September 10, 2018

In 2017 RSPCA Cymru launched a campaign calling for the introduction of an Animal Offender Register in Wales, which would list persons convicted under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and who also recieved a disqualification order under Section 34 of the Act banning them from owning animals for a specific period of time.

The Register could then be used by organisations to check that an individual wasn’t breaching their disqualification order and help to prevent the possible future suffering of an animal.

An RSPCA Cymru poll by YouGov in early 2017 found that 88% of people in Wales support the introduction of a register for those previously prosecuted for animal cruelty. For more information please read our briefing here and take the campaign action here.

Following the campaign, RSPCA Cymru was asked by the Welsh Government to chair a Ministerial Task and Finish Group to examine the case for an Animal Offender Register for Wales. The report was submitted to Welsh Government in June 2018 and widely published in July 2018. The report can be read online here.