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Improving transparency in slaughter: first signs of a Brexit Spring?


The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs’ (Defra) have proposed mandatory CCTV in all approved English slaughterhouses. David Bowles, our assistant director of external affairs, examines what this announcement could tell us about the future handling of animal welfare issues during Brexit.

The news surrounding Brexit is currently full of speculation, stalled negotiations and the pros and cons of being in or out of the Customs Union. It’s fiendishly complicated, and frankly quite boring to most people.

However, Brexit … continue reading ››

Seven puppies euthanised under BSL

Mercedes muzzled

The story of Mercedes and her nine puppies illustrates the arbitrary nature of Breed Specific Legislation (BSL), as we continue to call for an end to these outdated laws.

Mercedes and her puppies were seized

One December afternoon, Lynn Bernard had a visit from the police. They had a warrant, and asked to see her dogs.

Lynn’s dog Mercedes had recently given birth to a litter of nine puppies. Mercedes is an American bulldog cross bullmastiff, and the father … continue reading ››

Join us in calling for an end to Breed Specific Legislation

Tia licking her lips © RSPCA

Saturday 12 August marks 26 years since the Dangerous Dogs Act and Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) came into force. We’ve been campaigning to #EndBSL which sees the needless destruction of hundreds of dogs every year, just because of the way they look.

What is Breed Specific Legislation?

The Dangerous Dogs Act exists to protect public safety. As part of the act, BSL bans the ownership of four different types of dogs in the UK. These are – pit bull terriers, … continue reading ››