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.

| Wild Animals

Animals in their natural state that have not been domesticated are considered ‘wild’. This includes non-domestic animals in captivity, whether kept as pets or for other reasons including entertainment, and those living free in the environment. This means elephants and lions kept in zoos or circuses and badgers, foxes and birds are all considered wild animals.

Key Issues

There are a number of issues of concern ranging from use of wild animals in circuses to hunting which fall under this remit.  APGAW has had the Born Free Foundation, ADI and Captive Animals Protection Society speak at meetings against the use of wild animals in circuses which led to a subsequent ban after a long campaign.

Additionally, there are some concerns with reptiles, amphibians, exotic birds and mammals being kept as pets. Unfortunately, many exotic animals are bought or acquired by people who do not have specialist knowledge about the environment, diet, lighting and humidity that these animals need. APGAW is working with members like the Companion Animal Sector Council and RSPCA to seek to find ways of improving welfare through education and better awareness. 

APGAW is opposed to the use of snares and will continue to push for a ban on their use. We work to protect our wildlife seeking opportunities through wider policy work to drive biodiversity and conservation measures

APGAW is opposed to the illegal ivory trade and its political members often speak out against this and other hunting of endangered wild animals

 

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| News from APGAW

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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