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RSPCA to make UK ‘global leader’ for animal welfare

The charity aims to ‌reduce‌ ‌neglect‌ ‌and‌ ‌cruelty‌ across England and Wales ‌by‌ ‌half‌ ‌by 2030, create a million-strong movement for animals, end severe suffering of animals used in science and ‘significantly’ improve the lives of millions of farm animals

After a successful first year of its new strategy, the RSPCA has announced its upcoming plans to make the UK a global leader for animal welfare.

It revealed the new strategy saw “many successes” such as tougher sentencing for animal abusers, increasing supporter numbers and the introduction of flexible working and family friend initiatives.

After lobbying the Government for years, the charity said ministers pledged to ban the live export of farm animals, enshrined animal sentience in legislation, committed to licensing sanctuaries and rescues in Scotland.

However, the RSPCA said it is now pushing forwards for animals in areas like farm animal welfare standards, phasing out the use of animals in testing and research, challenging the growth in dogs and tackling illegal hunting.

The charity also aims to ‌reduce‌ ‌neglect‌ ‌and‌ ‌cruelty‌ across England and Wales ‌by‌ ‌half‌ ‌by 2030, create a million-strong movement for animals, end severe suffering of animals used in science and “significantly” improve the lives of millions of farm animals.

The RSPCA will also focus on its education and prevention work to provide support and advice, particularly to hard to reach groups through launching the Kindness Index and investigating how we can measure cruelty and achieve our goal of reducing cruelty by 50%.

Chris Sherwood, chief executive, RSPCA, said: “We’re thrilled with the strides we’ve made in the first year of this 10-year strategy, especially during the particularly challenging context of the Covid pandemic.

“But we need everyone’s support to achieve the ambitious goals we’ve set out in our strategy. So we’re asking everyone – our people, our supporters, other agencies and charities, and the communities in which we operate – to help us ensure that no animal is left behind.”

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