Responding to the announcement from the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths AM, concerning Bovine Tb, a spokesperson for RSPCA Cymru said: 

“Bovine Tb is a devastating disease for many animals, which can have a massive impact on Wales’ farming community. RSPCA Cymru remains steadfast in its commitment to working with stakeholders to support eradication, which must be the priority.

“We welcome the Welsh Government’s decision to not pursue an England-style cull of badgers, which has been … Continue reading…

RSPCA Cymru is urging the Welsh Government not to adopt measures which could result in badgers being killed unnecessarily, as efforts to tackle bovine TB in Wales continue.

The charity has largely welcomed the Welsh Government’s new plans, which are primarily cattle-based – and rule out a cull of badgers like the one being pursued in parts of England.

However, as part of a refreshed approach to eradicate the disease, there are concerns the Welsh Government are considering alternative ways … 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…

16.04.14

On Tuesday 15 April Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) voted to strengthen two proposed European laws, which will have an impact on the lives millions of animals.

The European Commission published the two bills last year – a proposed Animal Health Law, and a new Regulation on Official Controls. Together they aim to provide a modern, simple and risk-based approach to the protection of animal and human health.

However we believed the bills did not go far enough … Continue reading…

03.04.14

We are relieved DEFRA has decided against rolling out the badger cull to further counties after they backed down on plans to licence more culls in other parts of the British countryside.

Following pilot culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire we feared large areas of land in Dorset, Devon, Cornwall, East Sussex, Worcestershire, Shropshire, Cheshire, Wiltshire and Herefordshire would be included in future culling operations.

Reports that the Independent Expert Panel found the culls to be ineffective and inhumane add … Continue reading…