About Us

The Farm Animal Welfare Forum brings together a group of influential organisations concerned with improving farm animal welfare.

We are:

Compassion in World Farming
Compassion in World Farming is the leading charity campaigning exclusively for the welfare of farm animals throughout the world. Our vision is a world where farm animals are treated with compassion and respect and where cruel factory farming practices end.

Food Animal Initiative
Food Animal Initiative (FAI) was set up by farmers in 1998 in recognition of the fact that commercially robust alternative systems – that significantly raise animal welfare standards, tackle environmental concerns and address issues of human health – can and do exist. FAI farms commercially in Oxfordshire and undertakes farm-scale research to improve animal welfare within a commercial farming system.

Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA)
The RSPCA is a charity whose vision is to work for a world in which all humans respect and live in harmony with all other members of the animal kingdom. Our mission is too prevent cruelty and promote kindness to animals and alleviate their suffering by all lawful means.

Sainsbury’s was founded in 1869 and today operates over 1,200 supermarkets and convenience stores and employs around 161,000 colleagues. Our values are an integral part of our daily actions and are at the heart of our policy and decision-making. Our customers trust Sainsbury’s to do the right thing and expect us to maintain high social, ethical and environmental standards across all aspects of our business. Our values are part of what make us different from other supermarkets, and we see this as a strength, as well as a responsibility.

Soil Association
The Soil Association is the UK's leading campaigning and certification organisation for organic food and farming, with a track record on promoting and implementing high standards of animal welfare.

The University of Bristol's Animal Welfare and Behaviour Group
The University of Bristol's Animal Welfare and Behaviour Group based within Bristol University's School of Veterinary Science is a centre of excellence in animal welfare science. Working nationally and internationally with governments, industry and charities, the group carries out high quality animal behaviour and welfare research and teaching, embracing a range of species.

World Animal Protection
For 25 years, World Animal Protection (formerly WSPA) has aimed to promote the concept of animal welfare in regions of the world where there are few, if any, measures to protect animals. Politically, we have campaigned to convince governments and key decision makers to change practices and introduce new laws to protect or improve the welfare of animals.

The Forum is chaired by Mike Hudson, Director of Compass Partnership and administered by Jo Hastie.