RSPCA Cymru has given a warm welcome to a new Welsh Government announcement which could lead to “significant progress” in enhancing animal welfare standards across the country.

In a wide-ranging statement, Lesley Griffiths, the Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs this afternoon (June 19) outlined her future plans for companion animal welfare in the National Assembly for Wales.

The Welsh Government confirmed it will work the Animal Welfare Network for Wales to explore whether the introduction of Codes … Continue reading…

People across Wales have been urged to vote with their feet and steer clear of separate circus shows currently travelling the country with performing wild animals in tow.

RSPCA Cymru has long led the campaign to see the use of wild animals in circuses outlawed in Wales – and celebrated success recently when the Welsh Government announced it is exploring legislative options to introduce a ban.

However, the practice presently remains legal in Wales – and two circuses featuring a … Continue reading…

The Welsh Government cabinet secretary responsible for animal welfare swapped her spot at the cabinet table for the passenger seat of an RSPCA inspectorate van yesterday (Thursday February 8).

Lesley Griffiths AM, the Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs, joined RSPCA inspector Kia Thomas on calls across North East Wales.

A number of calls were dealt with across the region – including giving advice to a horse owner about the environment their animal was being kept in, an … Continue reading…

A tiny beagle – saved from a failed smuggling attempt via Holyhead Port – is the star of a new report lifting the lid on the “horrifying” conditions the illegal puppy trade can subject animals to.

Hugo was one of 96 puppies rescued by RSPCA Cymru, and other bodies, as part of a multi-agency operation at the North Wales port in November 2016.

The new digital, interactive report – which contains new footage, photographs and testimonies – tells the story … Continue reading…

RSPCA Cymru has welcomed the Welsh Government’s decision to bring forward a licensing scheme for travelling animal shows – also known as mobile animal exhibits (MAEs) – but insist new rules must ensure an end to the use of wild animals in circuses across the country.

Falconry displays, mobile petting zoos and Christmas reindeer events are all set to be impacted by the new rules – and RSPCA Cymru hopes licensing will mean adherence to key animal welfare standards is … Continue reading…