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11th December 2023

Cats Protection has welcomed the long-awaited consultation on the licensing and regulation of Animal Welfare Establishments (AWEs) in Wales.

The charity said the 12-week consultation was an opportunity to ensure consistent and high standards of welfare are enforced in all sanctuaries, rescue and rehoming centres across Wales. 

Cats Protection’s Advocacy & Government Relations Officer for Wales Daryl Gordon said: “We’re pleased to see this consultation published today, which will be vital in ensuring rescue and rehoming centres meet the high standards that animals deserve, and the public expects. 

“The consultation offers an opportunity to finally close loopholes in current legislation which can allow unscrupulous third-party sellers to pose as animal welfare establishments. By stamping out these rogue individuals, we can protect kittens and cats from harm, and prevent buyers from suffering the heartache and financially strain of unwittingly buying a sick kitten or cat.

“We hope the consultation will result in a uniform set of standards for all AWEs, ensuring high standards of welfare for all animals and giving the public greater confidence when adopting a pet.

“Any changes will only work if there is robust enforcement of standards, and we look forward to working with the Welsh Government and other animal welfare organisations to ensure this consultation results in a positive change for animals in Wales.”

Cats Protection is the UK’s leading cat welfare charity and has helped an average of 157,000 cats and kittens a year over the last five years through its national network of 210 volunteer-run branches and 34 centres. 

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