Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum

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Animal health, welfare, and standards in the UK

Morning, Tuesday, 12th October 2021

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference follows the Government’s Action Plan for Animal Welfare, and will consider priorities for taking it forward and improving animal health, welfare, and standards in the UK.

The discussion will also consider key policy developments delivered as part of the Action Plan, such as the Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill, and the Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill, which aim to legislate on core aspects of animal welfare, enhance protections for kept animals and pets, and formally recognise animals as sentient beings.

We are pleased to be able to welcome keynote contributions from Michael Seals, Chairman, Animal Health & Welfare Board for England, Defra; David Bowles, Head Public Affairs, RSPCA; Gareth Baynham-Hughes, Director, Animal and Plant Health and Welfare, Defra; and Mandy Nevel, Head of Animal Health and Welfare, AHDB.

The agenda is structured to bring out latest thinking on:

  • taking forward the Government’s plans for a revised approach to animal health, welfare, and standards
  • key stakeholder perspectives on plans to improve welfare across the food and farming sector and on the Animal Health and Welfare Pathway
  • enshrining animal sentience in law and improving the welfare of kept animals in the UK - implications for policy and practice across the UK
  • promoting high animal welfare standards abroad and the implications for future trade policy


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Commons, and officials from DAERA, NI; Defra; the Department for International Trade; the Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland; the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office; the Veterinary Medicines Directorate; and the Welsh Government. Also due to attend are representatives from Beta Bugs; Clarke Willmott; International Meat Trade Association; RSPCA; and The Donkey Sanctuary.

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials involved in this area of policy, as well as representatives of the animal health and veterinary sectors, those interested in biodiversity and natural capital, the agriculture and food and drink industry - including associations, manufacturers, retailers, and suppliers - local government officials, academics, lawyers, international attendees, charities, and consumer groups, together with reporters from the national and trade media, as well as reporters from the national and specialist media.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speakers

Mandy Nevel

Head of Animal Health and Welfare, AHDB

Michael Seals

Chairman, Animal Health & Welfare Board England, Defra

David Bowles

Head Public Affairs, RSPCA

Gareth Baynham-Hughes

Director, Animal and Plant Health and Welfare, Defra


Dr Neil Hudson MP FRCVS

Member of the Commons EFRA Select Committee; Vice Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare

Professor the Lord Trees

Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare


Professor David Main

Professor of Production Animal Health and Welfare, Royal Agricultural University

Claire Bass

Director, Humane Society International

Dr Theo Kanellos

Director, Business Development and Alliances, Zoetis

Emily Norton

Head of Rural Research, Savills

Paula Sparks

Chair, UK Centre for Animal Law (A-Law)

Fidelity Weston

Chair, Consortium for Labelling for the Environment, Animal welfare and Regenerative farming; and Chair, Pasture-Fed Livestock Association