To use the influence of experts and politicians to raise
the welfare of animals nationally and internationally.
To use the influence of experts and politicians to raise the welfare of animals nationally and internationally.
| 2017 Parliamentary Strategy
APGAW takes a One Welfare approach and places it in the context of the Group’s work. It aims to pick up on a range of issues of interest to both politicians and associate members. These ‘key issues’ will cover the work of APGAW until the end of this Parliament, however they will be reviewed regularly and amended as necessary. APGAW will also hold additional meetings on topic subjects if, and when, they are needed.
The proposed overarching work-streams for APGAW for 2017-2020
Reduction in animal and human abuse
- i) To increase sentencing for animal cruelty and to help to improve multidisciplinary approaches for dealing with poor animal welfare and its wider impacts (including for example, restorative justice and offender registers). Domestic Violence & Abuse Bill in Queen’s Speech.
- ii) To consider ways of improving enforcement of animal welfare working with the police, charities and local authorities.
Improved animal welfare and social aspects/More efficient multidisciplinary approaches
- i) To encourage more responsible pet ownership – (including through implementation of England-wide dog strategy which covers breeding, dealing and selling, consistent education, veterinary support, public education around choosing and keeping of pets including exotics etc).
Improved animal welfare – addressing poverty and local community support/Mutual rescue, improved life chances
- i) To develop and promote the benefit of pets on wider issues (for example, adult social services, learning disabilities, health and fitness, general well-being)
Improved animal welfare and food safety/Improved animal and farmer welfare, improved farming productivity/Improved animal welfare and improved food security and sustainability.
- i) To consider issues around humane slaughter, endemic diseases (e.g. lameness, mastitis), live transportation, CCTV in abattoirs, Brexit trade issues, improved consumer information/empowerment through labelling etc
Improved biodiversity conservation, environmental aspects and human wellbeing.
- i) To promote the benefits of working to support British farmers to support conservation and wildlife.
- ii) To support work to protect endangered species and the trade in illegal wildlife goods
Current work-streams for 2017-18 session
Where appropriate work-streams may carry on into 2018-19, although it is anticipated that new work-streams may be added to replace completed ones. We are currently working on the following issues:
> Reducing livestock worrying and encouraging responsible dog ownership.
> Farm animal welfare post Brexit – e.g. ending live transport, CCTV in abattoirs, meat labelling .
> Increasing sentencing for animal cruelty
| News from APGAW
At the APGAW annual meeting on Dog Welfare, MPs decided to re-form the Dog Sub-Group as they wish to see it taking forward the recommendations set out in the 2015 Dog Strategy.read more
APGAW welcomes the commitment of the EFRA Committee to animal welfare and hopes that the report will raise the profile of a range of issues in Parliament.read more
The work of Mission Rabies was brought to our attention in the summer of 2016 by APGAW member, Clarissa Baldwin and it captured our attention owing to its great potential to improve life for animals and children.read more
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