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.
| 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.
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
| News from APGAW
APGAW works in a strategic manner by raising animal welfare issues with Parliamentarians, engaging key experts and devising solutions which we see through to implementation. Over the past 2 years we have worked on livestock worrying and are currently seeing updated...read more
APGAW is pleased to announce the launch of the first Good Practice Code for Rabbit Welfare to mark the start of Rabbit Awareness Week 2021. For a long time we have been aware that as one of the most owned pets in the UK, rabbits often suffer from some welfare issues...read more
Small Abattoirs In 2020 APGAW published its report on small abattoirs which we believe can support the Government's objective to reduce live transport. We started 2021 by launching the Small Abattoir Sector Group (ASG) with the core members including Rare Breed...read more
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