Animal Welfare Director, China Classification Society Quality Certification Co., Ltd
"Through IFAWF, I met fellows and teachers with similar aspirations and gained the strength and drive to persist in improving animal welfare. The 14 online sessions lasting almost four months were full of surprises and joy!"
Lucy Du 杜晓惠
Professor, Sichuan Agricultural University,
School of Animal Science
"I acquired knowledge, gained teammates to advance our work together, and felt improved confidence and strength. “Improving life” is a wonderful and meaningful life!"
Max Chen 陈吕泰然
BSc (Honors) Student in Environmental Science, University of British Columbia
"Through participating in IFAWF, I felt an incredible feeling of ‘not learning enough, wanting to learn more!’ Gathering for animals, every learner here is also a sharer, and every listener is also a witness. I am often thinking and pondering, and I rejoice in my heart with even tiny steps forward. Sincere yet open-minded, rational yet passionate, we start from little things, from what is near. As I gently stroke the pig’s nose and enjoy her joyous snorts, I feel honored to receive her highest praise."
"I am glad to meet friends from different fields with a shared passion, to see hope and the rapid development of farm animal welfare in China. "
Jim Zhu 朱金柱
Production Manager, Guangzhou Yuexiu Husbandry Technology Co., Ltd.
"I feel lucky to join IFAWF, through this program, I was able to
Connect with talented fellows from various fields, to better understand and improve myself
Learn and gain a deeper understanding of animal welfare
Realize that having good company is just as important as choosing the right path"
Guo Bin 郭斌
PhD Kangwon National University
"As a legal scholar, I was inspired after closely connecting with those who work within the animal agriculture industry. "
Yuanyue Wang 王圆月
Pig Animal Welfare Research Assistant,
Western College of Veterinary Medicine,
University of Saskatchewan
"My biggest feeling after joining IFAWF was a sense of community, I met so many friends who share the same interest. Through IFAWF, I recognized that animal welfare is interdisciplinary, and learnt different knowledge from other fellows, which enriched my understanding of animal welfare. I hope we will have further discussions, connections, collaborations, in order to work hard together to improve animal welfare, and give voice to the animals. "
Amin Cai 蔡阿敏
Henan Agricultural University
"Thanks to IFAWF, I connected with friends with similar aspirations. There is still a long way to go to improve farm animal welfare, which requires friends from many fields to work hard and forge ahead together."
Nick Liu 刘禹辰
PhD Student, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics
"I am very thankful to IFAWF for expanding my views on animal welfare research, and for connecting me with so many friends who are striving to improve animal welfare. Before, it was a luxury to discuss animal welfare issues with other people, but this became so easy after joining the fellowship. I even worked with fellows to complete a paper together, which feels really joyous!"
Carrie zhang 张依玲
Quality Assurance Manager,
"Do right things and do things right, every friend who cares about animal welfare is a leader in this gentle revolution."
Guiyu Zhuang 庄桂玉
"I gained a lot and felt touched and excited. "
Grace Yu 余品仪
System Document Control Supervisor,
Mingkanghui Ecological Agriculture Group Co., Ltd.
"I feel very lucky to join the 2022 cohort of IFAWF fellowship, to have the chance to learn and discuss farm animal welfare issues with experts from different disciplines. The fellows from IFAWF will form a strong community, and through continued collaborations and dialogue, will promote and advance farm animal welfare in China."
Eric Chen 陈少宇
General Manager, Qingdao Food Safety Management Consulting Co., Ltd.
"I gained a lot from participating in IFAWF, and have many reflections.
Firstly, in the three months and 14 sessions of learning and dialogue, I felt a new sense of understanding as to the value of my career. I gained a holistic understanding of animal welfare knowledge. I also have broadened views and new thoughts on the development of farm animal welfare in China, of actual issues within animal agriculture in general, as well as in my work.
Secondly, after learning about farm animal welfare, I adjusted my career positioning within the food manufacturing, broiler slaughter and processing industry. I shifted from focusing on how to process food better, to how to create better food which is beneficial for health. I shifted my values regarding animal welfare. Caring for animal welfare is another way of caring for humans.
Through this learning experience, I was lucky to meet so many experts, scholars, professionals, colleagues, and connect with invaluable resources.
I am very thankful to IFAWF, for introducing new opportunities and rekindling confidence to welcome the new challenges in my work and life. "
Xiong Hui 熊慧
Scientific Research Assistant, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences
"I applied to participate in IFAWF at a stage where I felt a bit lost prior to graduation. My job search was not very successful, my grades were not very ideal, so acceptance into the fellowship was a very happy event during that time. Joining this fellowship was surprising, I met lots of friends who share similar aspirations, everyone was talented with a shared passion for learning, I gained a lot of knowledge! "
Sihe Zhang 张斯荷
"I feel honored to participate in the IFAWF fellowship. The program is rich in content, diverse in format, and high in engagement. I felt it broadened my thinking, I benefited a lot from gaining knowledge. Through this program, I met many friends with similar interests and felt more confident about future developments, and it strengthened my belief that farm animal welfare will continually improve in China."
"Through systematic learning in the fellowship, I gained a more holistic understanding of high animal welfare husbandry, and a deeper understanding of sustainable development and the close connection between animal and human health. I feel deeply honored and grateful to connect with so many talented teachers and fellows working in the animal welfare field. I hope that in my future work, we can further collaborate and implement high animal welfare in layer husbandry, and explore husbandry practices which are suitable for a Chinese context. I hope to use my actions to make a contribution to farm animal welfare in China! "
Wenzhi Wang 王文智
"I gained more awareness about animal welfare, learned professional knowledge, and connected with industry professionals. "
Eddie Guo 郭林林
Henan New Channel Food Co., Ltd.
"Joined the platform and connected with leaders in the animal welfare field
Learnt about the development of animal welfare in a global context and in contemporary China
Learnt various animal welfare legislation and policies
Learnt about the development of the alternative protein industry "
Danqin Li 李丹钦
DVM Student, Kansas State University,
College of Veterinary Medicine
"I feel very lucky to participate in the IFAWF fellowship this summer, to be able to connect with a group of friends who share the same passion for farm animal welfare! Through the weekly learning, discussions, and idea exchange with everyone, I learnt the diversity and complexity of farm animal welfare issues in China. This has encouraged me to learn more and work harder in this direction! "