UFAW 2018
Animal Welfare across Borders

A meeting to bridge cultural gaps to advance animal welfare worldwide.

Hong Kong, 25 and 26 October 2018

Supported by the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW), UK

      

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About the conference

 

Introduction


This two-day meeting endeavours to increase our knowledge of the different ways animal welfare is understood and addressed around the world. The aim is to develop ideas for local animal welfare initiatives, supported by local science projects, in order to progress animal welfare at a global level, while taking cultural and environmental differences and constraints into consideration. In addition, the meeting will attempt to highlight lessons that could be learned by developing and developed countries alike.

Socioeconomics, climate, politics, religious and cultural practices, history, access to technology and availability of veterinary expertise are all factors that affect how people view animals and are reflected in regional differences in how animals are treated. As a result, attitudes of consumers, animal guardians, farmers and politicians to animal welfare are often different between regions. These differences will need to be addressed to efficiently promote animal welfare across the globe. In addition, implications for people and the environment will have to be considered.

Indeed, differences in attitude towards animal welfare raise the question whether, instead of implementing or adapting standards developed for production systems of developed nations, animal welfare could be improved more efficiently by putting it into a local context. Climate and climate change, resource availability, and social and cultural factors can create specific local opportunities and constraints for improving animal welfare.

 


Organising committee

 

1. Dr Kate Littin
Ministry for Primary Industries, New Zealand
2. Dr Tamara Diesch
Ministry for Primary Industries, New Zealand
3. Dr Kris Descovich
Unitec Institute of Technology, New Zealand
4. Michelle Sinclair
University of Queensland, Australia
5. Assoc Prof Ngaio Beausoleil
Massey University, New Zealand
6. Dr Amanda Doughty
Allflex Australia, Australia
7. Dr Rebecca Doyle
University of Melbourne, Australia
8. Dr Howard Wong
City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
9. Dr Queeny Yuen
City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
10. Dr Natasha Lee
Animal Happiness Consultancy, Malaysia

 


About UFAW

 

The Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW) is an independent registered charity that works with the animal welfare science community worldwide to develop and promote improvements in the welfare of farm, companion, laboratory, captive wild animals and those with which we interact in the wild, through scientific and educational activity.

 

UFAW

  • Promotes and supports developments in the science and technology that underpin advances in animal welfare.
  • Promotes education in animal care and welfare.
  • Provides information, organises symposia, conferences and meetings, publishes books, videos, technical reports and the international quarterly scientific journal Animal Welfare.
  • Provides expert advice to governments and other organisations and helps to draft and amend laws and guidelines.
  • Enlists the energies of animal keepers, scientists, veterinarians, lawyers and others who care about animals.

Link: www.ufaw.org.uk

Programme

 

Themes


Sessions will provide an overview of different concepts of animal welfare, animal welfare science and animal welfare initiatives from different regions of the world; will address how this knowledge can be applied improve animal welfare on a local and regional level; and will address how we can bring about a change in people’s attitudes, what different cultures can learn from each other and how changes could be achieved on a global level.

 

Session 1: Current state of animal welfare

Theme: developments in animal welfare science, understanding the current states of animal welfare in different countries, ethics and perception towards animals, and the impact of culture and religion on animal welfare.

 

Session 2: Applying animal welfare

Theme: applying animal welfare principles in practice, improving animal welfare in various settings, and changing perceptions towards animals.

 

Session 3: Animal welfare systems and policy

Theme: development and enforcement of animal welfare policy, roles of each stakeholder to improve animal welfare, and “one welfare”.

 

Session 4: Lessons learnt

Theme: lessons that can be applied across borders, and overcoming challenges to improve animal welfare globally.

 


Keynote speakers

 

  • Dr Judy MacArthur Clark
  • Dr Birte Nilsen
  • Dr Johnson Chiang

 


Schedule

 

Simultaneous translation for English-Mandarin will be provided.

 


Social events

 

Social dinner

A social dinner will be held on 25th October at the conference venue. This is included as part of the standard registration fees. Additional accompanying person will be charged at HKD 300 per person.

 

Harbour cruise

End your conference and complete your Hong Kong experience aboard a junk! Join our evening harbour cruise to soak up the sights and sounds of Hong Kong’s skyline. This one-hour cruise will include cocktails and light snacks.

Ship will depart at 7.30pm on 26th October 2018. Tickets are limited to first 80 people.

Tickets are HKD 350 per person.

 


Pre-conference workshops

 

Animal welfare workshops or talks

Important dates

 

  Abstract submission closes: 31 May 2018  
  Successful papers notified: 31 July 2018  
  Early bird registration closes: 31 July 2018  

Call for Abstracts

 


Abstracts can be submitted via email to Kris Descovich (kdescovich@unitec.ac.nz) by 31 May 2018.

Abstract guidance and template HERE.

Example of an abstract

 

Abstract submission should be in English. However, abstracts may be translated into Mandarin for the abstract booklet.

Oral presenters may choose to present in either English or Mandarin. Poster presentations can be in English or dual language (Mandarin-English).

Please indicate at the top of the abstract if you wish to give an oral or poster presentation, and the language of your presentation/poster.

Registration

 

Registration fees

  Early bird
(by 31 July 2018)
Standard
(after 31 July 2018)
Standard HKD 800 HKD 1,000
Student* HKD 400 HKD 500

*proof of ID will be required during registration (e.g. Passport, student card or letter from institution)

Standard registration fees will include conference attendance, refreshments, lunches and one social dinner. Student registration fees will be similar to standard registration but will not include the social dinner.

Social dinner for the accompanying person will be HKD 300 per person.

Payment will be processed in 3-5 working days. An email notification will be sent once the transaction is confirmed.

 


Registration form

 

 

Do you need a letter of invitation to obtain a visa to HK? *

 

Attending social dinner (standard registration only) *

Accompanying person for social dinner (HKD 300/person) *

Joining harbour cruise (HKD 350) *

Accompanying person for harbour cruise (HKD 350/person) *

 

I am happy for my email to be circulated in the list of delegates *

 

 

Credit Card Type *

 

*payment is not immediate and will be processed in 3-5 working days. An email notification will be sent once the transaction is confirmed.

 

 

Disclaimer:

  • Full payment of the fee must be received before a delegate can be registered. Only delegates that are registered can attend the conference.
  • Presenters must register before the early bird deadline in order to confirm their presentation.
  • Delegates are responsible to for their own travel and accommodation to attend the conference, as well as securing the appropriate travel documentations, if required. The organisers can assist in providing an invitation letter or other documentations, upon request.
  • Registration is for an individual, not an institution, and is not transferable, unless this has been agreed in advance. Failure to comply may result in such individuals being denied entry to the meeting.
  • In the event of circumstances arising beyond the organisers’ control, we reserve the right to cancel this meeting at our discretion without incurring any liability in respect of such cancellation and to return to delegates any monies received.
  • Delegates who cancel their bookings within 4 weeks of the start of the conference will not have their registration fee refunded. Prior to this, refunds will be discretionary and will be returned less any handling fee and costs incurred.
  • We cannot accept liability for personal accidents, nor for loss of, or damage to private property of delegates, either during or directly arising from attendance at the conference. Delegates should make their own arrangements with respect to health and travel insurance.


Useful Information

 

Conference venue

 

Address:
City University of Hong Kong
Tat Chee Avenue
Kowloon
Hong Kong SAR

 

Website:
www.cityu.edu.hk

 
 

Transportation

How to get to CityU

 
 


 
 

Accommodation

Delegates are responsible for booking their own accommodations. However, special rates have been negotiated with these hotels for this event. Please contact the hotel of your choice directly to make your booking.

 

Hotel

Getting to City University of Hong Kong

By MTR

By Taxi

Harbour Plaza Metropolis

Superior Room: HK$1390 nett

Hotel Website

Reservation Form

Walk from hotel to Hung Hom Station, Approx. 5 mins

 

From Hung Hom Station, East Rail Line to Kowloon Tong Station - Approx. 9 mins, HK$4

 

Walk from Kowloon Tong Station to Lau Ming Wai Academic Building, CityU – Approx. 5 mins

Approx. 15 mins, HK$75-80

Royal Plaza Hotel

Plaza Deluxe Room: HK$1300

Plaza Deluxe Family Room: HK$1500

(exclusive of 10% tax)

Hotel Website

Reservation Form

Walk from hotel to Mong Kok East Station, Approx. 5 mins

 

From Mong Kok East Station, East Rail Line to Kowloon Tong Station – Approx. 5 mins, HK$4

 

Walk from Kowloon Tong Station to Lau Ming Wai Academic Building, CityU – Approx. 5 mins

Approx. 9 mins, HK$44-52

The Cityview Hotel

Economy Plus HK$800 (24 to 25 Oct) / HK$1250 (26 to 27 Oct)

Deluxe Room HK$850 (24 to 25 Oct) / HK$1150 (26 to 27 Oct)

Premier Room HK$950 (24 to 25 Oct) / HK$1250 (26 to 27 Oct)
(exclusive of 10% tax)

Hotel Website

Reservation Form

Walk from hotel to Yau Ma Tei Station, Approx. 2 mins

 

From Yau Ma Tei Station, Kwun Tong Line to Kowloon Tong Station – Approx. 9 mins, HK$5.5

 

Walk from Kowloon Tong Station to Lau Ming Wai Academic Building, CityU – Approx. 5 mins

Approx. 14 mins, HK$65-77

Stanford Hillview Hotel (Tsimshatsui)

Oak Room HK$1110 (24 to 25 Oct) / HK$1380 (26 to 27 Oct)
(inclusive of 10% tax)

Hotel Website

Reservation Form

Walk from hotel to Jordan Station, Approx. 10 mins

 

From Jordan Station, Tsuen Wan Line & Kwun Tong Line to Kowloon Tong Station - Approx. 12 mins, HK$7.5

 

Walk from Kowloon Tong Station to Lau Ming Wai Academic Building, CityU – Approx. 5 mins

Approx. 18 mins, HK$75-87

Stanford Hotel (Mongkok)

City Room HK$1030 (24 to 25 Oct) / HK$1350 (26 to 27 Oct)
(inclusive of 10% tax)

Hotel Website

Reservation Form

Walk from hotel to Jordan Station, Approx. 8 mins

 

From Mong Kok Station, Kwun Tong Line to Kowloon Tong Station - Approx. 7 mins, HK$5.5

 

Walk from Kowloon Tong Station to Lau Ming Wai Academic Building, CityU – Approx. 5 mins

Approx. 13 mins, HK$50-64

 


 

 

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