Caroline Nokes MP is working with the RSPCA to help improve animal welfare in Romsey and Southampton North

Last week, Caroline attended the RSPCA’s annual reception in the House of Commons

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 16 June 2016

The event celebrated 10 years of the Animal Welfare Act – a landmark piece of legislation of which the RSPCA is the main enforcement body

Caroline attended the RSPCA annual reception in the House of Commons last week. As part of this, she met with local RSPCA inspectors as well as members of the police force and representatives from local authorities.

In addition to hearing about the frontline duties of the RSPCA, the theme of the event was to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Animal Welfare Act.

The Animal Welfare Act is a landmark piece of legislation which was the first to introduce a proactive duty to prevent an animal’s suffering for everyone responsible for pets. The RSPCA is the main enforcement body for the Act, working with owners, issuing advice and taking prosecutions where necessary to ensure that animal welfare is protected.

A number of other animal welfare groups were present, which the RSPCA will continue to work closely with over the following Parliamentary year. Caroline is proud to support this group of animal welfare charities in Parliament in order to improve standards of animal welfare across Romsey and Southampton North

Caroline said:

“I was delighted to attend the RSPCA’s annual reception and lend my support for their vital work. In particular, I was pleased to meet some of the inspectors who do tireless work on the frontline to improve the lives of thousands of animals across the UK.

“I will be working closely with the RSPCA throughout this parliament to help improve standards of animal welfare in Romsey and Southampton North and across the UK.”

David Bowles, Head of Public Affairs at RSPCA, said:

“We were delighted to see so many MPs and peers from across the House at our 2016 annual reception, this year to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the landmark Animal Welfare Act. The RSPCA remains the main enforcement body for the Act which, for the first time, introduced a proactive duty to prevent an animal enduring unnecessary suffering.

We’re looking forward to continuing to work with new and old faces in Parliament alike to improve the lives of animals across the UK during this Parliamentary year.”

 

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