The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies is proud to honour the esteemed Dr. David Fraser as the 2016 recipient of the Frederic A. McGrand Lifetime Leadership in Animal Welfare Award, which was presented at the 2016 CFHS National Animal Welfare Conference in Toronto.
“Dr. Fraser has helped immeasurably in shaping animal welfare thinking and focusing our efforts toward the best possible solutions for improving quality of life for animals,” says Barbara Cartwright, CEO of CFHS. “He conducted some of the earliest research on pig welfare issues and did pioneering work on identifying emotional states in animals. We’re thrilled to be able to honour his incredible contributions.”
Dr. Fraser is this country’s pre-eminent thinker in the field of animal welfare science, and he is also a co-founder of UBC’s Animal Welfare Program which, with the involvement of fellow faculty members Dr. Dan Weary and Dr. Nina von Keyserlingk, is a leading centre for animal welfare research, education and outreach.
About the Frederic A. McGrand Lifetime Leadership in Animal Welfare Award
Throughout his life, Senator Frederic A. McGrand showed a tremendous commitment to animal welfare. He was one of the founders of the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies and, before his death in 1988, he set up a legacy fund so his work could go on. This includes an endowment in support of humane societies and SPCAs in Atlantic Canada and the Frederic A. McGrand Lifetime Leadership Award to acknowledge significant contributions to Canadian animal welfare. As the administrators of the fund, CFHS is proud to be part of furthering Senator McGrand’s legacy.
The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies convenes Canada’s largest animal welfare community, representing 50 humane societies and SPCAs across Canada. As Canada’s voice for animal welfare, we drive positive, progressive change to end animal cruelty, improve animal protection and promote the humane treatment of all animals through education, legislative change and our work with industry.
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Professor Fraser’s Career Highlights
- Fraser has been active in the field of animal welfare for 45 years.
- He is personally responsible for many innovations in animal housing and management, ranging from designing better pig pens to reducing highway accidents involving wildlife.
- His published papers include scientific studies on improved animal housing and handling practices, contributions to animal welfare theory and papers on the practical and cultural dimensions of applying ethics to animal issues.
- In 2005, he was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada for his work as a pioneer in the field of animal welfare science.
- In 2014, Dr. Fraser received the Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Animal Welfare Science from the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW).
- Fraser is one of the original members of the Animal Welfare Working Group of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), which develops global animal welfare standards on behalf of its 180 member nations.
- He chaired the expert consultation on animal welfare for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome.
- Within Canada, he was elected one of the original members of the National Farm Animal Health and Welfare Council and led the development of the Council’s national strategy for farm animal welfare.
- Fraser currently serves on advisory committees for Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, the Centre for Zoo Animal Welfare, the Verified Beef Production Program and is an advisor on animal welfare to the Loblaw Companies.