National Assembly for Wales hosts the launch of the Companion Animal Welfare Group Wales (CAWGW)

Friday 12th July 2019

The Companion Animal Welfare Group Wales (CAWGW) held its official launch at the National Assembly for Wales on Tuesday 2nd July.

Reflecting the fact that the welfare of companion animals is a topic that has cross-party support, the event was kindly sponsored by Assembly Members Bethan Sayed (Plaid Cymru), Andrew RT Davies (Welsh Conservative Party) and Dawn Bowden (Labour). Lesley Griffiths AM, Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs also supported the launch with a video message to guests.

Speaking at the event the group’s chair Christine Chapman spoke passionately about the role companion animals have on the wellbeing of not only individuals but society as a whole. Christine explained that CAWGW comprises of dedicated partner members, who will provide a strong voice and expertise to ensure that companion animal welfare is kept firmly on the political agenda in Wales. Welcoming the group, Christine acknowledged the many challenges facing the nation’s pets and their welfare, demonstrating how important the group will be in contributing to finding solutions for the benefit of companion animals and their owners.

Assembly Members were invited to attend to find out more about the CAWGW’s priorities which include informing and advising on issues such as the breeding, sale and microchipping of cats and dogs and responsible pet ownership. The Assembly Members who attended the launch very much welcomed the group, which was established solely to improve the welfare of companion animals across Wales.