RSPCA Cymru is launching a campaign today calling for a ban on keeping primates as pets in Wales.

The charity’s scientists believe that primates can never be kept as pets without their welfare being compromised and are calling on the public, and decision-makers, to support a ban.

The animal welfare charity hopes Wales will join the list of 15 European countries which have implemented a ban of some kind. It is estimated that there are around 120 privately-kept primates in … Continue reading…

Responding to a statement from the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, concerning the Welsh Government’s Bovine TB Eradication Programme, Claire Lawson, Assistant Director of External Relations – Wales, said:

“Bovine TB is a devastating disease, and causes grief to so many, particularly within the farming community.

“RSPCA Cymru has always supported humane, scientifically-supported and effective methods to tackle this disease.

“We will engage closely with the Welsh Government in relation to this new consultation, which we understand will … Continue reading…

RSPCA Cymru is issuing advice for pet owners in the run up to bonfire night.

Sadly it is not just companion animals that are affected by fireworks. Farm animals also can be easily frightened by loud noises and sudden flashes of bright light, which can startle them and cause them to injure themselves on fencing, farm equipment or, in the case of housed animals, on fixtures and fittings within the house.

It is also likely that fireworks will cause a … Continue reading…

A terrified cat has been rescued from a tree in Nantymoel, near Bridgend, after joint action from RSPCA Cymru and South Wales Fire & Rescue Service.

Rhubarb became trapped around 20 feet up a tree on Wednesday (12 October). Though the cat was in good health and responsive, he appeared both rigid and scared and was hardly moving.

There were further concerns about the welfare of the cat, due to the speed of winds, meaning the top of the tree … Continue reading…

A ceremony to celebrate the successful winners of RSPCA Cymru’s Community Animal Welfare Footprint (CAWF) awards has been held in Cardiff Bay.

The winners were presented with their awards by RSPCA Cymru board chair and RSPCA council member Paul Baxter and RSPCA assistant director external relations – Wales, Claire Lawson.

Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths AM also attended the ceremony, which took place at the Pierhead yesterday (12 October), to congratulate all the winners.

This year, … Continue reading…