Dogs Trust collar Welsh Assembly Members on important issues
Dogs Trust visited the Welsh Assembly on Wednesday 19th October to discuss their Dog Manifesto for Wales and priority animal welfare issues with Assembly Members.
The animal welfare charity, which has 21 rehoming centres across the UK and Ireland, including one in Bridgend, cares for nearly 17,000 dogs each year and never puts a healthy dog down. In the last year Dogs Trust has rehomed more than 400 dogs in Wales alone.
Hosted by Andrew RT Davies, AM for South Wales Central and Leader of the Welsh Conservatives, Dogs Trust drew attention to its continuing concerns about the breeding and selling of dogs, as well as the use of aversive training devices such as spray, sonic and prong collars.
Dogs Trust's Head of Public Affairs, Claire Calder, explains:
"We were delighted to visit the Welsh Assembly yesterday to discuss our 2016 Dog Manifesto for Wales. It was a good opportunity to voice our worries about dog breeding practices and our preference for the Welsh Government to continue to take the lead on dog welfare by extending their ban on electronic shock collars to other aversive training devices.
"We are urging Assembly Members to support us in our calls for better enforcement of the Animal Welfare (Breeding of Dogs) (Wales) Regulations which came into force in 2015 as we strongly believe more needs to be done to ensure that this legislation works for the benefit of all dogs."
Andrew RT Davies AM said, "it was a pleasure to welcome Dogs Trust to the Assembly as they celebrate their 125th year. It is a fantastic organisation that does a lot of good work to help our four-legged friends.
"It goes without saying that as a nation, we love dogs, but that does not mean there aren't dogs who do not have homes and caring owners. Dogs Trust do a fantastic job to look after these dogs and work tirelessly to find them new homes.
"I visited their Bridgend base earlier this year and it was great to see their work in action, and it was an honour to sponsor their reception here in the Senedd. I wish the organisation well and have no doubt it will continue its good work in the future."
Dogs Trust was also delighted to be joined by the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural affairs, Lesley Griffiths AM, who spoke about her plans to improve animal welfare, as well as her desire to visit Dogs Trust's Rehoming Centre in Bridgend.
Cabinet Secretary Lesley Griffiths said:
"I was pleased to join the Dogs Trust for their visit to the Assembly. Animal welfare is a priority for us. As we approach the 10 year anniversary of the Animal Welfare Act, it is clear it has had a significant impact on companion animals - a strong reflection of the passion the people of Wales have for animal welfare. We will continue to work closely with partners such as Dogs Trust to build on this work and to raise awareness of the importance of responsible animal ownership."
Furthermore, the Dogs Trust Public Affairs team used the opportunity to discuss their efforts to improve the online advertising of pets for sale through its work chairing the Pet Advertising Advisory Group (PAAG) and the need for regulation to help tackle its use by unscrupulous individuals.