RSPCA Cymru has cautiously welcomed the publication of a Welsh Government White Paper into a new Agriculture (Wales) Bill, urging Ministers to prioritise a new farm payments model which incentivises higher welfare standards on Wales’ farms.

White Paper was published today (16 December) – and outlines planned changes to farming and farm support in Wales following the UK’s decision to leave the European Union and the upcoming conclusion of the Transition Period at the end of the year.

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RSPCA Cymru has urged the Welsh Government to ensure animal welfare doesn’t “fall behind” in Wales – as proposals come forward in England to ban the keeping of primates as pets.

The UK Government on Saturday (12 December) launched an eight-week consultation into banning the keeping of primates as pets in England.

RSPCA Cymru has long opposed the practice – believing that meeting the needs of monkeys is essentially impossible to do in a household, domestic environment.

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A North Wales local authority has become the sixth council in Wales to pass an RSPCA-backed motion aiming to mitigate the risks posed by fireworks to animals.

Gwynedd Council debated the motion on Thursday (3 December) – including support for advertising public displays in advance, a public awareness campaign, and urging local suppliers to stock less noisy fireworks. The local authority’s Communities Scrutiny Committee will now consider what steps the local authority will take next to implement these measures.

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RSPCA Cymru has welcomed news of a joint consultation from the UK and Welsh Governments which proposes to ban the live export of animals from England and Wales.

The RSPCA has been calling to stop live exports for more than 50 years – and have labelled the news as a “landmark” moment for animal welfare.

Last year, over 6,000 live animals were transported abroad from the UK directly to be slaughtered – though this has fallen rapidly from the nearly … Continue reading…

The use of wild animals in travelling circuses is now BANNED in Wales as of today (1 December) – following a successful campaign by the RSPCA.

Under the Wild Animals and Circuses (Wales) Act, it is now an offence for wild animals to be performed or exhibited in a travelling circus in Wales.

The RSPCA has campaigned for years for this ban to come into force in Wales – with the relevant powers to do this devolved some 14 years … Continue reading…