Bio : Joyce D’Silva, Ambassador Emeritus, Compassion in World Farming
On Saturday 28th October our Guest Speaker, Joyce D’Silva, will give a talk entitled: ‘The Implications of Animal Sentience – What do science and the major faiths say about animal sentience – and what does this mean for our lives?’
In 1991 Joyce was appointed as Chief Executive of Compassion in World Farming, a post she held for 14 years. As Compassion’s Ambassador since 2005, she has given talks at conferences and institutions across the world, from the World Bank to the FAO and the European Parliament. In April 2016 she was appointed as Ambassador Emeritus for Compassion. Joyce played a key role in achieving the UK ban on sow stalls in the nineties and in getting recognition of animal sentience enshrined in the European Union Treaties.
In 2010 publishers Earthscan commissioned Joyce to produce/edit the book “The Meat Crisis” with Professor John Webster as co-editor. A new edition of this book has just been published in August 2017.
Joyce was awarded Honorary Doctorates by the University of Winchester, 2015, and the University of Keele, 2017. She is a Patron of the Animal Interfaith Alliance and a Trustee of the UK branch of Help in Suffering, a charity carrying out veterinary work in Jaipur, India. She is on the Advisory Council of CreatureKind and a member of the Jane Goodall Institute’s Global Ethics Committee.