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.

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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. Currently Lord Trees and Tracey Crouch MP are the lead members. 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 and inquiry reports, facilitating the inquiries, and producing letters to Government departments raising awareness and solutions to animal welfare issues. She also writes Parliamentary briefings and any media articles. She works closely with the co-chairs of the Group and also keeps wider members updated on issues and organises all meetings and events in Parliament. Marisa works on a part-time basis.

Further information on this can be found on the Parliamentary webpage: www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/standards-and-financial-interests/parliamentary-commissioner-for-standards/registers-of-interests/register-of-all-party-party-parliamentary-groups/

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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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