Compassionate Conservation 2015 – Call for Abstracts

The sponsors, hosts and organisers are pleased to announce the call for abstracts for Compassionate Conservation 2015, to take place at University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, 28-31 July 2015.

The conference will be a multidisciplinary event aiming to address animal welfare issues in conservation, examine potential synergies, look for practical outcomes and promote further dialogue between these disciplines. It follows the highly successful inaugural symposium at the University of Oxford in 2010.

Submissions are welcomed on science, law, policy, and ethics relating to the interface between animal welfare and conservation.


Abstract Submission Instructions

Abstracts should be submitted in MS Word, attached to an email.

1. Please indicate TALK or POSTER


3. Author name(s): Surname, Initial(s) – please indicate main / presenting author with an *.

4. Author affiliation(s): Institution/University, City, Country – use superscript numbers to indicate affiliations for each author.

e.g. Adams, A1*, Brown, B2 & Carter, C3

5. Email address for main / presenting author

Abstracts should be written in English and not exceed 400 words (excluding title and authors’ details).

No reference(s) should be included. No graphs or tables should be included. We strongly advise you to highlight the relevance of your presentation to both animal welfare and conservation.

Please submit the abstract by email to by Friday 27th February 2015.

Where possible, your preference for Talk or Poster will be accommodated, but we reserve the right to offer a Poster slot if a Talk slot is not available.

Decisions on acceptance will be made by the end of March 2015.

Registration for the conference will open in February.

Virginia McKenna Award for Compassionate Conservation: Commendations

In addition to the recent winners of the Virginia McKenna Award for Compassionate Conservation – the Mad Dog Initiative – we are pleased to recognise the work of two further nominees.

Dr. Sandra Baker is the Humane Society Research Fellow and a member of the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) at the University of Oxford. Her primary research interests relate to the welfare of wild vertebrates, including human-wildlife conflict, wildlife management and wildlife trade issues. Her current research focuses on the animal welfare impact of vertebrate management methods, including applying and developing a model to examine the impacts of both lethal and non-lethal methods, and to identify ways of reducing these.

Belinda Low Mackey is Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Grevy’s Zebra Trust, whose mission is to conserve the endangered Grevy’s zebra and its fragile habitat in partnership with communities. The Trust is committed to showing respect and compassion for wildlife, the environment, and the people who live there. In addition to its conservation and community work, the Trust has established a mud rescue patrol team that is deployed during months at risk of floods. They have since rescued 9 more Grevy’s zebra, 1 gerenuk, 2 ostrich and 3 warthogs.

The judging panel for the Award is pleased to recognise their work.