RSPCA Cymru is calling upon the six major political parties in Wales to ensure animal welfare is high on the agenda ahead of the 2016 Assembly elections.
The charity has produced a detailed ‘manifesto’ which includes a list of key animal welfare issues for Wales’ political parties to consider as they prepare to spell out to the people of Wales their plans for the country beyond 2016.
It was on 3 March 2011 when animal welfare officially became a matter of the Assembly’s concern, excluding hunting and animal experimentation. Therefore 2016’s election will be the first full election campaign where animal welfare is practically a devolved matter.
One of the issues politicians say people contact them most about is animal welfare and RSPCA Cymru believe the election is a big opportunity for the six major political parties to demonstrate their commitment to animals in Wales.
RSPCA Cymru’s ‘manifesto’ raises around 30 issues covering a range of policy proposals, including five key asks urging the Welsh Government to:
end non-stun slaughter,
introduce a new Wildlife Act,
review public sector buying standards, and
improve effective enforcement of animal welfare laws.
RSPCA Cymru’s public affairs manager Christopher O’Brien said: “Almost half of Wales’ households have a pet, and we know animal welfare is one of the issues politicians hear about most from constituents.
“RSPCA Cymru’s manifesto details some of the key issues political parties should consider when looking at improving the lives of animals across Wales, ranging from welfare at time of slaughter, to updating wildlife law and reviewing food procurement policy.
“These issues mean so much to people across the country. Wales’ political parties now have a fantastic opportunity to develop innovative animal welfare proposals ahead of next year’s National Assembly for Wales elections.”
Discussions with political parties are on-going; and RSPCA Cymru’s manifesto has already been presented to Party Leaders, relevant spokespeople and other key staff.
As a charity, the RSPCA does not support or oppose any political party or candidate.
Mr O’Brien added: “RSPCA Cymru is determined to work with all political parties to improve animal welfare. We hope to see them all responding with animal welfare proposals within their manifestos for the Assembly elections in 2016.”
Members of the public can let Wales’ political parties know that animal welfare matters to them and help give animals a voice in the next National Assembly for Wales by taking our online action.
To view RSPCA Cymru’s ‘manifesto’ please visit: http://politicalanimal.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Animal-Welfare-FifthAssemby-Combined.pdf
To complete the online action visit: http://www.rspca.org.uk/utilities/aboutus/wales/manifesto
For more information about the campaign to end non-stun slaughter and to sign the petition visit: http://www.rspca.org.uk/getinvolved/campaign/slaughter
For more information about the campaign calling for sanctuaries to be regulated visit: http://www.rspca.org.uk/getinvolved/campaign/walessanctuaries