Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Cost of living threatens the welfare of domestic, wild and farm animals

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A new joint report from the UK’s leading animal welfare organizations warns that rising fuel, feed and electricity bills pose the biggest threat to pets, wildlife and farm animals.

Scotland’s SPCA and RSPC experts are working on a new Animal Kindness Index showing that the biggest threat facing animals in the UK is the cost of living crisis.

The report, based on a YouGov survey of more than 4,000 UK adults, found that animal welfare is one of people’s top concerns, with more than two-thirds of the public self-identifying as “animal lovers” and 75% said so , they have performed an act of kindness to animals in the past.

However, the report also revealed that the rising cost of living and keeping pets could be threatening the welfare of our pets. 72% of UK pet owners said they believe the cost of living will have an impact on their pets and nearly 70% expressed concern about the cost of care and a fifth are concerned about how they can afford to care for their pets feed.

Livestock are also at risk as farmers struggle with rising fuel, feed and fertilizer costs.

Gilly Mendes Ferreira, Head of Innovation and Strategic Relations, said: “The research undertaken by the RSPCA as part of their Animal Kindness Index is vital for us to understand key animal welfare trends and the Scottish SPCA is proud to have been involved to have the development of this index.

Emma Slawinski, director of advocacy and policy at the RSPCA, said the UK is “on the brink” of an animal welfare crisis.

She added: “It’s absolutely heartbreaking.”

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