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Bristol Academic to Lead Welfare Advisory Board

by 5m Editor
23 November 2009, at 1:30pm

UK - Dr Mohan Raj of the University of Bristol has been appointed to lead Animal Welfare Approved's Scientific and Technical Advisory Board.


Dr Mohan Raj

A world-renowned expert in humane slaughter and farm animal welfare, has been selected to lead Animal Welfare Approved (AWA)'s newly formed Scientific and Technical Advisory Board.

Dr Mohan Raj, Reader in Farm Animal Welfare at the University of Bristol, is one of the foremost authorities in the field of humane stunning and slaughter and the developer of a novel and humane slaughter system for poultry and pigs using inert gases. Dr Raj has published over 40 original scientific papers and authored chapters in textbooks and reference books.

The (AWA) programme has experienced tremendous growth over the past year. The creation of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Board is the next step in aiding the programme, in retaining its reputation as being driven by practical science while still grounding the standards in the everyday reality of farm life.

Andrew Gunther, AWA's Program Director, said: "Dr Raj will be instrumental in ensuring AWA standards respect and reflect the needs of the animals and farmers while not compromising good care.

"We are honoured and fortunate to have Dr Raj at the helm of our new Board. His experience and knowledge is second to none in the field."

Animal Welfare Approved audits and certifies family farms that raise their animals with the highest animal welfare standards, outdoors, on pasture or range. The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) has lauded these standards for two years running as being the most stringent when compared to other third-party certification programs. AWA's web site has a searchable database of approved farms and restaurants, shops and markets where our farmers' products are sold. Choose the one independent food label that means healthy, safe, environmentally responsible and humanely raised.