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Welsh MPs vote in favour of circus ban
"The vote was great news for animals - with the spectre of wild animals in travelling circuses one steop closer to being resigned to Wales' history books" - Dr Ross Clubb, RSPCA.

Legislation would end use of wild animals in travelling circuses

Members of the National Assembly for Wales have voted unanimously in favour of a law that will ban the use of wild animals in travelling circuses in the country.

The vote took place in Welsh Parliament on Tuesday (7 January), with all members of the Senedd voting in its favour. RSPCA Cymru, which has long backed the campaign, said the vote brings a ban on the out-dated practice 'one step closer'.

Dr Ros Clubb, RSPCA senior scientific manager specialising in captive wild animals, said: "This vote was great news for animals - with the spectre of wild animals in travelling circuses one step closer to being consigned to Wales' history books.

"The transient nature of these circuses make things so difficult for the animals. Forced training, unsuitable accommodation, difficult journeys and unnatural social groupings all likely compromise their welfare and are a source of stress.”

The RSPCA’s call to further improve legislation - and free wild animals from confinement and forced training - received the support of politicians from across the political sphere. The MPs highlighted the need to remove potential loopholes, tighten enforcement provisions and bringing the law into force sooner.

"We're so grateful to everyone who has backed the RSPCA's long-standing campaign on this issue. It will make such a powerful statement when this out-dated practice is finally brought to an end in Wales,” Dr Clubb continued.

"It was also great to see politicians from across the political spectrum highlight RSPCA suggestions to further improve this important law. We look forward to continuing to work with the Welsh Government and Members of the Senedd to ensure this ban is as effective as possible and comes into force as soon as possible."

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Kennel Club appoints new chief executive

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 The Kennel Club has announced the appointment of Mark Beazley, who was previously Cats Protection's director of operations, as chief executive. Mark replaces Rosemary Smart, who stepped down from the role in April after 18 years.

Mark has held several senior strategic and executive roles, including executive director at Dogs Trust Ireland and chair of the Companion Animal Working Group at Eurogroup for Animals. He was also heavily involved in the establishment of the Eu Cat and Dog Alliance.

Mark will take up his new role in October. 

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International Cat Care appoints new head of veterinary division

International Cat Care (ICC) has announced the appointment of Nathalie Dowgray as head of the charity's veterinary division.

Nathalie, who is an RCVS advanced practitioner in feline medicine, will lead the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) and a play key role in advancing knowledge and research in feline medicine.

Claire Bessant, iCatCare's chief executive said: "We're absolutely delighted to be welcoming Nathalie to the charity. She brings a depth and breadth of feline expertise and understanding which fits perfectly with the charity's work and development, and her enthusiasm for cats is infectious."