As Veterinary Surgeons, we believe the priority in the conduct of wildlife management should be animal welfare. Our objectives at VAWM are to promote the management of British wildlife, by methods which have animal welfare at their core. We use the latest research and veterinary science to underpin our recommendations for effective wildlife management.
Animal welfare or animal rights? Many in the media and in politics confuse the two terms, yet they are fundamentally different. Animal welfare concerns the humane treatment of animals, recognizing they will be used, and sometimes killed, for a variety of proper reasons. The idea of ‘animal rights’ presumes that no animal should be killed or used in any way, for any reason. There have been many instances of genuine animal-welfare acts reported as having been undertaken by ‘animal rightists’ and vice versa. This only adds to a muddled view in the minds of the public. VAWM does not believe that animals have ‘rights’, and devotes itself to improving animal welfare.