The RSPCA has welcomed confirmation from the Welsh Government that a ban on the commercial third party selling of puppies and kittens will be introduced before the end of the Welsh Parliamentary term.

Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, confirmed the news in a written statement to Members of the Senedd yesterday (5 October).

It follows a public consultation on the issue, which found that 98 percent of respondents backed a ban on third party selling in … Continue reading…

RSPCA Cymru has welcomed the Welsh Government’s publication of a voluntary code of practice aimed at sanctuary owners in Wales.

The document contains best practice guidance for the operators of animal welfare establishments – focussed both on the issue of animal care, but also of staff and volunteer management.

It was drafted by the Animal Welfare Network for Wales (AWNW) – the sector council for all animals in Wales. It comprises a coalition of organisations – including the RSPCA, who … Continue reading…

RSPCA Cymru has responded to more than 500 equine welfare incidents since Wales went into lockdown in March – with the charity warning that further economic downturn could lead to an impending horse welfare catastrophe.

The warning comes as the charity launches its month-long rehoming drive – Adoptober. An appeal has been launched to experienced horse owners across Wales to consider adding a rescue equine to their family, if they’re in a position to do so.

Across England and … Continue reading…

RSPCA Cymru is celebrating the success of a 14 year long campaign to see the use of wild animals in circuses banned in Wales.

Members of the Senedd tonight (15 July) voted unanimously – by 53 votes to zero – in favour of the Wild Animals and Circuses (Wales) Bill passing its final stage of legislative scrutiny in the Welsh Parliament.

The Bill will make it an offence to use wild animals in travelling circuses – through performance or exhibition. … Continue reading…

The RSPCA has welcomed news that – as the Covid-19 crisis begins to ease – the Welsh Government has started work on a new law which will end the third party sale of puppies and kittens. 

Lesley Griffiths MS, the Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, has confirmed that new legislation is now being worked up, which will be entitled the Animal Welfare (Licencing of Activities Involving Animals) (Wales) Regulations 2021.

The change in law would likely mean anybody … Continue reading…