Animal welfare

Animal welfare plan could place local regulatory services under ‘pressure’

14/05/2021

Council chiefs are concerned an action plan to improve the welfare of animals at home and abroad will place regulatory services under ‘significant pressure’.

Charity calls for reform of public sector food sourcing standards

21/04/2021

A charity is calling for a major overhaul of public sector food sourcing standards to protect school children and hospital patients from being served a low welfare menu.

RSPCA urges pet owners to fill out a pet care plan

07/04/2020

Councils have been urged to encourage pet owners to display pet care plan posters in the event of an emergency.

Councils urged to take urgent action to tackle puppy farming

14/02/2020

Councils are being urged to publish their list of inspected dog breeders to help tackle illegal and cruel puppy farming by an animal welfare charity.

UK's first bat-friendly street lights are switched on

03/09/2019

New LED lighting that emits a red glow to provide a bat friendly crossing has been completed in Worcestershire.

Councils urged to adopt new hedgehog traffic sign

17/06/2019

Transport secretary Chris Grayling today unveiled a new traffic sign which warns road users of hazards due to animals on the road.

Councils struggle to tackle 'nuisance' urban gulls

21/05/2019

Councils across the UK are using a wide range of measures to deal with the nuisance posed by urban gulls, according to new research.

Council confirms piranha carcasses found in local lake

18/04/2019

The Environment Agency has been called in to investigate the mysterious presence of two piranha carcasses that were discovered floating in a Doncaster lake.

RSPCA calls for more council funding for animal welfare services

28/11/2018

Councils are being forced to cut or outsource animal welfare services, a report from the RSPCA has warned.

Council to stop supplying non-stunned halal meat in schools

13/07/2018

Lancashire County Council has announced it will no longer supply non-stunned halal meat to schools against the wishes of its residents.

Council appoints UK’s first newt officer

06/07/2018

The country’s first ever newt officer has been chosen by Central Bedfordshire Council to help protect great crested newts from developments.

Brexit threatens UK’s access to food safety systems, warn council chiefs

30/05/2018

Council leaders have called on Whitehall and the EU to ensure the UK's access to food safety and animal health systems remains available after Brexit.

Littered bottles killing millions of small mammals

27/03/2018

Up to 3.2 million shrews, voles and mice are being killed every year due to littered drinks bottles, a report from Keep Britain Tidy has revealed.

English councils urged to ban sky lanterns

14/02/2018

The RSPCA has called on all councils in England to follow Wales' lead and ban 'deadly' sky lanterns.

Council could ban office cat from town hall

13/04/2017

A town council could ban Missy the cat from its premises over concerns it is wasting staff time and could pose a health risk to visitors with allergies.

Council refuses zoo licence due to animal deaths

07/03/2017

Barrow BC has refused to issue a new licence to a zoo in Cumbria - where a keeper was killed in 2013 - after an inspection revealed many animals had died due to the poor conditions.

Academics warn LED street lighting could affect wildlife

06/02/2017

Councils’ use of LED street lighting may need to be managed to reduce its impacts on the environment, according to new research.

Councils to get tough on 'backstreet' puppy breeders

02/02/2017

Councils are to be given greater powers to help crack down on irresponsible puppy breeders under tough new licensing rules announced today.

Council defends camel parade in wake of petition

29/11/2016

A Christmas seafront parade featuring the three wise men riding real-life camels is set to go ahead despite massive opposition.

Councils forced to put down thousands of stray dogs due to out-of-date microchips

27/09/2016

More than 37,000 stray dogs remained unclaimed in council kennels last year, according to new figures from Dogs Trust.

Local authority keeps Pokemon Go players at bay

11/08/2016

A council has secured an agreement to remove Whitney Bay from the Pokemon Go game due to the distress the players were causing the seals.

Council bans release of sky lanterns and balloons

15/06/2016

Worcester City Council has become the latest authority to ban the release of balloons and sky lanterns from its building and land.

Campaigners call for tougher measures to tackle dog fighting

24/05/2016

Campaigners are calling for tougher measures to tackle dog fighting, following a six month investigation into the 'resurgence' of the problem.

Report shows wild animals being kept as pets

23/05/2016

More than 100 councils have issued people with licenses to keep animals such as tigers, lemurs and crocodiles on private property, a new investigation has revealed.

Councils asked to delay hedge cutting to protect wildlife

10/05/2016

The RSPB has urged local authorities not to cut back hedges or trees until September, warning major work can destroy habitats and nests.

Dog microchipping law to deliver significant savings for councils

06/04/2016

Local authorities are expected to save up to £33m a year now that compulsory dog microchipping has come into effect.

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