The Welsh Government cabinet secretary responsible for animal welfare swapped her spot at the cabinet table for the passenger seat of an RSPCA inspectorate van yesterday (Thursday February 8).

Lesley Griffiths AM, the Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs, joined RSPCA inspector Kia Thomas on calls across North East Wales.

A number of calls were dealt with across the region – including giving advice to a horse owner about the environment their animal was being kept in, an … Continue reading…


We’ve joined forces with Born Free Foundation, British Veterinary Association and Captive Animals’ Protection Society to condemn the government on halting its own wild animals in circuses Bill.

In 2012, the Westminster Government announced it would finally grant wild animals in circuses in England their long overdue ban. Two and a half years later it appears that the government has turned its back on those animals.

Despite it’s Second Reading in Parliament on Friday (17 October) Jim Fitzpatrick MP’s … Continue reading…


As the number of scientific procedures using animals rises again, we challenge the justification for animal use.

Today (Thursday, 10 July), the government announced that the number of scientific procedures carried out on animals in the UK rose once again (by 0.3 per cent, or 11,600 procedures) during 2013 and now stands at 4.12 million.

In total, there were 4.02 million animals used for the first time during 2013 – a slight fall from the 2012 figure (note: animals … Continue reading…


Seven out of ten British people want farm animals to be slaughtered in their country of origin. 

New research shows that 66 per cent of the British public are ‘appalled’ that live farm animals are transported long distances to the continent for slaughter. Around seven out of ten (69 per cent) people believe animals should be slaughtered in the country where they have been reared. Then their meat transported to the country where it will be sold.

Today, we, … Continue reading…


We have vowed to carry on pushing for a ban on keeping primates as pets after a UK government Select Committee ruled legislation could be considered in the future.  

A report by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee has recommended that the UK government must establish how many primates, and of what type, are kept and traded as pets in England and take a number of steps to improve their welfare in the meantime.

Dr Ros Clubb, … Continue reading…