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Historic wins for New Zealand animals

A New Zealand High Court judge has just ruled that the government’s legalisation of extremely restrictive cages (‘farrowing crates’) for pregnant sows – the main confinement system used for more than 14,000 pregnant New Zealand pigs annually, for decades – is illegal, along with mating stalls (report). This will result Read more…

Report: supermarket chicken and pandemics

With Open Cages and Prof. Emeritus David Wiebers, I’ve just published a detailed report examining welfare problems and disease risks created by intensive meat chicken farming, including the risks of future global pandemics. It also highlights action supermarkets can take to address these risks. Media coverage included The Independent.

Award: PFHEA

I’m deeply honoured to have received a Principal Fellowship from Advance HE (formerly the Higher Education Academy), joining just over 1,000 academics who have received this worldwide, including around 1% of UK academics. I am very grateful to those who have contributed their valuable time and support in helping me Read more…

Election result

In the UK general election, I was the Animal Welfare Party candidate in New Forest East. I won won 675 votes or 1.3% – our best general election result so far. Given that we had almost zero resources, and that tactical voting was very prominent in this election, I was Read more…

Chapters: animal research

Our ground-breaking book: Herrmann K and Jayne K. (2019). Animal Experimentation: Working Towards a Paradigm Change has just been published. It is 100% open access (i.e. free to access)! I have two chapters in it: • Knight A (2019). Critically evaluating animal research.• Carvalho C, Alves D, Knight A and Read more…

Award: SVME Shomer Award 2019

I was deeply honoured to receive the Shomer Award 2019, from the (US) Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics, at VMX 2019: Veterinary Meeting and Expo. Orlando, FL, US. This prestigious award is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Robert Shomer, who graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Read more…

Videos: animal welfare

With three University of Winchester Centre for Animal Welfare colleagues, I’ve just released a series of 29 short YouTube videos, that provide 5-10 minute summaries of key animal welfare concerns relating to the farming, transportation and slaughter of all major farmed species, as well as aquaculture and fisheries, animals and Read more…

Youtube channel reborn

My YouTube channel has undergone a major makeover. All of my videos on animal issues can now be easily found there organised into playlists. Please consider sharing any you think worthwhile – thank you!

Report: Sow farrowing crates

My 13,000 word report Uncaging New Zealand’s Sows: Scrutinising Farrowing Crates was published in June by SAFE (a leading NZ animal advocacy organisation). It documents the welfare problems experienced by around 15,000 New Zealand sows annually, who are confined within metal cages barely larger than their own bodies, in a Read more…