October 4th is World Animal Day and I was pleased to meet with representatives from the RSPCA, Greyhound Rescue Wales, and Hope Rescue at the Pierhead to learn about their important work and how we can all support them.
All three organisations are dedicated to helping animals in need, and provide vital services to their communities.
The RSPCA is the UK’s leading animal welfare charity, and they work to prevent cruelty to animals and to promote their welfare.
Greyhound Rescue Wales is a specialist rescue centre for greyhounds and lurchers, and they provide a safe haven for these dogs until they can find loving homes.
Hope Rescue is a rescue centre for all breeds of dogs, and they work to find homes for dogs that have been abandoned, surrendered, or rescued.
All do such important work to support animals and I’m proud to say that I am part of Welsh Government that also prioritises animal welfare – not just in words, but also in actions and legislative measures.
Some examples of the steps we’ve taken to ensure the protection and rights of animals:
- Banning the use of wild animals in circuses: We took decisive action to prohibit this outdated practice, aligning Wales with the highest standards of animal ethics.
- Microchipping of dogs: We’ve mandated the microchipping of all dogs. This not only helps in reuniting lost dogs with their families but also aids in tracking and preventing animal cruelty.
- The introduction of Lucy’s Law: This legislation bans the third-party sale of puppies and kittens – an essential step to combat the horrors of puppy farming and to ensure that young animals are born and reared in a safe, caring environment.
- Enhanced regulation of animal boarding establishments: With this, we’ve ensured that all establishments taking care of animals, even for a short duration, meet stringent care standards, guaranteeing the safety and well-being of the pets entrusted to them.
- Banning Snares – Animals caught in snares can suffer from deep cuts, broken bones, and even strangulation. Our ban will prevent these unnecessary harms.
Through these measures and more, the Welsh Labour government has showcased its dedication to creating a Wales where animals are respected, protected, and valued.
Our thanks to all the animal heroes out there for their unwavering dedication! Please take the time to learn more about your local animal welfare organisations and consider supporting them!