A five-year plan which outlines steps towards achieving the ambition of ensuring a good quality of life for all animals in Cymru will be published today by the Rural Affairs Minister Lesley Griffiths.
Our Animal Welfare Plan for Wales builds on what has already been achieved since the devolution of animal welfare powers in 2006.
It outlines how the Welsh Government will take forward its animal welfare commitments in its Programme for Government, and other measures to further improve animal welfare.
The plan also includes a broad range of ongoing animal welfare policy work, including statutory guidance for existing regulations, licensing of animal exhibits, welfare of animals in transport, and Codes of Practice. Finally, it describes how the Welsh Government will work collaboratively with the other UK governments to further the animal welfare agenda, for example through the forthcoming Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill.
The Programme for Government commitments captured in the plan are:
To develop a national model for the regulation of animal welfare, introducing registration for animal welfare establishments, commercial breeders for pets or for shooting, and animal exhibits;
To Improve the qualifications for animal welfare inspectors to raise their professional status;
To require CCTV in all slaughterhouses;
To restrict the use of cages for farmed animals.
To mark the publication, the Minister will visit Greenmeadow Community Farm near Cwmbrân.
Minister for Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths said: “I’m very proud of what has already been achieved in Wales in animal welfare. But there is more to do. Our long-term ambition is for every animal in Wales to have a good quality of life. Today’s plan outlines steps towards achieving that ambition.
“We will work with all partners to take forward our commitments. This includes further boosting protection for pets by looking at registration of animal welfare establishments, enhancing the much-valued animal welfare inspection profession through improved qualifications, and looking at how we can minimise the use of cages for farmed animals.
“I’m also pleased to confirm that we will be requiring all slaughterhouses in Wales to have CCTV – while the vast majority already do we will ensure this is the case for all.
“Achieving a good quality of life for all animals is ambitious, but that is what we must aim for.”