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Voluntary code launched for animal sanctuaries *H&H Plus*

The new code applies to Wales, while Scotland is due to go to public consultation over related proposals —and there are fears England may be “left behind”. H&H finds out more...

A NEW voluntary code of practice for animal welfare establishments in Wales will form the basis for future regulation and aim to stop “problematic” sanctuaries and rescues – as concerns are raised England is “in danger” of being left behind.

The code, published by the Welsh government and drafted by the Animal Welfare Network for Wales (AWNW) whose members include Redwings, World Horse Welfare and RSPCA Cymru, outlines a framework for rescues and sanctuaries to deliver “exemplary levels” of care and encourage the highest standard of husbandry. It is hoped sanctuaries and rescues will voluntarily follow these guidelines.

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