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Science and the Welfare of Animals

Nature volume 142, page 746 (22 October 1938) | Download Citation



A SCIENTIFIC Investigations Committee has been formed by ULAWS (University of London Animal Welfare Society), which is in the course of being incorporated into the newly formed Universities Federation for Animal Welfare. The committee will concern itself with the acquisition of knowledge calculated to benefit animals in their own interests as distinct from the interests of the human species. Its functions will be to define problems for inquiry, to advise as to the allocation of funds for the purpose, and to collect and communicate any new knowledge which may be of value for increasing the well-being or diminishing the sufferings of animals. A small grant has been made in aid of an ecological investigation relevant to the control of wild populations, which is frequently carried out by methods considered by many to be inhumane. Among the other topics in which the committee is interested are the widespread failure to utilize existing knowledge o dietetic principles ; the problem of bait poisons the destruction of sea-birds by oil waste ; and the use of an electric goad as a substitute for the stick in droving cattle. The members of the committee are: Capt. C. W. Hume (chairman), Dr. S. Graham Brade-Birks (hon. secretary), Dr. Paul Haas, Mr. H. R. Hewer and Dr. W. B. Wooldridge. Men of science who are in sympathy with the objects of the co mittee are invited to communicate with Dr. S. Graham Brade-Birks, South-Eastern Agricultural College, Wye, Kent.

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