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.

Councils have been urged to take a lead on the issue – and ban … Continue reading…

The Welsh Government has been urged to ban “torturous, cruel” glue traps in Wales and not risk the nation’s animal welfare standards “falling behind” England – as the UK Government gives its support to a Private Members Bill.

Calls come after Wolverhampton North East MP Jane Stevenson proposed a Private Member’s Bill – the Glue Traps (Offences) Bill – which would ban the use of these traps in England. The Bill has the backing of the UK Government.

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This Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June), RSPCA Cymru and the RSPCA Gwent Branch are celebrating a joint initiative which has seen a number of new volunteers collecting and transporting wild animals in need from the Gwent area.

Wildlife casualty volunteers (WCVs) support RSPCA officers with their frontline rescue work – collecting sick, injured or orphaned birds and small mammals, and transporting them to wildlife centres, rehabilitators and vets.

A project was launched to recruit new WCVs from within the Gwent Branch’s … Continue reading…

RSPCA Newport Animal Centre is appealing for cat fosterers to support the development of felines in their care.

A home environment is “very beneficial” for a cat’s welfare – and the RSPCA has many cats who cannot yet be rehomed and would benefit from time with a foster carer instead.

Fosterers play a vital role in looking after cats in the care of the RSPCA until they can be rehomed.

Young kittens, or pregnant cats, may need to wait some … Continue reading…

RSPCA Cymru has welcomed the Welsh Government’s opposition to any free trade agreement (FTA) between the United Kingdom and Australia undermining the nation’s animal welfare standards.

On Tuesday (18 May), the Welsh Government’s economy minister Vaughan Gething, and rural affairs minister Lesley Griffiths both warned against any upcoming FTA creating an unlevel playing field, or compromising Wales’ animal health and welfare standards.

The intervention from the Welsh Government ministers follows media reports which suggest the UK Government and Australia could … Continue reading…