The Chair of Scotland’s first ever independent Animal Welfare Commission confirmed
Announced as part of the Programme for Government, the Commission will focus on protecting wild and companion animals while also providing scientific and ethical advice to government.
The Commission, which will be chaired by Professor Cathy Dwyer will specifically look at:
- how the welfare needs of sentient animals are being met by devolved policy
- possible legislative and non-legislative routes to further protect the welfare of sentient animals
- the research requirements to provide an evidence base for future policy development
Rural Affairs Minister Mairi Gougeon said:
“Animal welfare is a subject that I feel very passionately about so I’m delighted to announce Professor Dwyer as the first Chair of the independent Scottish Animal Welfare Commission who will bring a depth of expertise and knowledge to the Commission.