Animal rescue

Welsh Parliament votes to regulate animal rescue and placement centers

The Welsh parliament has backed the introduction of new regulations for animal rescue and placement centers following a vote in the Senedd.

As it was, anyone could create one, regardless of the skills or resources needed to care for the animals.

However, the Welsh parliament has called on the Welsh government to pass new regulations which will affect around 90 centers in Wales which are currently not tightly regulated.

A Senedd debate was led by Samuel Kurtz MS, curator for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, who reiterated the valuable contribution of rescue centers in Wales but highlighted the skills and experience needed to succeed in the race, who are not always quite there.

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Speaking at the debate, Natasha Asghar MS, MS Curator for South East Wales, said she recently visited the RSPCA’s Newport Animal Center, which spread the word.

Natasha said: “I would like to state that I recognize the invaluable work that sanctuaries often do to rehabilitate and relocate animals, but it is essential that basic training is provided and that the standards of all animal centers are etched into it. marble to ensure animal welfare. they are dealing with is of a decent standard.

Natasha Asghar MS, Conservative MS for South East Wales, spoke out in favor of regulating rescue centers

“The lack of protection that exists to protect animal welfare in these establishments, which can be put in place without inspection or legal requirements for strict welfare standards and contingency plans, is simply not acceptable. and cannot be sustainable. “

The RSPCA has filed 10 lawsuits in the past year over inadequate care at the sanctuaries.

David Bowles, RSPCA Public Affairs Officer, said: “It is great news that Senedd members are supporting the regulation of many animal welfare establishments in Wales – and that a commitment to action has been taken. also been included in the Welsh government animal welfare plan.

“So many sanctuaries do a fantastic job for animal welfare – but we know things can go wrong, so the regulations for them – and for other establishments – will provide essential safeguards for the public and for the animals. .

“Without any basic standard, well-being can be compromised and without any governance arrangements, institutions can become financially unsustainable.

“Unfortunately, the RSPCA has already had to intervene several times to save animals from sanctuaries in Wales over the past decade – so we know action is needed.” Basic standards already exist for rescues from dogs and cats – established by the rescue industry organization, the Association of Dog and Cat Homes.

“However, we also need to consider the final position of local authorities, who are responsible for enforcing a growing number of animal welfare laws.

“Any discussion of further regulation should take place when considering the financial situation of local authorities and the importance of consistent enforcement across all corners of Wales.

“It was great to work with Senedd members from all political backgrounds before this debate; at a critical time for animal welfare here in Wales. “

The RSPCA hopes to expand the new Welsh pet licensing regulations to cover more establishments and activities like cat breeding and canine behaviorists.

A Voluntary code of good practice already exists, created by the Animal Welfare Network for Wales, an independent council made up of organizations working to improve animal welfare standards across Wales.

It includes recommendations on training and personnel, administration, disease management, transportation and more.

The recognition of the Senedd calls on the Welsh government to rely on these blocks and to make the law of regulation.

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* An earlier version of this article mistakenly used the term Welsh government in the title. It was an opposition motion which was supported by the Senedd and which will call on the Welsh government to adopt new regulations.