Animal Welfare

Genetic Technology Bill ‘serious step back’ for animal welfare – RSPCA

Genetic Technology Bill ‘serious step back’ for animal welfare – RSPCA

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has said that the Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill...

May 25, 2022

Farmers now face £5,000 fine for offences against animals

Farmers now face £5,000 fine for offences against animals

Farmers who fail to properly care for livestock could now face fines up to £5,000, under legislation that became law...

April 28, 2022

Government urged to hurry along Animal Welfare Bill

Government urged to hurry along Animal Welfare Bill

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) is urging the government to put the Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill high on the...

April 28, 2022

Farming must have ‘zero tolerance’ for animal cruelty

Farming must have ‘zero tolerance’ for animal cruelty

The term ‘animal cruelty’ is a very emotive one and, no doubt, will jar with every farmer reading this article....

February 18, 2022

Animal welfare needs joined-up response amid rehoming crisis – Sugden

Animal welfare needs joined-up response amid rehoming crisis – Sugden

East Derry MLA Claire Sugden has said a joined-up animal welfare policy between the Executive and local councils must be...

January 13, 2022

Cotswold farmer sentenced after burying sheep in rotting potatoes

Cotswold farmer sentenced after burying sheep in rotting potatoes

A Cotswold farmer has been sentenced to 26 weeks in prison after he pleaded guilty to 22 offences, including burying...

December 17, 2021

AWC advise on methods for killing piglets on farm

AWC advise on methods for killing piglets on farm

The Animal Welfare Committee (AWC), via the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), has issued advice on methods...

December 2, 2021

Farmer convicted for transporting an animal unfit for journey

Farmer convicted for transporting an animal unfit for journey

A Northern Ireland farmer has been convicted in court for transporting an animal that was not fit for the journey....

November 25, 2021

Welsh Government releases 5-year animal welfare plan

Welsh Government releases 5-year animal welfare plan

A five-year plan which outlines steps towards achieving the ambition of ensuring a good quality of life for all animals...

November 4, 2021

6 non-executive directors appointed to the Animal Health and Welfare Board

6 non-executive directors appointed to the Animal Health and Welfare Board

Biosecurity Minister Lord Benyon has appointed six non-executive directors to the Animal Health and Welfare Board for England (AHWBE). The...

October 31, 2021

CattleEye secures $2.5 million seed investment to launch autonomous stock monitoring system

CattleEye secures $2.5 million seed investment to launch autonomous stock monitoring system

Belfast-based livestock monitoring technology company CattleEye has closed a $2.5 million (€2.1 million) seed investment round. The money has come...

September 14, 2021

Additional UK animal movement rules are ‘utter hypocrisy’ – FUW

Additional UK animal movement rules are ‘utter hypocrisy’ – FUW

The announcement that a raft of additional restrictions on animal movements will be introduced in England and Wales and confirmation...

August 19, 2021

BVA welcomes new standards for animal welfare transport

BVA welcomes new standards for animal welfare transport

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has welcomed the government’s new measures to improve welfare conditions of farm animals during transit....

August 18, 2021

Animal welfare is a ‘top priority’ for any farmer – NFU

Animal welfare is a ‘top priority’ for any farmer – NFU

National Farmers’ Union (NFU) deputy president Stuart Roberts has said that animal welfare is always a top priority for any...

August 18, 2021

Government introduces new welfare standards for transporting animals

Government introduces new welfare standards for transporting animals

Higher welfare standards for farm animals being transported, including shorter journey times, more headroom and stricter rules on being moved...

August 18, 2021

Annual vet visits will be a ‘crucial first step’ in improving animal welfare – BVA

Annual vet visits will be a ‘crucial first step’ in improving animal welfare – BVA

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has responded positively to the government’s update to the Agricultural Transition Plan with regards to...

July 1, 2021

Animal cruelty register petition tabled in the Assembly

Animal cruelty register petition tabled in the Assembly

A petition signed by thousands of people across the island calling for a central register of animal cruelty offenders has...

June 28, 2021

BVA welcomes new laws to crackdown on puppy smuggling

BVA welcomes new laws to crackdown on puppy smuggling

New legislation to crackdown on illegal puppy smuggling and to pave the way for a ban on the import of...

June 8, 2021