Wales and Cruel Sports
The Overview: the legislative framework in Wales includes the Animal Welfare Act 2006 which gives the Welsh Government powers in relation to domestic animal welfare. In addition, the Government of Wales Act 2006 gives the Welsh Government responsibility for a range of matters, including animal health and the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora.
In the area of animal welfare, as in others, the Welsh Government has shown that it is willing to take different decisions to the UK Government, for example, by choosing badger vaccination as its response to the issue of bovine TB, instead of a cull of badgers as was decided by Westminster. With the next elections to the National Assembly for Wales due in 2016, our current work in Wales is focused on:
- Highlighting the animal suffering caused by snares and calling for a ban on their use
- Exposing the cruel reality of the shooting industry and campaigning for for an end to the battery farming of game birds, and
- Keeping cruelty history by securing ongoing political and public support for the Hunting Act 2004.