Labour councillors in South Gloucestershire have welcomed the adoption today of a revised Animal Welfare Charter.
The council originally approved a charter exactly 20 years ago in April 1997 as a result of a motion proposed by Labour councillor Roger Hutchinson. Changes in legislation, specifically the Animal Welfare Act 2006, and other issues to emerge over the intervening two decades mean that it is the right time to revisit and update the charter. Councillor Hutchinson has been the driving force behind the council setting up the cross-party working group that drew up the revised charter that was endorsed today.
The charter commits the council to take appropriate enforcement, to provide education and advice for residents and to influence partners to help protect domestic and wild animals in South Gloucestershire.
Councillor Hutchinson says:
“I am proud to have steered two Animal Welfare Charters through the council in the past 20 years. Issues that have come to the fore such as the danger posed by snares and Chinese lanterns meant that it was time to revise and reinforce the message that our council is committed to the welfare of domestic and wild animals in South Gloucestershire.”