PAWSI has worked tirelessly as an honest-broker with DEFRA and others. It has pioneered training for trainers. Its recommendations for sensible regulation have been preferred by many (including apparently DEFRA).
PAWSI is emphatically NOT an apologist for poor welfare.
It is NOT being considered as a regulator for performing animals or circus, it was looked at this way but declined because it felt that it was inappropriate. For self-regulation to work the regulator should be organised by the groups being inspected and regulated – PAWSI is intended to be an honest broker, it can and does bring together people with expertise in the sector to help draft standards which a regulator can then use.
Please let us know if you find something wrong with this website. It has been updated totally, very quickly because people were choosing to misinterpret the old site and drawing incorrect conclusions. This site will get tidied up!
|PAWSI is dedicated to establishing standards to protect the welfare of all animals involved in performance. PAWSI believes that the interaction between animals and man are beneficial to the interests of both, involvement in performance and entertainment is an aspect of this.|
PAWSI stands for Performing Animals Welfare Standards International
PAWSI is dedicated to establishing standards to protect the welfare of all animals involved in performance. PAWSI believes that the interaction between animals and man are beneficial to the interests of both, involvement in performance and entertainment is an aspect of this.
PAWSI was founded in 1999 by Rona Brown and Peter Scott to take on the work they had been doing in developing standards and training for animals used in the media.
The standards grew from a wide range of sources including material given originally by Rona Brown to the American Humane Association in the 70’s. Many people contributed to this important work and several sets of standards developed around the world. Peter Scott became involved in the mid 80’s and the concept of PAWSI arose in the late 90’s.
Both Rona and Peter were involved with the Animal Filming and Training Commission (AFTC) which on behalf of Skillset developed the NVQ structure now adopted by LANTRA – hopefully soon to be offered as courses by Colleges such as Sparsholt
PAWSI works with media productions and with veterinary surgeonsto develop a set of standards and show how they can be achieved and certified on a production. On completion a Certificate is issued to confirm compliance with the PAWSI standards.
PAWSI is working with DEFRA, Scottish Executive, RSPCA, Dogs Trust already and is happy to work with any group who wishes to forward the interests and welfare of animals in the media.…