RSPCA Animal Welfare Footprint

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Reptiles are up, wild birds are down, chickens are getting better but monkeys aren’t moving, according to a ground-breaking report from the RSPCA published Monday.

The charity’s second annual statistical look at animal welfare in the UK, taking in wildlife to farming, research animals to pets, highlights several stories including:

The proportion of people who feel that for a society to be truly civilised, animal welfare must be a key priority has leapt from 54% to 73% in the last year. 1 · Six out of ten people think that supermarkets should stop selling eggs laid by hens in cages*but more than six out of ten eggs still come from hens kept in this way. 2 · As few as one in five pet shops selling ‘exotic’ animals such as snakes and primates offer free written information to customers, according to a snapshot RSPCA survey. People buying pets have a legal responsibility to look after them properly, and accessible information from pet shops would help them do this.3 · The number of wild-caught birds imported into the EU has plummeted from 72,000 in 2003 to 11 last year, following a recent ban. But the number of wild-caught reptiles imported has increased from 11,000 to 18,400.

A huge increase in the number of meat chickens raised to higher-welfare standards, quadrupling from 10 million in 2004 to more than 40 million this year. However this is still less than 5% of the market.

Download the full report here.

HEADLINES:
[22.10.07] Politics.co.uk
RSPCA Animal Welfare Footprint

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