RSPCA Cymru has today made fresh calls for action to stamp out problems in the ‘hidden’ sanctuary sector, amid fears pets, wildlife and farm animals may be suffering in silence behind closed doors.

Animal welfare establishments – commonly referred to as sanctuaries or rescues – are often invaluable resources for improving animal welfare; undertaking a hugely important function – but, without regulation, major problems can occur.

There are around 90 known animal welfare establishments¹ in Wales – but, in reality, … Continue reading…

08.09.14

Rosa the campaigning chicken ended her 39-day tour of the European Union (EU) yesterday (Monday, 8 September), finishing with a public event outside the European Parliament in Brussels.

For 39 days, from August 1, Tamsin French, a free-range chicken farmer’s daughter from Devon, UK and a team of campaigners, have been touring the European Union dressed as a six-foot chicken called ‘Rosa’.

Rosa has visited 21 EU countries calling for clear and compulsory welfare labelling of poultrymeat. She wants … Continue reading…

20.06.14

New polling of public, politicians and animal welfare experts highlights the need for the government to lead the way – and identifies the plight of research animals, breeding animals and those hunted for sport as top priorities.

This week we  hosted an animal welfare debate with leading animal welfarists and members of parliament at the site of our very first meeting back in 1824.

The panel was chaired by our head of public affairs and included:

29.08.13

The Charity Commission has today concluded that we are acting within our charitable purposes in conducting such campaigns as opposing the badger cull and the live export of animals for slaughter.

In its conclusion the Commission said:

“We are satisfied that it is reasonable for the RSPCA to decide that campaigning against the badger cull and live animal exports is justified in furtherance of their objectives”.

We have reconfirmed our publicly stated and long standing view, which is shared … Continue reading…