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Professor David Clough

Professor David Clough, from the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, leads an Arts and Humanities Council (AHRC) project  on the Christian Ethics of Farmed Animal Welfare (CEFAW).

There is currently widespread concern among British farmers and animal welfare groups that a trade deal with the US will undermine UK farmed animal welfare standards. A number of Conservative MPs voted against the Government in favour of amendments to the Agriculture Bill to guarantee that current animal welfare and environmental standards would be maintained. The Bill receives its Second Reading in the House of Lords on Wednesday, June 10.

The CEFAW briefing, ‘A Christian Case for Farmed Animal Welfare’ is based on findings from Professor Clough’s research project. It recalls that Christians were at the forefront of successful campaigns to provide the first legal protection for farmed animals in the early 19th Century. The briefing argues that Christians have strong faith-based reasons today to support high standards of farmed animal welfare.

Professor Clough said: “It would be great to see Christians working alongside others to highlight the importance of high farmed animal welfare for farmed animals and UK farmers. We hope the CEFAW briefing will encourage and support them in doing so.”

The full briefing is available on the project website.


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