The advancement of animal welfare is one of the primary precepts in the USPCA mission. Working against a backdrop where Northern Ireland has fallen further behind the rest of the UK and ROI in legislating to enhance animal welfare; the USPCA continues to engage with the NI Assembly to inform and influence the debate on a range of priority animal welfare issues.

There is now a newly-formed All Party Group on Animal Welfare which provides a dedicated platform for cross-party discussion and action on animal welfare and its surrounding issues. 

Aligning with the formation of the All Party Group, the USPCA has also launched its Animal Welfare Manifesto which sets the scene of animal welfare in Northern Ireland and unfortunately reinforces the shortfall in Northern Ireland's current legislation. The Manifesto provides a roadmap of the following animal welfare issues which could help bring Northern Ireland in line with the rest of the UK and ROI and drive real change to protect vulnerable animals within our society.

  • Seeking greater controls on selling puppies on-line in order to tackle the illegal and cruel puppy dealers.
  • The introduction of a register of banned animal welfare offenders.
  • Minimum standards regulations for animal shelters, mobile exhibits, doggy day cares and groomers. 
  • The introduction of Finn’s law to Northern Ireland – protection of service animals.
  • The introduction of Lucy’s law to Northern Ireland – ban on 3rd party sale of puppies under 6 months old.
  • Banning wild animals in circuses.
  • Banning hunting with dogs.
  • Compulsory microchipping of owned cats
  • Badgers & bovine tb. - Providing an informed and balanced view to avoid the indiscriminate culling of this protected species.
  • The risks to animal welfare of Brexit; highlighting the key animal welfare issues which must be addressed in any post Brexit trade agreement.