
  • Further Speakers TBA


Animal Welfare legislation in the UK is in a state of flux. Recent progress has seen DEFRA issue ‘welfare of animals at time of killing’ legislation, as well as the introduction of the draft Animal Welfare in December 2017 designed to increase the sentences for animal cruelty tenfold. However, ambiguity surrounding Brexit has led to uncertainty regarding the future for animal welfare in the UK.

Attend this Westminster Briefing event for a comprehensive overview of the state of animal welfare in the UK. Explore where we are heading in the face of Brexit and discover good practice examples of tackling and enforcing animal welfare.

Key Issues to be addressed:

  • Comprehensive overview of existing animal welfare policy and legislation
  • The current legal framework: analysing the regulatory regime
  • Assessing the impact of Brexit on animal welfare legislation: what laws are subject to change?
  • Tackling animal cruelty: enforcing codes of practice to protect pets
  • Outlining the announced changes to animal cruelty sentencing
  • Animals in research: what does the future hold?
  • Ensuring humane farming practices are enforced and maintained
  • Monitoring and implementing changes to animal welfare at the time of slaughter: enforcing modern stunning and restraining methods
  • Best practice case studies of tackling animal cruelty and promoting animal welfare
  • Effective partnership working between regulators, enforcement agencies, local authorities, charities & other stakeholders in ensuring animal welfare
  • The future for animal welfare: where next?

The Event:

The morning session will provide you with a comprehensive overview of existing animal welfare policy and legislation, and will explore the potential impact of Brexit on animal welfare legislation.

The afternoon session will showcase examples of good practice in promoting animal welfare and effective partnership working. This session will provide you with practical guidance that you can take back and apply in your setting.

Morning refreshments will be served upon arrival with a networking lunch to follow. Any special needs or dietary requirements should be notified to us upon booking.

Who Should Attend?

Delegates will be drawn from, but not limited to those with an interest in promoting and enforcing animal welfare, including: local authorities; police forces; animal welfare charities; farming representatives; animal control officers; environmental health officers; Defra; community safety teams; animal welfare officers; legal professionals.


For registration enquiries please contact: | 0207 593 5657

To discuss event sponsorship, speaking opportunities and agenda content, please email:

The event is CPD certified, and a certificate is available confirming your attendance.

Tuesday 30th January 2018

11.00am - 3.30pm (including networking lunch)

Public Sector | 1 Place: £245 | 2+ Places: £195 each
Private Sector | 1 Place: £295 | 2+ Places: £245 each
Above prices exclude VAT

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