Expert joins UK Government animal welfare committee
Professor Anna Meredith joins newly formed Animal Sentience Committee to support animal welfare in policymaking.
A specialist wildlife veterinarian has been appointed to a newly established UK Government committee dedicated to consideration of animal welfare in policymaking.
Professor Anna Meredith, Personal Chair of Zoological and Conservation Medicine, has been appointed to the Animal Sentience Committee, which will consider how central government policy decisions take account of animal welfare.
She will take part in the Committee's work to ensure the Government considers the ways in which any policy might have an adverse effect on the welfare of animals as sentient beings.
Professor Meredith has more than 30 years’ experience as a veterinary clinician and researcher working with exotic animals and wildlife.
She is one of five new experts appointed to the committee, which has been established in enactment of the Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill, passed in 2022.
The committee will publish their views on whether ministers have fully considered the welfare needs of animals as sentient beings when developing and implementing policy. Ministers must respond to these reports through a written statement to Parliament, within three months.
Prof Meredith is a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and European Recognised Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, focused on wildlife and conservation medicine.
She has extensive governance and governmental advisory experience in the UK and overseas, including being Chair of the UK Government’s Zoo Experts Committee for 10 years.
I’m pleased to be appointed to the Animal Sentience Committee and look forward to working with other members and with policymakers to deliver the aim of highlighting the welfare needs of animals.
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