RSPCA Cymru has welcomed news of a joint consultation from the UK and Welsh Governments which proposes to ban the live export of animals from England and Wales.

The RSPCA has been calling to stop live exports for more than 50 years – and have labelled the news as a “landmark” moment for animal welfare.

Last year, over 6,000 live animals were transported abroad from the UK directly to be slaughtered – though this has fallen rapidly from the nearly … Continue reading…

The use of wild animals in travelling circuses is now BANNED in Wales as of today (1 December) – following a successful campaign by the RSPCA.

Under the Wild Animals and Circuses (Wales) Act, it is now an offence for wild animals to be performed or exhibited in a travelling circus in Wales.

The RSPCA has campaigned for years for this ban to come into force in Wales – with the relevant powers to do this devolved some 14 years … Continue reading…

Wrexham County Borough Council has become North Wales’ first local authority to formally back RSPCA plans to mitigate the risks posed by fireworks to animals in the local area.

Councillors backed a host of measures on Wednesday (18 December) – which will help ensure pet owners in the local area can be prepared for the loud bangs associated with fireworks, while also promoting their responsible use, and raising awareness.

Wrexham’s action follows recent steps taken by Neath Port Talbot Council … Continue reading…

Councillors in Rhondda Cynon Taf have unanimously backed action that could mitigate the risks fireworks can pose to animals and their welfare.

RSPCA Cymru say the local authority has made a “hugely important statement”, as RCT becomes the second Council to act following Neath Port Talbot, on Wednesday 27 November.

Councillors supported RCT exploring ensuring all public firework displays in the area are advertised in advance of the event – allowing residents to take precautions for their animals.

Plans were … Continue reading…

School pupils from across Wales have swapped their classroom for the National Assembly for Wales’ Siambr Hywel – putting the topic of animal welfare under the spotlight.

Ysgol Plasmawr (Cardiff), Pembroke School (Pembrokeshire), Builth Wells High (Powys), Cardiff High (Cardiff), Ysgol Bryn Tawe (Swansea) and Ysgol Rhydywaun (Rhondda Cynon Taf) all took part in RSPCA Cymru’s annual ‘Great Debate’ event in Cardiff on Friday (22 June).

Schools had come through regional heats to reach the Siambr Hywel finale; the debate … Continue reading…