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Cats Protection chief executive appointed new member of AWC

Cats protection CEO James Yeates has been appointed as a new member of The Animal Welfare Committee (AWC).

Yeates is one of the four new members of AWC, which is made up of experts in farming, wild animals and pets. It provides detailed research and advice to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales.

He has been CEO of Cats Protection since 2018, he is a qualified vet, with degrees in veterinary science and bioethics, as well as a PhD. He becomes the only new appointee to the AWC to specialise in companion animals.

Formerly, he was chief veterinary officer at the RSPCA and is also a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Registered Specialist in animal welfare, science, ethics and law and a diplomate of the RCVS and the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine.

He said: “I’m delighted to be taking up this role with the Animal Welfare Committee as an expert in the welfare of companion animals. The Committee has a strong record in being a force for good, and looks set to have an ever-greater impact and importance in the coming years.

“This role offers the potential to translate scientific findings, alongside other research and information, into guidance that will help animals and the people who live, work and care for animals.”

He added: “It’s an honour to be working alongside like-minded individuals to help improve the welfare of all animals in the UK.”

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