RSPCA Cymru has welcomed the commitments made by the Welsh Government in the new Wales Animal Health and Welfare Framework Implementation plan for 2015/2016.

The framework released by the Welsh Government today [17 July] sets out their plans for continuing and lasting improvements in standards of animal health and welfare for kept animals whilst also helping to protect public health and making a contribution to the economy and the environment.

The report includes animal welfare commitments across a whole range of issues.

RSPCA Cymru’s Claire Lawson said: “We welcome the many commitments that have been laid out in the new Wales Animal Health and Welfare Framework plan for 2015/2016.

“There are two new areas in the plan that we are pleased to see due to our current activities and campaigning work on these issues.

“The commitments to establish a working group and investigate standards at slaughter are particularly welcome given our high profile campaign on ending the practice of non-stunned slaughter*. We also welcome work to investigate the role of animal welfare in influencing purchasing decisions given our initiatives on food assurance and campaigns for higher welfare labelling.

“It is also very pleasing to see several commitments on dog welfare, given the work that we are currently leading as part of the Review on Responsible Dog Ownership in Wales. We look forward to engaging in further discussions around dog breeding, shock collars and the code of practice for dogs.”

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*Non-stun slaughter campaign:
RSPCA Cymru’s petition to end non-stun slaughter in Wales has now passed 3,400 signatures.
For more information and to sign the petition visit