James Yeates

James Yeates

Dr. James Yeates (he/him) is the Chief Executive Officer of WFA. As CEO, James oversees the Federation’s advocacy strategy, membership recruitment and engagement strategies, and serves as the public face of WFA and its vision for animal welfare.

James has over a decade of experience in advocacy for animal welfare. He was previously the CEO of NGO Cats Protection and the RSPCA’s Chief Veterinary Officer. As well as his CEO role at WFA, James is a member of both the Scottish Government Animal Welfare Commission and DEFRA Animal Welfare Committee, advising Scottish and English politicians on companion animal welfare.

He is the author of four books and other publications, has veterinary and ethics degrees, a Ph.D. and MBA, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. James currently has a rehomed cat and chickens, a small area of natural set-aside habitat, and young children who capture his concern for both animal welfare, nature loss, and sustainability.

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Animal Welfare at the UN: Progress & Path Ahead

Two years ago the UN Environment Assembly at its fifth session (UNEA5) marked a pivotal moment: the unanimous adoption of the first-ever United Nations resolution ...
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The UN High-Level Political Forum: A journey towards global animal welfare

This year’s High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) at the United Nations in New York was a chance to effectively advocate for animals globally and advance our ...
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The recognition of animal welfare across international policy

The last couple of months have brought some encouraging signs. We appear to be seeing a new – but increasing – realisation that failing to ...
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Science, empathy, and a little less selfishness

In its 2020 report on Harmony with Nature, the UN Secretary-General stated that a “first step to recognizing the rights of Nature is the recognition ...
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Taking forward the Animal Welfare Nexus resolution

February 2022 was historic.  It was a challenging but ultimately successful process through the preparatory meetings for the UN Environment Assembly. On 25th February, the ...
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UNEA 5.2 – Strengthening action for nature and animal welfare

At this year’s UN Environment Assembly (UNEA 5.2), several G77 countries are sponsoring a Resolution on the animal welfare, environment and sustainable development nexus. It ...
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One health

We must learn from the pandemic, or we are doomed to repeat it. If the pandemic has taught us anything, it is that the worldwide ...
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