Today (December 10) is the International Day for Animal Rights and it is a perfect opportunity to confront the biggest challenge facing animal lovers and advocates alike: how to defend animal welfare legislation as Britain prepares to leave the EU.
Government must introduce legislation that makes a real difference to pets bred and sold in the UK by empowering local authorities with sufficient resources and training they need to do the job. Anyone breeding or selling a pet must be held fully accountable for the welfare of pets in their care. Only then can Britain can truly start to live up to its reputation as a nation of animal lovers once more.
As someone who manages a team of professional campaigners and lobbyists working to improve animal welfare, it's always nice when we can stop for a mom...
A ground-breaking report was released by a key Westminster Committee last week - one that could make a huge difference to the lives of dogs and cats in England and Wales - but it didn't get its chance to make the impact it deserved.
Last month, I was ecstatic to hear that TripAdvisor, one of the world's largest travel websites, and its ticket sales company, Viator, had decided that they will no longer sell tickets to hundreds of tourist attractions that are widely accepted as harmful to the wild animals involved.
I wrote a previous blog about how rescuing a greyhound will benefit your mental and physical health. The breed is gene...
At IWC 66, we should celebrate the 30th anniversary of the moratorium. The IWC and its members should be proud of its growing engagement with modern issues and we should all look to see where else it might be able to lend assistance!
Voters in Andrea Leadsom's own constituency -and indeed those in the constituency of Theresa May - are opposed by huge margins to a return to fox-hunting. According to a projection carried out by Ipsos MORI, 81% of voters Andrea Leadsom's constituency back the Hunting Act, with just 18% favouring repeal. In Theresa May's constituency, the figure is 80%.
The badger cull has clearly been a political tool to keep traditionally conservative-voting farmers and farming communities onside. The government have been keen to show that they are doing something to help, that they are taking a strong stance. In reality this is manifesting in violence and cruelty rather than addressing the root cause - modern farming methods.
World Animal Day doesn't just mean sharing adorable pictures of puppies, penguins and pandas on social media, although that is a bonus. The purpose of World Animal Day is to improve the lives of animals everywhere.
We also found that, over the last 10 years, trafficking ivory has become far more organised. Criminal gangs have now begun taking over the trade, drawn by the vast profits to be made particularly in the South East Asian market where ivory is seen as a status symbol. It is a startling realisation but - with the increasing demand for ivory in China and the Far East coupled with poor governance and corruption in Mozambique - if the Poachers maintain their killing rate their will be no more elephants in Mozambique in five years' time.
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So I'm proud to launch our Puppy Buyer's Checklist, which draws on all the NAWT's knowledge and insight to guide you through the purchasing process. It contains vital information and the few simple steps you should take to weed out dubious puppy suppliers - BEFORE you leave home.
For many of us it does seem kind of strange that there is still an ivory market of any kind. There's nothing pretty about seeing the remnants of a dead elephant on your wrist or mantelpiece. For most it isn't only times that have changed - our attitudes and understanding have too.
We are running out of time to put right all these wrongs. And so are the dogs. The question is whether we have people in positions of influence and authority who are prepared to step up and do the right thing. And the right thing is to put the best interests of dogs at the centre of their strategy because only by doing this will everything else, including public protection, follow.
It's interesting (and horrifying) to examine how UK animal welfare laws change when applied to different species. It's rightly illegal to slit a dog's throat, or hang a cat upside down and run it through a pool of electrified water. It's horrible to even consider. But when it comes to pigs, cows, chickens and other farmed animals, those actions are routine.