Schools across Wales have been invited by the RSPCA to sign up to a special animal-themed debating competition in 2019 – the Great Debate.

The competition brings together pupils aged 11 to 14 to discuss and debate a host of ethical animal welfare topics – nurturing key skills in research, deliberation and communication.

RSPCA staff hope the debates will inspire school pupils to research, explore and discuss animal welfare; and learn key lessons in citizenship.

The sign-up window is now … Continue reading…

RSPCA Cymru is excited by the prospect of a “positive few years” for animal welfare, as the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths delivers an update to the National Assembly for Wales on her plans for the sector.

The Cabinet Secretary today (13 November) updated Assembly Members on the Welsh Government’s plans for animal welfare – including on proposals to potentially ban third party puppy and kitten sales, the importance of Wales being a “free-range nation” and CCTV in … Continue reading…

RSPCA Cymru has welcomed the launch of revised Codes of Practices for equines and dogs.

The codes – which have been launched by the Welsh Government – were re-drafted by members of The Animal Welfare Network for Wales (AWNW) – the sector council for animals in Wales since 2006 – which the RSPCA is the founding member of.

Under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, the Welsh Government can publish a range of codes relating to animal welfare to ensure that … Continue reading…

Get your tickets now for a special Christmas concert in Caldicot!

RSPCA Gwent Branch is holding a festive evening full of fun and laughs at the Choir Hall in Caldicot on Saturday 8 December. Compere for the festive evening will be Radio Wales’ Chris Needs and music will be provided by the Severn Tunnel Brass Band, and guitarist Chris Moreton.

The evening, which will include a raffle, Christmas carols and Welsh humour, will run from 7pm to 9.30pm. The bar … Continue reading…

An injured swan has been helped by the RSPCA, following a dramatic port rescue in Barry.

The animal welfare charity was contacted by Associated British Ports’ Barry Marine team, after the swan was spotted in the dock at Atlantic Way, with fishing lure attached to the wing.

Staff working on the ‘Peter the Great Boat’ at the port had been monitoring the troubled swan for some while.

The bird had been visiting the engine-less boat – which was dredging in … Continue reading…