A “groundswell of opinion” supports ending the use of wild animals in circuses in Wales, as 97% of respondents to a Welsh Government consultation back long-standing RSPCA calls for a legislative ban.

RSPCA Cymru has long led the campaign to ban the use of wild animals in circuses – and has labelled this latest development another “positive step” towards outlawing this practice.

The Welsh Government has today (30 January) announced that more than 6,500 responded to the consultation, with 97% … Continue reading…

RSPCA Cymru has rescued two ferrets, found running loose at Aberthaw Nature Reserve in South Wales.

The ferrets – one male and one female – are not microchipped, and the RSPCA has launched an appeal for information in the hope of tracking down the owner.

An RSPCA officer was alerted after the ferrets were spotted on Wednesday (9 January).

Inspector Gemma Black was able to rescue the ferrets – who were transferred to the charity’s Merthyr-based clinic for health check, … Continue reading…

Commenting on a Welsh Government announcement, from the Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths, that £5million has been made available via the Rural Development Programme to help sheep scab in Wales, RSPCA farm animal specialist John Avizienius said:

“Sheep scab can cause sheep severe discomfort and distress – and lead to further problems if not identified and dealt with quickly.

“This £5million investment from the Welsh Government – via the Rural Development Programme – is hugely … Continue reading…

An RSPCA appeal has been launched after an emaciated, unwell veteran male dog was found straying in the village of Sutton in Haverfordwest.

The animal welfare charity was alerted after the unneutered  black and tan terrier was found by a member of the public, and taken to a local veterinary practice earlier today (18 December).

Veterinary inspection found a raft of issues with the poor dog – including emaciation, severe halitosis, a swollen face and a large infected mass occupying … Continue reading…

The future of 137 animals has been safeguarded, after RSPCA Cymru took part in a multi-agency operation at a North Wales animal sanctuary on Tuesday (27 November), which saw a “Noah’s Ark” of animals removed from the site.

Pet, farm, exotic and wild animals were all taken from Capricorn Animal Rescue, in Padeswood, near Mold.

The intervention follows a Charity Commission statutory inquiry into Capricorn, following continued concerns about the sustainability and management of the charity.

Guy Hollander of Mazars … Continue reading…