SSPCA wel­comes govern­ment pledge to an­i­mal wel­fare

The Oban Times - - OUTDOORS -

The Scot­tish SPCA wel­comed a num­ber of pos­i­tive an­i­mal wel­fare an­nounce­ments in the 2018/2019 Scot­tish Govern­ment Pro­gramme for Govern­ment on Wednesday Septem­ber 5.

Scot­land’s an­i­mal wel­fare char­ity has been seek­ing a num­ber of changes in the law in re­gards to an­i­mals, in­clud­ing an in­crease in the max­i­mum sen­tenc­ing for an­i­mal cru­elty, li­cens­ing of an­i­mal sanc­tu­ar­ies and tack­ling the il­le­gal puppy trade.

Scot­tish SPCA chief su­per­in­ten­dent Mike Flynn said: ‘It’s fan­tas­tic that the Scot­tish Govern­ment has an­nounced that they will be tak­ing steps to im­prove an­i­mal wel­fare in many in­stances be­yond the UK.

‘Given our proven com­mit­ment to an­i­mal wel­fare the so­ci­ety looks for­ward to tak- ing part in the pro­posed An­i­mal Wel­fare

Com­mis­sion.’

Scot­tish SPCA chief ex­ec­u­tive Kirsteen Camp­bell said: ‘We are ex­tremely pleased to see the com­mit­ment from the Scot­tish Govern­ment to al­low an­i­mals seized by or­gan­i­sa­tions to be re­homed much more quickly and ef­fi­ciently.

‘Cur­rently many an­i­mals re­main in our care for a long pe­riod of time, un­til a court case has been heard. First and fore­most these com­mit­ments will, in time, al­le­vi­ate our tem­po­rary refuge sit­u­a­tion which is a real chal­lenge both from an an­i­mal wel­fare and a fi­nan­cial per­spec­tive.

‘The il­le­gal puppy trade is a pri­or­ity for the so­ci­ety and our #SayNoToPup­pyDeal­ers cam­paign has high­lighted this is­sue to the pub­lic and MSPs. We wel­come the Scot­tish Govern­ment’s com­mit­ment to re­form li­cens­ing and breed­ing laws.

‘We are pleased to see that a range of ac­tions have been pro­posed to en­sure young peo­ple have the sup­port they need at the ear­li­est stage. Sadly we are see­ing first-hand the ef­fects that ad­verse child­hood ex­pe­ri­ences (ACEs) can have on how chil­dren in­ter­act with an­i­mals that they en­counter.

‘The Scot­tish SPCA’s ground-break­ing An­i­mal Guardians pro­gramme is that first step in re­ally try­ing to tackle the link be­tween an­i­mal cru­elty and vi­o­lent crime.

‘With the added link be­tween an­i­mal cru­elty and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence we are pleased that do­mes­tic vi­o­lence will con­tinue to be a key multi-agency is­sue that will be tack­led across Scot­land over the com­ing year.

‘Hav­ing been con­cerned at ris­ing num­bers of wildlife ca­su­al­ties, we are de­lighted to see com­mit­ments re­gard­ing pro­tect­ing life and habi­tats be­low wa­ter and above land, in­clud­ing tack­ling the is­sue of fish­ing lit­ter and lost gear.

‘We also com­mend steps to im­prove Scot­land’s in­ter­na­tional rep­u­ta­tion for high qual­ity meat pro­duc­tion by up­dat­ing Farm An­i­mal Wel­fare Codes and in­tro­duc­ing com­pul­sory CCTV of slaugh­ter in abat­toirs.

‘We look for­ward to work­ing with our part­ners, Scot­tish Govern­ment and the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment to progress these pos­i­tive com­mit­ments to an­i­mal wel­fare in Scot­land.’

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