We responded to the Scottish Parliament call for views on the Good Food Nation Bill. We emphasised the importance that this Bill supports and requires improvements in farmed animal welfare. Food produced in ways that cause animal suffering is not good food.
This is our response to the Scottish Government consultation on proposed changes to the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002, which aim to close the loopholes that allow foxhunting to continue.
We responded to the DEFRA call for evidence on labelling for animal welfare.
In our response to the Scottish Parliament call for views on the United Kingdom Internal Market Act 2020 we outlined the danger that this will create a ‘freezing effect’ where no UK nation is willing to improve farmed animal welfare.
The Scottish Government is planning a new subsidy scheme for farmers. We are concerned that it does not prioritise animal welfare improvements, and said so in this consultation response.
A consultation about proposed changes to the rules for bringing companion animals into Great Britain. Changes such as banning the import of very young and pregnant animals could help tackle the puppy trade.
The Scottish Government commissioned an independent review of aquaculture regulation. We outlined the significant welfare concerns on salmon farms and the flaws in regulation that allow them to continue.
We expressed our strong opposition to the fur trade, and recommended a ban on the sale and import of fur.
Consultation response assessing proposed changes to dog control legislation in Scotland, April 2021.
DEFRA consulted on a proposed ban on live exports, and changes aiming to improve welfare of animals during transport, in response to a Farm Animal Welfare Committee (FAWC) opinion. This is our response.
The Scottish Government consulted on proposed changes aiming to improve welfare of animals during transport, in response to a Farm Animal Welfare Committee (FAWC) opinion. This is our response.
OneKind’s response to the European Commission consultation evaluating the EU animal welfare strategy 2012-2105. Overall, the strategy failed to bring substantial welfare improvements.
OneKind parliamentary briefing for Wild Animals in Travelling Circuses (Scotland) Bill, Stage 3, December 2017.
OneKind response to SG consultation on dog, cat and rabbit breeding, November 2018
OneKind’s consultation response to the Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Powers and Protections) (Scotland) Bill. We are fully supportive of the proposals to increase maximum penalties under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006.
OK response to DEFRA consultation on live transport of animals, April 2018
OK response to SG consultation on CCTV in slaughterhouses, April 2018
OK response to SG consultation on licensing and registration of sanctuaries and rescues, March 2018.
OneKind’s response to Lord Bonomy’s review of the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002, March 2016
OneKind’s consultation response on controls on the import and export of hunting trophies. Our preference is for a ban on all hunting trophies entering and leaving the UK.
OneKind’s consultation response on proposed new control measures for the wild wrasse fishery (for use as cleaner fish on salmon farms). We largely support the introduction of regulation of this industry, but have raised several welfare concerns.
OneKind response to SNH consultation on General Licensing in Scotland. We believe that SNH not consulting on the principle of General Licences is a missed opportunity to address both the legality of the current General Licences 1-3 and the wider principles behind such a system, including issues of animal welfare.
OneKind’s response to Alison Johnstone MSP’s Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland Bill). We are largely very supportive of the proposals, that would offer greater legal protection to Scotland’s foxes and hares and close the loophole that currently allows fox hunting to continue.
OneKind’s response to the proposed Protection of Livestock (Scotland) Bill.
OneKind’s response to the Scottish Government’s Animal Health and Welfare Act Amendment Consultation.
OneKind’s response to the Scottish Government consultation on fireworks in which we believe there should be stronger regulations on the sale and use of fireworks to make sure animals are not caused unnecessary suffering.
OneKind’s response to the consultation on the Good Food National Proposals for Legislation in which we believe that quality food must include animal welfare.
This briefing was produced to help OneKind Animal Advocates answer the Scottish Government’s consultation on the licensing of dog, cat and rabbit breeding activities in Scotland.
OneKind’s response to the consultation on the Proposed Pet Shop (Licensing) (Scotland) Bill.
This briefing was produced to help OneKind Animal Advocates answer the Scottish Government’s consultation on introduction of compulsory closed circuit TV recording of slaughter at abattoirs in Scotland
OneKind’s submission to the Environmental, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee on the environmental impacts of salmon farming.
These comments on the proposed review of the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 were submitted to the Scottish Government in August 2016. We make the case for stronger sentencing of animal cruelty crimes, new secondary legislation to make the Act more effective and greater effort and support for enforcement at the Local Authority… Read more
OneKind’s submission to the review of the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002 by Lord Bonomy for the Scottish Government. We make the case for the Act to be strengthened and loopholes to be closed so that fox hunting is banned in Scotland for good.
OneKind has responded to the Scottish Government consultation on a proposed introduction to permit tail docking of working Spaniels and Hunt Point Retrievers.
OneKind has responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the use of electronic training devices.
OneKind has responded to a Scottish Government consultation on wild animals in travelling circuses.
We believe that the central principle in this debate should be that the culling of deer should be kept to an absolute minimum. Wherever possible, alternatives to culling should be used both to control the size of the deer population and as a means of avoiding damage by deer to woodlands and agricultural production of… Read more
The OneKind solution is that all dog owners should be subject to a free licensing scheme designed to promote responsible dog ownership. The licence would follow the model of existing “general licences” which allow people to carry out activities, while placing conditions on the conduct of the activity and providing sanctions for breaches.
OneKind welcomes the Government’s commitment to ban the testing of household products on animals and supports its implementation by adding a condition to relevant project licences using the licensing powers provided under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986. OneKind believes however that if the household products ban is to offer meaningful additional protection for animals,… Read more
OneKind is pleased that East Ayrshire Council is considering extending its policy on the use of Council land by circuses using animals, and grateful for the opportunity to submit views on this matter.
OneKind welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Home Office consultation on options for the transposition of European Directive 2010/63/EU on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes into UK legislation.
OneKind has responded to a review of technical standards by the UK organisation Assured Food Standards (AFS) that develops and promotes the Red Tractor farm assurance scheme.
OneKind would like to state at the outset that we are equally concerned about the welfare of badgers and cattle. We believe that the Government’s approach to tackling bovine TB must be science-based and must take full account of the welfare of both of these species.
We welcome the scientific study by the University of Bristol and the Royal Veterinary College on the risk factors for tail injuries in dogs, and the clarification it provides about these issues.
We welcome the opportunity to comment on the draft code of practice on the welfare of gamebirds reared for sporting purposes. Our responses to key questions in the consultation are set out in the document.
The large majority of commercial laying hens are still routinely beak-trimmed in all types of husbandry systems. In about 90% of cases, the infra-red (IR)-beam method is used, which has superseded the hot-blade method of beak-trimming in most hatcheries.
We believe that routine painful mutilations such as castration and tail-docking of food animals are out of step with modern standards of respect for animal welfare and would like to see the Scottish Government, the industry and food retailers taking urgent measures to phase them out entirely.
We believe that a complete ban on wild animals in travelling circuses (both terms as defined in the Impact Assessment) is extremely desirable and indeed, overdue.
We are grateful for the opportunity to respond to the consultation on the hot branding of equines in Scotland.
We welcome the proposals for new measures to modernise certain parts of wildlife legislation and is pleased to submit the following response. We wish to draw attention to our response to Question 64 on the creation of a new offence of tampering with a legally set snare.
We receive approximately 300 specific reports and complaints from the public each year about the welfare of animals. Approximately 50% of these concern wild animals. We carry out a limited number of investigations resulting from these calls, as well as in support of our campaigns to improve the welfare of wild animals.
The strategy under consultation from Scottish Natural Heritage only concerns grey squirrel control, which is not the only action required to protect red squirrels. We are also concerned by the emphasis on killing grey squirrels as the primary means of controlling these animals, and we believe that alternatives such as habitat management should be given… Read more
We welcome the opportunity to respond to DEFRA’s consultation on proposals for welfare of racing greyhounds regulations. Although we would ultimately like to see an end to this exploitation of animals, until that time we welcome measures to improve the welfare of the animals involved.
We agree with the rationale and justification for strongholds. We oppose the killing (‘controlling’) of grey squirrels in an attempt to help conserve red squirrels. Thus we support the general idea of strongholds but we do not agree with grey squirrels being killed in or around them.
Farmed animal welfare in the UK is still much less than adequate, let alone optimal, and some sectors or practices remain completely unacceptable.
We welcome the opportunity to submit comments on the welfare implications of mutilations for growing pigs and the effect of environmental enrichment.
We welcome the opportunity to comment on the proposal for a Council Regulation on the protection of animals at the time of killing.
We welcome the opportunity to comment on the proposed Regulations for the welfare of broiler chickens. We are strongly opposed to the inclusion of the option for producers to stock at levels above 33kg/m2.
We welcome the opportunity to comment on the proposed Regulations and revised Code for the welfare of broiler chickens. We are strongly opposed to the inclusion of the option for producers to stock up to a maximum of 42kg/m2.
We welcome the opportunity to contribute to the consultation on a national food policy for Scotland. We support the view that Scotland must aim to guarantee a future where food is wholesome, healthy and produced in an environmentally- and animal-welfare-friendly way.
We welcome the proposal to modernise the law on dangerous dogs and finds much to support in the consultation paper. We welcome the proposal to modernise the law on dangerous dogs and finds much to support in the consultation paper.
The sentient animals used in aquaculture are the industry’s primary resource – and good animal welfare standards should be absolutely fundamental. Animal welfare must occupy at least as high a priority in aquaculture as it does in the farming of terrestrial animals.
We believe a duty of care for wild deer should be laid down in legislation. A code has an important role to play in explaining the practical implications of the legislation although such a code should be seen as supplementing legislation, not as a substitute for it.
We understand the rationale for arranging licences so that they are defined in terms of function rather than method, and we think that the grouping within the numerical list is logical.
We are grateful for the opportunity to comment on the proposed regulations. We support the premise of Section 20 of the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 that it should be an offence to mutilate an animal, that is, “to interfere with the sensitive tissues or bone structure of an animal”.
It is now widely recognised by scientists that fish have the capacity for suffering, although it may be different in degree and kind from the human experience.
We welcome many of the proposals on nutrition and health promotion in Scottish schools, in particular the many references to fruit, vegetables and cereals. It is of course essential that children are provided with all the essential nutrients which make up a healthy diet and it is imperative that the idea of healthy eating should… Read more
We welcome the consultation on the proposed amendment to the Welfare of Animals (Slaughter or Killing) Regulations 1995, to provide for the use of gas as a method of killing large numbers of birds under certain specific conditions.
We warmly welcome the proposal to enact a new Animal Welfare Bill. We hope this will result in considerably strengthened animal welfare legislation. In general, we welcome the definition proposed in the Consultation Document. We are, however extremely concerned about the possibility, mentioned at a meeting with SEERAD, that crustaceans may be removed from the… Read more