About Us

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

We are:

British Veterinary Association
The British Veterinary Association is the national representative body for the veterinary profession in the UK. Our vision is that of a strong and respected veterinary profession working to improve animal health and welfare for the benefit of society.

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) is a global team of farmers, veterinarians, scientists, and strategists with first-hand experience of food production and its challenges. FAI implement continuously improving sustainability practices for farmers, on land and at sea, informed by the 3Es framework of Economics, Environment and Ethics. Through partnerships with leading food brands and organisations, FAI deploys strategy, practice and data analytics to drive meaningful improvements across supply chains, mitigate risks and realise long-term business benefits for our partners.

The Royal Agricultural University
The Royal Agricultural University is a recognised leader in the delivery of education, research and consultancy in agriculture, business, equine, environment, food, land management and real estate.  Formerly the Royal Agricultural College, the University is the oldest agricultural college in the English-speaking world and has been at the forefront of agricultural education since 1845.

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.

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 David C. J. Main, Professor of Production Animal Health and Welfare, Royal Agricultural University and administered by Jo Hastie.