RSPCA Cymru has welcomed news that the Welsh Government is working to increase the maximum prison sentence which can be handed down to those convicted of animal cruelty.

The Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths has announced that officials from Wales will be working with the UK Government, which has today submitted a draft animal welfare bill for the consideration of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Select Committee.

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Wales must not “fall behind” on wild animal welfare, as the Republic of Ireland becomes the latest country to outlaw the use of wild animals in circuses.

RSPCA Cymru has urged the Welsh Government to deliver an immediate end to the practice, stating there is “no excuse” for wild animals to still be touring the country in a hugely inappropriate circus environment.

Calls follow the Republic of Ireland’s Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., signing regulations … Continue reading…

The Welsh Government must increase the maximum sentences which can be handed down to those convicted for animal cruelty, or risk treating animal cruelty as a far less serious offence, compared to neighbouring England.

RSPCA has long campaigned for an increase to the maximum sentence available for those convicted of animal abuse. A recent announcement by the UK Government confirmed that an increase – from six months imprisonment, to five years – would be made.

The charity has now learned … Continue reading…

Moves to protect animals in settings like falconry displays, mobile petting zoos and Christmas reindeer events have been backed by RSPCA Cymru.

The charity is urging the Welsh Government to proceed with new regulations, which would mean so-called Mobile Animal Exhibits (MAEs) would require a licence to operate, or need to formally register.

Plans are subject to a Welsh Government consultation – which would pave the way for MAEs needing to comply with key animal welfare standards – something warmly … Continue reading…

A man who was caught illegally smuggling puppies via Holyhead has been handed a suspended prison sentence.

Ben James Illidge (d.o.b 22/12/1983), of Wilson Crescent, Northwich, was sentenced at Caernarfon Magistrates’ Court today (Thursday 13 July), having previously pleaded guilty to a series of charges.

Illidge was caught – in November 2016 – seeking to smuggle 35 puppies through Holyhead Port in hugely inappropriate conditions. He was identified as part of Operation Delphin, a multi-agency operation tackling the scourge of … Continue reading…