Eight out of ten people in England support animal welfare being protected by law – as the RSPCA’s new Animal Kindness Index emphasises the importance of further UK Government action for animals.

The RSPCA have teamed up with the Scottish SPCA to launch the landmark new Index – based on a YouGov survey of more than 4,000 UK adults* – giving a snapshot of the country’s attitudes towards animal welfare.

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The RSPCA has welcomed plans from the UK Government to pass a law banning blanket bans on the keeping of pets in private rented accommodation in England.

In proposals contained within a new White Paper, A Fairer Private Rented Sector, the UK Government commits to legislation “to ensure landlords do not unreasonably withhold consent when a tenant requests to have a pet in their home, with the tenant able to challenge a decision”.

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The RSPCA has teamed up with the chair of the Senedd’s new Cross Party Group on Animal Welfare to urge the Welsh Government to formally recognise and consider animal sentience in Welsh law. 

Calls come after the UK Government’s Animal Welfare (Sentience) Act 2022 recently received Royal Assent; creating a landmark new Animal Sentience Committee (ASC) which will consider the effect of all UK Government policy on the welfare of animals in the near future.

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Restrictions on the keeping of primates as pets in Wales are now “closer than ever” – much to the delight of the RSPCA.  

It is estimated that around 120 monkeys are currently being kept as pets across the nation and RSPCA Cymru has long called for a ban. The charity has welcomed news that new conditions in the UK Government’s Kept Animals Bill, which will ban the keeping of pet monkeys except under licence, are now set to apply to … Continue reading…

The RSPCA is calling for the giving of pets as prizes to be banned – and is urging local authorities across England and Wales to act to protect “misunderstood” goldfish.

As coronavirus restrictions continue to ease across England and Wales, the RSPCA fears that the “out-dated and cruel” spectre of pets being given away as prizes will return to fairgrounds as events resume in greater numbers.

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