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Three quarters of public 'support ban on wild animals in circuses'

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The RSPCA Cymru's been surveying our attitude to wild animals in Wales.

It says the term 'wild animal' means different thing to different people. But the charity classes them as those that are not normally domesticated. The list ranges from badgers to nesting birds, and includes pet snakes and elephants in captivity.

Its report found:

  • 74 percent of the public support a ban on wild animals performing in circuses in Wales after hearing that other European countries have banned animal performances in circuses.
  • 72 percent of those polled in Wales support a ban on the keeping of all primates as pet and recommends that the keeping of primates as pets is banned.

It wants more funding to investigate trade in exotic animals and spot checks on animal sanctuaries. It is also calling for a ban on sky lanterns and snares.

It is hoped this report can be a valuable guide to what is happening in Wales with regard to wild animal welfare and means that problems can be identified and addressed, solutions established, and positive learning replicated across different issues.

– Claire Lawson, Assistant director external relations, RSPCA Wales

We in Wales are at the forefront of implementing higher animal welfare standards.

The Wales Animal Health and Welfare Framework sets out our vision for continuing and lasting improvements in standards for kept animals whilst also helping to protect public health and contributing to the economy and the environment.

The Framework represents a significant opportunity for us to focus on delivery to achieve the highest standards of animal health and welfare and this indicator report, which contains a snapshot of some of the animal welfare concerns, provides a baseline of available data and recommendations for improvements.

– Rebecca Evans AM, Deputy Minister for Farming and Food

Cats 'dumped like rubbish'

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The RSPCA says two cats have been found in a taped up cardboard box in Tredegar

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It says a member of the public found the cats abandoned in a box at Waundeg, Nantybwch at 9.30pm on 6 October.

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The caller found one ginger tabby female cat who is around two years-old and one black female cat which is approximately four to five months-old.

The cardboard box was taped up so they must have been extremely frightened and scared inside

Both of the cats are healthy although they are underweight.

This is the second incident like this I have dealt with within a couple of weeks. It is just so sad. We would just appeal to people that if they are struggling with their pets to seek advice and help from the many animals charities that are out there, instead of dumping them like rubbish, leaving for these animals alone and to fend for themselves.”

– Kate Parker, RSPCA inspector


Kittens abandoned in Pontypool Park

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RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information after two kittens were found locked in a suitcase in Pontypool Park.

A member of the public contacted the charity after discovering the furry pair.

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The caller found the kittens in an old suitcase around 2pm on 24 September. The kittens are around eight weeks old and are female and were found to be suffering from diarrhoea. We don’t know how long they were there for.

We are not sure what has happened here, but it seems likely these kittens were dumped. It must have been awful for these kittens to have been trapped in a suitcase, they are lucky to have survived.

– Kate Parker, RSPCA inspector

The kittens have been taken into RSPCA care and have received a health check at RSPCA’s Merthyr Tydfil Clinic. They were scanned for a microchip but they did not have one, so the owner can’t be identified.

Anyone who may have information should contact the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018. Calls are treated in confidence.

Appeal after kittens abandoned in Swansea quarry

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The RSPCA says it is appealing for information after two kittens were found in a box at Pen Yr Heol quarry in Gorseinon.

A member of the public found one of the kittens had died when they discovered them on 31 May.

The member of the public who found the kittens took them to RSPCA Llys Nini Animal Centre.

The quarry is not in operation so there are no further lines of enquiry there. We are now appealing for anyone with information about these kittens to contact us. They were around six weeks old.

We don’t know how the one kitten passed away - but the other kitten is doing well at Llys Nini Animal Centre.”

– Andrew Harris, RSPCA animal welfare officer


From an Amazon parrot to a water dragon: RSPCA rescued more than 8,000 animals in Wales last year

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The RSPCA in Wales says last year it rescued 8,537 animals.

The charity says some of these included 654 dogs, 2,714 cats, 380 rabbits, 343 hedgehogs, 219 chickens, 133 ferrets, 136 sheep, 151 reptiles and 26 goldfish.

RSPCA inspectors and officers in Wales also dealt with many unusual animals and birds, they included:

  • two Amazon parrots
  • three boa constrictors
  • one lovebird
  • seven peacocks
  • one Chinese water dragon
  • three slow worms
  • 136 jackdaws
  • six yellow necked mice
  • one puffin
  • three red kites
  • three tarantulas
  • five European polecats

Sadly many of the animals we rescued last year were callously abandoned. It is an offence to abandon any animal and there is never any excuse for doing so. If people have pets they cannot care for, for any reason, then help and advice is always available from the RSPCA

– Martyn Hubbard, RSPCA Cymru superintendent

Today marks the start of the 20th RSPCA week.

'Fivefold rise' in number of rescued horses

The animal charity says there is a 'horse crisis' Credit: RSPCA/PA Images

The RSPCA are launching a campaign to find loving homes for hundreds of rescue horse and ponies after claims there is a crisis in the number of horses being neglected.

5 years ago, the animal charity was rescuing one horse every eight days in Wales - now it's at least one every other day on average.

It says the number of rescued horses between 2009 and 2013 has risen fivefold.

The animal charity says falling horse prices, rising feed and care costs have led to thousands of animals being neglected, dumped and, in some cases, left starving to death.

It says Swansea has seen the biggest increase in the number of horses rescued with a rise of 1289% .

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