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Compassion in World Farming — Fish Welfare

Organization Name 
Award Date 
Grant Amount 
To improve fish welfare in Europe.
Topic (focus area) 

Grant investigator: Lewis Bollard

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The Open Philanthropy Project recommended two grants totaling £805,000 ($1,026,253 at the time of conversion) to Compassion in World Farming (Compassion) to advance fish welfare in Europe. The funding will allow Compassion to significantly expand its existing corporate engagement, research, campaigning and legislative advocacy on fish welfare in the United Kingdom and EU.

Specifically, Compassion plans to build a dedicated fish welfare team focused on engaging with food retailers and corporations; launch a new online information hub featuring resources on fish welfare such as white papers, technical reports, and case studies; conduct and commission new research and evidence-gathering on topics related to intensive fish farming, higher welfare systems, and to improve understanding of the welfare needs of fish. Compassion will also produce and promote public-facing materials designed to achieve a cultural and attitudinal shift toward fish in the longer-term. They will also conduct advocacy work in the EU and United Kingdom focused on securing enforcement of existing animal welfare laws which apply to farmed fish while also promoting species-specific protections.

One of these grants was made by a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization, to which we occasionally make funding recommendations.

This grant falls within our focus area of farm animal welfare.


Compassion, Farmed Fish Budget, 2017Source