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Scrutiny Committee throws weight behind proposed ban on animals as prizes

Posted on : 18 Sep 2019

Scrutiny Committee throws weight behind proposed ban on animals as prizes
Members of Caerphilly’s Environment and Sustainability Scrutiny Committee have unanimously supported a proposal which, if adopted, would see a ban on the giving of animals as prizes on Caerphilly county borough land.
                
A Notice of Motion, proposed by Cllr James Pritchard and supported by cross-party councillors, would see the council endorse an outright ban of the giving of live animals as prizes, in any form, on Caerphilly County Borough Council land. In addition, the Notice of Motion would request the council writes to the Welsh Government, urging an outright ban on the giving of live animals as prizes, on both public and private land in Wales.
 
The proposal was unanimously endorsed by members of the Environment and Sustainability Scrutiny Committee at their meeting last night (17th September 2019), and will be considered at a future meeting of Full Council.
 
Cllr James Pritchard said, “Animal ownership is a big responsibility, and is one that should be planned and well thought out. Sadly, animals often do not have their welfare needs met prior to, during or after being given as a prize, and since 2014 there have been 24 cases reported to the RSPCA of live animals being given as prizes in Wales.
 
“As a council, we have the opportunity to ban the giving of live animals as prizes on council owned land, and ensure the welfare of these animals is not compromised, as well as raising public awareness of the issue.
 
“I’m delighted that members of the Environment and Sustainability Scrutiny Committee endorsed the Notice of Motion that would see us leading the way on ending this outdated practice. I look forward to it being considered by Full Council in due course”.
 
The Notice of Motion can be found here: https://democracy.caerphilly.gov.uk/documents/s30229/Notice%20of%20Motion%20-%20Ban%20on%20Pets%20as%20Prizes.pdf?LLL=0 


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