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Lesley Griffiths MS

  • Welsh Government Minister for Rural Affairs and North Wales, and Trefnydd

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Petitioning UK Government, Welsh Government, SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT, Northern Ireland Government, Lesley Griffiths MS, Mark Drakeford, The Rt Hon Lord Goldsmith, Professor Charles Milne

Regulate pet care and husbandry needs of captive bred exotic reptiles and amphibians.

We, the undersigned, wish to raise a petition to UK Government officials to introduce legislation on detailed controls through good, evidence-based practice on the keeping and breeding of non-dangerous exotic animals as pets throughout the devolved nations of the United Kingdom. This is in the interests of animal welfare, including safeguarding from potential neglect, harm and/or abuse and conservation. The list of exotic species of reptiles and amphibians most suitable as pets, which are captive bred widely across the UK include, but are not limited to the following: Corn Snakes King Snakes Milk Snakes Leopard Geckos Stinkpot and Mud Turtles Royal Pythons White’s Tree Frogs Horned Frogs Fire Salamanders African Fat-Tailed Geckos Crested Geckos Bearded Dragons Mediterranean Tortoise species Veiled or Yemeni Chameleons Although there is the Animal Welfare Act (2006), which provides legal regulatory literature on the general keeping of animals in captivity, there is not a legal framework demonstrating good practice on care, husbandry and breeding of non-dangerous exotic species such as small lizards, amphibians, terrapins, and fish (Burke et al., 2015). According to a review conducted by Pasmans et al. (2017), inappropriate management, nutrition and over-breeding by inexperienced keepers remains a concern. It can be argued that through legislating the practice of proper management and care supported by up-to-date information on husbandry requirements from experts may mitigate such concerns with a possibility of increasing the benefits to human health through the companionship of keeping captive bred exotic species. We believe that non-dangerous exotic pets should be represented more equally to other captive animals pertaining to the Animal Welfare Act and deserve to be cared for, properly by their owners. We believe that breeders of such animals for commercial purposes should at least be qualified with certification from affiliated specialist organisations such as the British Herpetological Society (1947), and we also believe that third party selling and distribution of such vulnerable creatures, should be banned. The inspiration behind getting the law changed to protect vulnerable exotic species comes after the recent passing of a 16 week old leopard gecko named Ali whom contracted parasites, a deadly disease, which was brought on through negligence of proper care and husbandry by its owner due to them being mis-led information and guidance from the pet shop, unreliable internet sources claiming to offer expertise and specialist knowledge and social media. REFERENCES Animal Welfare Act 2006. (c.45), London: HMSO British Herpetological Society (1947), BHS Policy on Reptiles and Amphibians in Captivity, Pet Trade and Legislation (Dr Gerardo Garcia). Burke, M., Sutherland, N. and Ares, E., (2015), Exotic Pets Trade, London: House of Commons Pasmans, F., Bogaerts, S., Braeckman, J., Cunningham, A.A., Hellebuyck, T., Griffiths, R.A., Sparreboom, M., Schmidt, B.R. and Martel, A. (2017), Future of keeping pet reptiles and amphibians: towards integrating animal welfare, human health and environmental sustainability. Veterinary Record, 181: 450-450. https://doi.org/10.1136/vr.104296 Tom Mellor - Creator of petition and pet owner of reptiles. Ellie McKee - pet owner/breeder of reptiles. Kayleigh Harwood - pet owner/breeder of reptiles. Lee Wright - pet owner of reptiles. 

Tom Mellor
566 supporters
Petitioning Nick Smith MP, Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council, Lesley Griffiths MS, George Eustice MP

Make it a legal requirement that sheep have to be sheared annually, by the end of June.

Please sign and share this petition and in doing so you will help make it a legal requirement that sheep have to be sheared annually, by the end of June. This will help prevent them suffering from maggot infestation which causes thousands of sheep to die painfully every year. Many people find sheep collapsed and suffering unimaginable pain across the whole of Wales and the UK every summer, as the flies begin to lay their eggs in the long, unkempt and untreated fleeces. This suffering can be prevented. It is currently not a legal requirement to regularly shear sheep. By signing this petition you can help make it law that farmers, small holders and anyone who has pet sheep will have to bring their flocks in to be sheared and treated by the end of June. In doing so they will help prevent these beautiful animals suffering from being eaten alive by maggots and dying a very long slow agonising death. I have spent the last 6 years helping my local farmer with his flock, and every single year I have to deal with the heartache of watching their suffering because the farmer has failed to shear them. Once a sheep is infested, unless treated straight away, the sheep will die. This suffering is completely unnecessary and by signing this petition you will help create a law that will help bring about the end of this needless animal cruelty.  Thank you.

LouLou Palmer
401 supporters
Mandatory CCTV in all Welsh Slaughterhouses

Animal welfare is a priority for the Welsh Government. We take animal welfare seriously and expect others to do so too. Our larger slaughterhouses, which process the vast majority of animals, do have CCTV and adhere to a protocol jointly developed and agreed by the Food Standards Agency and industry bodies to enable Official Veterinarians access to CCTV footage. We are committed to working with slaughterhouse operators in a supportive relationship. Via our Food Business Investment Scheme we are supporting small and medium sized slaughterhouses to, amongst other things, install and upgrade CCTV systems. Whilst CCTV cannot replace direct oversight by slaughterhouse management or Official Veterinarians, particularly in very small premises, it can provide objective supporting evidence of good practice. This is why we have made a commitment to require CCTV in all slaughterhouses during this Government’s term. Lesley Griffiths Welsh Government Minister for Rural Affairs and North Wales, and Trefnydd

1 year ago
CCTV in ALL slaughterhouses to stop animal cruelty

Animal welfare is a priority for the Welsh Government. We take animal welfare seriously and expect others to do so too. Our larger slaughterhouses, which process the vast majority of animals, do have CCTV and adhere to a protocol jointly developed and agreed by the Food Standards Agency and industry bodies to enable Official Veterinarians access to CCTV footage. We are committed to working with slaughterhouse operators in a supportive relationship. Via our Food Business Investment Scheme we are supporting small and medium sized slaughterhouses to, amongst other things, install and upgrade CCTV systems. Whilst CCTV cannot replace direct oversight by slaughterhouse management or Official Veterinarians, particularly in very small premises, it can provide objective supporting evidence of good practice. This is why we have made a commitment to require CCTV in all slaughterhouses during this Government’s term. Lesley Griffiths Welsh Government Minister for Rural Affairs and North Wales, and Trefnydd

1 year ago