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…

Six schools have shone the spotlight on who has responsibility for animal welfare, in the landmark setting of the old National Assembly for Wales debating chamber.

Llantwit Major Comprehensive, St Richard Gwyn RC High (Barry), Builth Wells High, Cardiff High, Cardinal Newman RC (Rhydyfelin), and Lewis School Pengam all took part in RSPCA Cymru’s annual ‘Great Debate’ event, on Friday 23 June.

The Siambr Hywel debate focuses on six groups who all have a role in promoting and protecting the … Continue reading…

Responding to the announcement from the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths AM, concerning Bovine Tb, a spokesperson for RSPCA Cymru said: 

“Bovine Tb is a devastating disease for many animals, which can have a massive impact on Wales’ farming community. RSPCA Cymru remains steadfast in its commitment to working with stakeholders to support eradication, which must be the priority.

“We welcome the Welsh Government’s decision to not pursue an England-style cull of badgers, which has been … Continue reading…