RSPCA Cymru is delighted that the Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary Lesley Griffiths has announced a consultation will be launched in the New Year on a ban on the third party sales of puppies and kittens.
The announcement was made last night (5 November) at an RSPCA Cymru event which rewarded local authorities and organisations across Wales for going the extra mile for animal welfare.
The consultation will look to gather evidence on what stage the Welsh Government should intervene in large scale breeding premises and address concerns about animal welfare.
Speaking in Cardiff Bay, the Cabinet Secretary Lesley Griffiths said: “Wales has led the way in animal welfare legislation and we’re determined to keep raising standards of responsible animal ownership.
“I know there are growing concerns about the welfare standards at some large scale breeding premises and I have asked my officials to investigate how a ban on third party sales could address these concerns.”
During the RSPCA Cymru event awards were presented to local authorities, housing providers and organisations as part of the Community Animal Welfare Footprint (CAWF) awards.
This year 16 organisations were presented with 19 CAWF awards – with seven winning a gold award; the most that has been given out at one time.
RSPCA Cymru was also proud to announce the ‘RSPCA Innovator for Wales Award’ for 2018 – which rewards pioneering and imaginative steps taken to improve animal welfare – has been awarded to Pembrokeshire County Council for creating and adopting new Riding Establishment licensing conditions under the Animal Welfare Act. These new licensing conditions are being rolled out across Wales, continuing Pembrokeshire Council’s innovative and collaborative approach to animal welfare.
Pembrokeshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Licensing and Regulatory Services, Councillor Pat Davies, said: “The authority is delighted to receive this recognition for our Animal Health and Welfare initiatives. We truly believe in promoting best practice in Animal Health and Welfare licensed establishments within Pembrokeshire. Being recognised as a winner in both the Footprint and Innovators category is a great accomplishment and we appreciate the dedication and hard work of our employees to achieve these awards.”
The animal welfare charity was also pleased to announce a ‘Special Recognition Award’ which was nominated for by the RSPCA inspectorate to recognise those individuals in the public services who go above and beyond for animals. South Wales Fire and Rescue Service were recognised for the crucial role they play in supporting the RSPCA with frontline animal rescue work. Without access to their equipment, such as oxygen masks for pets and the assistance of their officers, many of the wide-ranging rescues – including sheep, cats, pigeons and gulls – would not be possible.
Chief Fire Officer, Huw Jakeway, QFSM, said: “As a Service our partnerships are vitally important to us and our collaboration with the RSPCA is a great example of this. The work we do keeping animals and their environments safe if a crucial part of us serving the wider communities of South Wales.”
RSPCA Cymru also presented an ‘Outstanding Achievement Award’ at last night’s award ceremony held at the Pierhead in Cardiff Bay. This award was nominated by RSPCA Cymru staff and was awarded to Cardiff Dogs Home. Theywere the first innovator winners when the CAWF awards launched in 2008 for their collaborative work with other organisations in providing microchipping and neutering for dogs – over 468 neutering operations took place and more than 800 dogs were microchipped for free. The dogs home have also worked their way through the award category from silver and gold, winning a number of times, with a second innovator award in 2013 for their development of a sensory garden for their stray dog kennels.
Sarah Brown, Group Leader at Cardiff Dogs Home, said: “The staff at Cardiff Dogs Home are thrilled to have received the Outstanding Achievement Award as part of the RSPCA CAWF awards. We have always been very supportive of the scheme since its launch in 2008 and have entered every year since. When we won the two Innovator Awards previously we were really pleased but to have won this is amazing! It’s great to get recognition for the work that is done towards improving the welfare of kennelled dogs.”
RSPCA Cymru’s public affairs manager, Paul Smith, said: “We were delighted that so many winners were able to attend the event, to congratulate them for all their hard work and dedication in improving animal welfare in their roles across Wales, and get the recognition that they deserve.
“We’d very much like to thank the Cabinet Secretary Lesley Griffiths for attending and for her speech, where she announced that there will be a new consultation on banning third party sales on puppies and kittens. We’re delighted that such progress for a key RSPCA campaign was announced at our event.
“The theme of the evening was ‘Together for Animal Welfare’ and with puppy breeding – working together is so important.
“We look forward to taking part in the consultation and working with the Welsh Government to ensure this becomes a reality. By ending third party sales – and in conjunction with Wales’ unique dog breeding laws – Wales can help end the illegal puppy and kitten trade and this cruel multi-million pound business.”
The CAWF award scheme is split into a number of categories – with entrants from Wales gaining recognition for their stray dog provision, animal activity licensing work, contingency planning and housing policies. There are bronze, silver and gold standards in each.
For 2018, more gold awards have been given out than ever before, with Cardiff Dogs Home (Cardiff Council), Newport City Council, Denbighshire County Council, Wrexham County Borough Council, Shared Regulatory Services and Conwy Council receiving gold in the stray dogs award category and Monmouthshire County Council receiving a gold in the contingency planning category.
A film entitled ‘Together for Animal Welfare’ which featured some of the partnerships and animal welfare practice across Wales was premiered at the event last night. This film can be viewed on RSPCA Cymru’s YouTube channel.
The awards criteria can be found at www.politicalanimal.cymru/cawf
The report – ‘Together for Animal Welfare’ – published on the night an be found here: http://politicalanimal.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/RSPCA-A5-Landscape-CAWF-Report-English-Welsh-1.pdf
Full list of award winners:
RSPCA Innovator for Wales Award -Pembrokeshire County Council
Special Recognition Award - South Wales Fire and Rescue Service
Outstanding achievement Award - Cardiff Dogs Home (Cardiff Council)
Stray dog award winners
Gold: Cardiff Dogs Home (Cardiff Council), Newport City Council, Denbighshire County Council, Wrexham County Borough Council, Shared Regulatory Services, Conwy County Borough Council
Silver: Pembrokeshire County Council
Bronze: Isle of Anglesey County Council
Licensing award winners
Silver: Shared Regulatory Services
Bronze: Denbighshire County Council, Pembrokeshire County Council
Housing award winners
Bronze: Merthyr Tydfil Housing Association, Merthyr Valleys Homes, Rhondda Housing Association, Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd, Clwyd Alyn Housing Association, Mid Wales Housing Association
Contingency planning award winners
Gold: Monmouthshire County Council
Bronze: City of Cardiff Council