Helen Proctor

Helen Proctor working with dairy cows during sentience research

Hi I'm Helen, the sentience manager at World Animal Protection.

As a scientist I specialise in animal sentience; the capacity of animals to feel emotions and experiences such as pain and joy. I am deeply passionate about the emotional lives of animals - it is the reason they need protecting. Animals feel, so their experiences matter. 

I have been an animal lover my whole life and believe that all animals should be protected. The more we know about the emotions of animals, the more we can ensure that they live good lives. 

Through my blog you'll find out about all the exciting research my team is involved in, as well as the latest and most interesting facts about the animals we protect at World Animal Protection. 

A dairy cow at the Bolton Park Farm.

Sentience research: Meet the cows

Posted on 24/07/2015 by former employee Helen Proctor

Meet some of the cows who are taking part in our current research into animal sentience. Their curious and complex personalities keep me on my toes every day.

World Animal Protection's science team carried out research at Bolton Park Farm, to assess sentience in dairy cattle.

Stroking cows - for science of course

Posted on 27/05/2015 by former employee Helen Proctor

How do we know a cow is happy? At World Animal Protection we are pioneering new research to explore dairy cow emotions and answer just that question.