Forums on Animal Welfare

Forums on Animal Welfare
Join a discussion of animal welfare, from farms to bedrooms

Animals deserve humane treatment, right. But what does that mean exactly? It may depend on who it is that you ask. And depends on your own life experiences. For example, people who share their beds with their pets may sometimes feel differently than folks who live on farms who view most animals as a source of food, or as 'workers.' Is there a right or wrong when it comes to animal welfare?  An expert panel assembled by the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine will describe current regulations regarding the welfare of livestock, research animals, companion animals, and zoo animals at a free community forum entitled "Of Pugs, Pigs, and Pandas: Animal Welfare at Home, Farm, Lab, and Zoo," to be held from 7 to 9 pm on Tuesday, May 21, at 2001 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana and again on May 22 from 7 to 9 pm in the Discovery Center at Brookfield Zoo, 3300 Golf Road. (Enter through the south entrance, by the high school. Directions and Forum Details can be found online 

Speakers and topics for the May 21 and 22 forum include:

  • Dr. Mark Ernst, state veterinarian, Illinois Department of Agriculture: State regulatory issues
  • Dr. Janeen Salak-Johnson, University of Illinois College of ACES: Livestock welfare
  • Dr. Sheilah Robertson and Dr. Emily Patterson-Kane, American Veterinary Medical Association: The veterinary profession as leaders in animal welfare issues
  • Dr. Tom Meehan, veterinarian, Brookfield Zoo: Zoo animal welfare
  • Dr. Vickie Jarrell, University of Illinois College of ACES: Research animal welfar

This forum will be the fourth and final in a spring 2013 series entitled "One Health & You: News You Can Use," organized by the veterinary college's Center for One Health Illinois. During the first hour, panelists will give brief presentations. An hour of questions from the audience will follow.

Organizations co-sponsoring the Urbana series include the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District and several units on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus, including the College of Medicine, the Illinois Natural History Survey, the Global Health Initiative, and McKinley Health Center.

The philosophy of "one health" recognizes the interdependence of the health and well-being of the human population, wild and domestic animals, and the natural environment. The Center for One Health Illinois was established at the College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010 as a way to allow the college's expertise in environmental health, conservation medicine, and infectious diseases to inform and improve public policy and public health.

The Center focuses on research, training, and outreach efforts in three related areas:

  • Improving preparedness and response to natural and intentional exposures of biological, chemical, and physical agents; ensuring safe and sustainable food production systems
  • Understanding disease processes that occur at the interface of human and animal activities and their effects on the environment; and
  • Eucating health professionals who understand factors for human, animal and ecosystem health, how public health policy is developed, and how it affects the health of all three.


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