Influencing Change
Through Politics

To use the influence of experts and politicians to raise
the welfare of animals nationally and internationally.

Influencing Change
Through Politics

To use the influence of experts and politicians to raise the welfare of animals nationally and internationally.

| DEFRA

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), is the Government body responsible for animal health and welfare. Defra’s policy is created by the Ministers appointed by the Prime Minister who each hold different portfolios of responsibility.

The Secretary of State, George Eustice MP, has overall responsibility for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Lord Zac Goldsmith is the Minister with responsibility for animal welfare

Lord Gardiner is the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State with responsibility for animal health and biosecurity.

Victoria Prentice M is the Minister responsible for farming including Agriculture Bill, Environmental Land Management, the Common Agricultural Policy and pesticides

Rebecca Pow MP is Under-Secretary of State for domestic natural environment including biodiversity, marine, net gain, wildlife, pollinators

You can contact Defra by writing to: Customer Contact Unit, Area 3B, Nobel House, 17 Smith Square, London, SW1P 3JR or email defra.helpline@defra.gsi.gov.uk

Defra’s work is scrutinised by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee comprised of cross-party MPs and chaired by Neil Parish MP, the former chairman of APGAW from 2010-15.

 

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Pedigree Dog Health Update

Pedigree Dog Health Update

In 2009 APGAW ran an enquiry into pedigree dog health and published this report: A Healthier Future for Pedigree Dogs Later this year we intend to pick up on this work again as we recognise whilst there have been some improvements in health testing and conformation...

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APGAW Publishes Report on Welfare Enforcement

APGAW Publishes Report on Welfare Enforcement

Animal welfare faces a "deepening crisis" if action isn't taken to improve local enforcement according to new report. A new report published today by APGAW reveals that almost a half of councils in England do not have a single Animal Welfare Officer in place dedicated...

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Animal Welfare Enforcement

Animal Welfare Enforcement

Over the last 4 years we have seen significant changes to animal welfare legislation including the Licensing of Animal Activities 2018 and a ban on third party selling of puppies and kittens. There is new legislation coming through in the Kept Animals Bill which curb...

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