RSPCA Cymru has decreed today (Wednesday 14 February) as a “momentous day for animals” as the Welsh Government confirms its plan to bring forward legislation to ban the use of wild animals in circuses.

The animal welfare charity has led the campaign on this issue for some two decades – with over 9,000 signing an RSPCA petition urging action.

Polling, too, has consistently demonstrated a clear will for action – with 74% of people within Wales supporting a ban on … Continue reading…

Wales must not “fall behind” on wild animal welfare, as the Republic of Ireland becomes the latest country to outlaw the use of wild animals in circuses.

RSPCA Cymru has urged the Welsh Government to deliver an immediate end to the practice, stating there is “no excuse” for wild animals to still be touring the country in a hugely inappropriate circus environment.

Calls follow the Republic of Ireland’s Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., signing regulations … Continue reading…

Members of the public have “just days remaining” to urge the Welsh Government to bring forward new rules to protect animals in travelling shows.

A consultation considering whether to bring forward new regulations to protect animals in settings like falconry displays, mobile petting zoos and Christmas reindeer shows comes to a close on Sunday (October 8).

Members of the public can have their say, and respond to the Welsh Government’s consultation, via the RSPCA’s website.

Plans could see the … Continue reading…

Moves to protect animals in settings like falconry displays, mobile petting zoos and Christmas reindeer events have been backed by RSPCA Cymru.

The charity is urging the Welsh Government to proceed with new regulations, which would mean so-called Mobile Animal Exhibits (MAEs) would require a licence to operate, or need to formally register.

Plans are subject to a Welsh Government consultation – which would pave the way for MAEs needing to comply with key animal welfare standards – something warmly … Continue reading…

Only a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses can properly protect against welfare problems, say RSPCA Cymru.

The Welsh Government has announced the launch of a consultation in the New Year on a series of new proposals – including the introduction of a licensing scheme for circuses.

Regular transport, cramped housing, forced training and loud noises often prove an unavoidable reality for wild animals based within a circus setting. As such, RSPCA Cymru believes the only acceptable … Continue reading…