OneKind is delighted to welcome today’s announcement of the Chair of Scotland’s first ever independent Animal Welfare Commission.
The Commission, which will focus on protecting wild and companion animals while also providing scientific and ethical advice to government will be chaired by Professor Cathy Dwyer, Professor of Animal Behaviour and Welfare at Scotland’s Rural College.
OneKind Director Bob Elliot said:
“We are delighted to see Scottish Government deliver on the commitment made by Rural Affairs Minister, Mairi Gougeon MSP, to create an independent body with a focus on the welfare of all animals in Scotland. This is not only a first in Scotland, it is a first in the UK and has the potential to raise our standards and set a shining example for other administrations.
“We particularly welcome the recognition of the welfare needs of sentient animals in the proposed remit for the Commission. This is something that OneKind has lobbied for and it is so positive that the Scottish Government is listening to stakeholders.”
The remit of the Commission includes examining how the welfare needs of sentient animals are being met by devolved policy, and possible legislative and non-legislative routes to further protect the welfare of sentient animals.
Eleven Commissioners are to be recruited by open advertisement and interview to sit on the Commission in an individual capacity, and not as representatives of particular groups or organisations.
The Scottish Government announcement can be found here: