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Animal Welfare

This Cross-party group's purpose:

To provide a forum for opinion and information sharing about animal welfare; to raise awareness of the importance of animal welfare; where consensus is reached to make proposals to introduce or amend legislation concerning animal welfare and provide information for possible parliamentary questions and motions.

Next meeting

Monday, September 5, 2022

This meeting will be held virtually at 2pm, anyone wishing to attend must contact Karen Coe.

Get in touch

If you want to get in touch, you can contact Karen Coe

Address: The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP

Involved in the group

MSPs, individuals and organisations who participate in and support this group.

Current Members

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale (Constituency)

Colin Smyth

Deputy Convener

Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: South Scotland (Region)

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Ayr (Constituency)

Party: Scottish Green Party

MSP for: North East Scotland (Region)

Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: Central Scotland (Region)

Emma Harper


Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: South Scotland (Region)

Marie McNair


Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Clydebank and Milngavie (Constituency)

Non MSP Individuals

Christine Nevin
Edna Elliot-McColl
Dr Elspeth Stirling
Seonaig Johnston
Jane Stirling
Romain Pizzi
Elaine Henley
Tracy Lygo
George Leslie
Nigel Miller
Allan Sim


Animal Aid
Animal and Plant Health Agency
Animal Concern Advice Line
Association of British Riding Schools
Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC)
Battersea Dog & Cat Home
Blue Cross
Borders Pet Rescue
Born Free Foundation
British Association for Shooting and Conservation
British Egg Industry Council (BEIC)
British Deer Society
British Equine Veterinary Association
British Horse Society
British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA)
British Veterinary Association
British Veterinary Nursing Association
Canine Concern Scotland Trust
Cats Protection
Centre for Animal Welfare Education
Compassion in World Farming
Cruelty Free International
Dog Warden Association Scotland
Dogs Trust
Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home
Farmers For Stock-free Farming
Fostering Compassion
Glo Wild
Horse Rescue Scotland
International Fund for Animal Welfare
Jeanne Marchig Centre for Animal Welfare
League Against Cruel Sports
Local Authority Scottish Animal Health and Welfare
Marine Conservation International
National Farmers Union Scotland
National Wildlife Crime Unit
Naturewatch Foundation
Network for Animals
Nourish Scotland
One Kind
Perth and Kinross Council
Rabbits Require Rights
Rabbit Welfare
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
Scotland Against Greyhound Exploitation (SAGE)
Scotland's Rural College
Scottish Badgers
Scottish Countryside Alliance
Scottish Government (Rural and Environment
Scottish Kennel Club
Scottish Land and Estates
Scottish Racing
Scottish Rural and Agricultural College
Scottish Salmon Producers Org (SSPO)
Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to
The Kennel Club
The Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS)
University of Aberdeen
University of St Andrews
Weimaraner Rescue
Whale and Dolphin Conservation
World Animal Protection
World Horse Welfare