Black Soldier Fly Head - (Hermetia illucens) by Thomas Shahan
Black Soldier Fly Head – (Hermetia illucens) by Thomas Shahan (1)

About this Group

Welfare & Ethics Rearing & husbandry Farming insects Insects as food & feed Teaching & education

A Special Interest Group to provide a forum for the discussion of insect welfare and ethics.

The group aims to provide a friendly and inclusive forum for the discussion and debate about invertebrate ethics and welfare. In this group, we will explore questions about the production, use and study of insects. This is an open forum, with members encouraged to express a wide range of views and constructively build collaborations across disciplines.

Current areas of interest include but are not limited to, insect rearing and husbandry methods, nociception in invertebrates and practices for working and collecting specimens across borders. However, members are encouraged to raise other areas of interest for discussion and debate. This group plans to meet annually in various venues across the UK, as well as online.

Please note that the views expressed within this group are the member’s own and do not reflect the views of the RES.

If you are interested in joining the group, finding out more or raising an area of interest – please do contact Eleanor on