Bridgend Council has confirmed that Animal Welfare officers have been inspecting Coney Beach in Porthcawl following concerns made over the welfare of donkeys. It comes a year after donkey rides were temporarily suspended following similar concerns about the animals made to the RSPCA. A spokesman for the council confirmed that donkey ride operators were spoken to last week. He said: "Initially, the donkeys were not being afforded enough protection, in terms of shade, so officers questioned the operator on this and requested that all animals be kept under the shade when they are not operating. "They were also in good condition and weren’t in any distress. "Unfortunately, the drum used looks the same as the litter bins on the beach, so many people have mistakenly assumed that the drum is a litter bin when it is in fact a water container. “An officer undertook a further visit on Friday afternoon and spoke at length with the operator regarding the complaints being … [Read more...] about Donkey ride operators in Porthcawl questioned over animal welfare
PUBLISHED: 13:39 03 July 2018 | UPDATED: 13:45 03 July 2018 Jessica Hill Lamberts Abattoir in Eye.; Owners Chris and Kevin Burrows Archant Slaughterhouse director makes a plea to gas suppliers to put them first in line for CO2, so animal welfare is not compromised. Lamberts Abattoir in Eye. Owner Kevin Burrows in the new abattoir . Picture: Tudor Morgan-Owen The Europe-wide shortage of carbon dioxide, which has been largely caused by shutdowns for maintenance at plants which produce food grade CO2, is affecting the supply chain of products such as carbonated drinks, beer and vacuum-packed food, as well as meat. Kevin Burrows, the managing director of C&K Meats who operate the J H Lambert Ltd abbatoir on Eye Airfield, said: “It seems like the whole world is short of CO2 at the moment. We can all live without a pint of beer or a can of fizzy drink, but for industries like ourselves - when animal welfare issues come up , we need to come first on the list when it comes … [Read more...] about How is the CO2 shortage affecting animal welfare at East Anglia’s slaughterhouses?
Seemingly healthy abandoned dogs are not collected by Animal Welfare, so what happens to these dogs? Most end up in animal sanctuaries around Malta but, with more and more cases of abandonment, the problem needs to be tackled by better laws and enforcement says Pierre Galea from the Association for Abandoned Animals (AAA). Animal Welfare focuses only on attending to injured animals and does not rescue abandoned, chained or ill-kept animals if there is no breach of the law. Replying to questions from this newspaper, the Ministry for the Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change said: “The Animal Welfare directorate focuses on the welfare of animals, and if the directorate or any of its officers think that an animal’s welfare is at stake, they will check and, if necessary, take it in. So in your case, if the dog is not micro-chipped and is healthy, Animal Welfare will not collect it unless it is injured and requires medical attention.” Galea pointed out … [Read more...] about Animal suffering an inconvenient truth – better enforcement and animal welfare laws required
TRABZON Each school in the Black Sea province of Trabzon’s Ortahisar district will receive a stray dog along with a kennel as part of a project attempting to teach children compassion from an early age. Both school personnel and children will be responsible for taking care of the dogs, Demirören News Agency reported on June 27. The district municipality, the Education Ministry, and Trabzon’s Animal Welfare Organization (TRAHAYKO) initiated the project called “Ortahisar Love Vaccine” through a joint effort. It aims to encourage the love of animals in children in each school district as well as to teach them how to care for a pet, which will also help them develop a sense of responsibility. The project has already taken effect in a private school called “Bahçeşehir College.” The school has been given a golden retriever, which had been abandoned at a dog shelter in the district. The dog named “Bes” has already attracted the … [Read more...] about Schools in Trabzon’s Ortahisar to look after strays dogs as part of animal welfare project
*Warning: Graphic and upsetting images A man who neglected an entire farm of animals so much that when the RSPCA arrived they found ‘a total animal welfare disaster’ has been jailed. Mark Downes, 50, presided over what a judge described as ‘appalling conditions’ where sheep, pigs, cows and horses were dead and dying, carcasses left to rot in barns and fields, and pigs feasting on the bodies where they could find them. Bristol Magistrates Court heard he had agreed to take on the care of Sue Smith’s farm near Bristol, in return for her allowing him to keep his horses at Ingst Manor Farm, in Olveston, near Bristol. But, as district judge Lyn Matthews described in a damning assessment, while his neglect and cruelty was not deliberate, ‘he was inadequate to the task’. Downes was convicted of a catalogue of shocking offences of animal welfare, including leaving whole groups of sheep, pigs, horses and goats in pitiful states. The total of 22 … [Read more...] about Man jailed for ‘total animal welfare disaster’ at Bristol’s ‘hell farm’