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.

| APGAW Management

Marisa Heath

APGAW is funded by three sources; the RSPCA are the main sponsor, the Petfood Manufacturing Association are the second key sponsor and then other organisations such as British Veterinary Association, Cats Protection, IFAW, CIWF and many others all pay an annual membership fee each year which goes towards the running of the Group.

Whilst APGAW is sponsored by these organisations, it is run independently of them by the political officers who are elected each year. APGAW sets its agenda and decides its priorities through the MPs and Lords who run it. The same MPs and Lords decide the position of the Group on the different issues and will listen to all stakeholders equally. APGAW makes a point of inviting a wide range of stakeholders to its meetings to hear different views.

APGAW publishes full financial records for the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards which are recorded on the Parliamentary website. You can also find a short overview of income and expenditure here

Marisa Heath is responsible for writing the APGAW strategy, drafting reports, running inquiries, and producing letters supported by the officers to Government departments and articles. She also keeps members updated on issues, deals with membership and organises all meetings and events as well as working alongside MPs and Lords to further their interest in animal welfare in Parliament.

Marisa has over fifteen years experience working in local and national Government and has an extensive knowledge of parliamentary process and campaigning having worked in the House of Commons since 2005. She is aware of the myriad of issues relating to the work of associate members and assists them to further their cause within parliament if appropriate.

Further information on this can be found on the Parliamentary webpage:


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| News from APGAW

Abattoir Provision Inquiry 2019

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare (APGAW) is seeking to assess whether the reduction in numbers of small and medium sized abattoirs in the UK has negatively impacted animal welfare. The Group intends to carry out a small inquiry involving cross...

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APGAW Progress Report 2019

  NB: This is not the APGAW annual workplan. It is an overview of issues which APGAW has worked on and keeps on its rolling agenda of issues to watch for Government progression. All issues listed below are those that has had some form of Government action.  ...

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APGAW welcomes new licensing regulations

The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 come into force today The myriad of licensing systems that local authorities use to regulate businesses which deal with animals, or animal activities, have been in place for over...

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