UBC Reports | Vol. 47 | No. 01 | Jan.
U.S. Humane Society praises UBC animal welfare program
Students who excel often pursue related research
The largest animal protection organization in the U.S. is citing an
innovative UBC course as one of the top three of its kind in
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has selected "Animal
welfare and the ethics of animal use" for their annual Animals and
"Society is confronted with a bewildering range of compelling issues in the
treatment of animals in agriculture, research, sport and companionship," says
Moura Quayle, dean of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences. "UBC's
Animal Welfare Program is researching animal behaviour and other fields to find
practical solutions. It is also reaching out to society to stimulate
knowledge-based discussion and consensus-building."
"We received numerous entries and chose three that offer a solid
academic grounding in animal protection issues," says Dr. Andrew Rowan, HSUS
senior vice-president for research, education and international issues. The
other universities being honoured are the University of Tennessee and the
University of Illinois.
UBC's Animal Welfare Program was created in 1997 with support from the
B.C. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), the
B.C. Veterinary Medical Association, and a variety of agricultural
organizations. It is a joint initiative of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences
and the Centre for Applied Ethics.
"This particular course is most enjoyable and rewarding," says Prof. David
Fraser, co-chair of the program with Prof. Dan Weary. "Students are from
diverse disciplines but share an intense interest in animal issues. We help
them develop an intellectual framework for understanding the issues, including
scientific, ethical, and practical perspectives."