The recording of her recent talk at Faculty of Vet & Ag Sci can be accessed here
Presented Tuesday 28 June 2022
Dr Bidda Jones AM BSc(Hons) GradDipPub PhD
In This Talk: Australians care about animal welfare, and their level of concern is growing. But what does this mean for the systems in place that govern how we house, care for, and interact with animals? Do our laws, regulations, and animal welfare standards live up to community expectations, or match what contemporary science tells us about what animals need to experience in terms of good animal welfare? Dr Jones has devoted her career to improving the lives of animals through using science to affect policy change. In this talk, she reflects on her experiences as an animal advocate, and consider what reforms are needed to ensure the interests of animals are heard and respected.
About the Presenter: Dr Bidda Jones is the former Director of RSPCA Australia, whose career with that organisation spanned 25 years, including her recent appointment as a Member of the Order of Australia for her services to animal welfare science and advocacy. Dr Jones is an Honorary Associate with the Sydney School of Veterinary Science. Her research interests focus on improving the welfare of animals in Australian society, from companion animals, animals in sport, native and introduced wild animals, to humane killing and slaughter. Dr Jones is a regular panellist at the Robert Dixon Memorial Symposia and is co-developing an introductory OLE unit on understanding animal welfare. She has published over 35 reports, book chapters, and peer-reviewed articles, and has represented animal welfare interests on numerous national committees and as an invited speaker at multiple conferences, workshops and symposia.
Jeremy Skuse will be stepping down as Executive Officer of the AWSC from June 30. He will continue to have a relationship with the AWSC at the University of Melbourne, especially in the continued development of the ProHand suite of stockperson training programs. Jeremy will also be continuing in his role as EO of the National Primary Industries Animal Welfare RD&E Strategy and hopes to continue working towards bringing people together in discussion to maintain and improve the welfare of animals through sustainable and ethical systems through his business Animal Welfare Connections
You can download the narrated presentation and a pdf of Cassandra's presentation at the University of Melbourne. Animal Welfare Assurance - https://www.animalwelfare-science.net/seminars.html
Please follow this link to find an expanded version of an article first published on The Conversation website:
Where to now for dairying? link
Chair of Cattle and Sheep Production Medicine, The University of Melbourne
The milk, the whole milk and nothing but the milk: the story behind our dairy woes - Conversation link
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