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.

Influencing Change
Through Politics

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

| Welcome to APGAW

Welcome to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare, your link to Parliament on animal welfare issues.

What is APGAW

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare (APGAW) was created to develop policy on any issue relating to animals with the aim of obtaining legislation to improve welfare standards. The Group holds regular roundtable meetings in Parliament providing an opportunity for those with a common interest in animal welfare to meet and debate their views as well as running focused inquiries into topical issues with subsequent reports to Government.

APGAW has around 120 Members of Parliament supporting the Group and has a strong reputation in Parliament for delivering sound, evidenced based work. It is co-chaired by a very well renowned veterinary professor, Lord Trees, and Tracey Crouch MP alongside officers who are cross-party politicians including members who sit on the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs Select Committee and ex DEFRA ministers as well as Members who have been very high profile in their support for animal welfare.

APGAW is managed by Marisa Heath who has over 15-years experience in policy formation, report writing and organising meetings. She has written Government guidance, led inquiries and chaired high profile roundtables. She also runs the Canine & Feline Sector Group and the Local Government Animal Welfare Group.

Past Work

The key issues which the Group is working on are as follows:

  • The need for effective enforcement of animal welfare legislation– what would make it better and how can the resources be found to make it more of a priority.
  • Humane slaughter, higher welfare standards for farmed animals, meat labelling and non-stun slaughter.
  • Animal Welfare Education both on food production and pet welfare.
  • The Dog Strategy which is working its way through 21 recommendations to improve dog welfare.
  • International animal welfare campaigns including stopping the illegal trade in wildlife, the dog meat trade, animal tourism and whaling.
  • Reducing the use of animals in science, with a focus on ending second species testing and severe suffering.

APGAW has published a number of reports including The Dog Strategy, Pedigree Dog Health, the Greyhound report, Tackling Livestock Worrying, the Equine Crisis and Provision of Small Abattoirs.

APGAW aims to be transparent in how it operates. The group publishes financial records annually and you can have a look at this here. The Group is funded by a number of organisations including the RSPCA, PfMA and Advisory Board Members. The secretariat works for the political officers of the group and takes direction from them on the areas in which the Group will focus and the positions it establishes.

Please do get in contact if you have any questions about the group.

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Members of APGAW can login in here to access further information relating to on-going work

 

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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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