Animal Welfare

Purpose of the group

The purpose of the group is 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. 

Forthcoming meetings

Next meeting:



Annual Return/Report

Group Officers

Group Members

Non MSP Individuals

Karen Coe - secretary

Emma McKenzie

Christine Nevin

Edna Elliot-McColl

Dr Elspeth Stirling 

Seonaig Johnston

Jane Stirling

Romain Pizzi 

Elaine Henley 

Tracy Lygo

George Leslie

Nigel Miller

Allan Sim


Advocates For Rabbit Welfare

Advocates For Rabbit Welfare 

Animal Aid

Animal and Plant Health Agency

Animal Concern Advice Line

Animal Welfare Foundation

Association of British Riding Schools


Blue Cross

Borders Pet Rescue

Born Free Foundation

British Association of Shooting and Conservation

British Deer Society

British Egg Industry Council

British Horse Society

British Small Animal Veterinary Association

British Veterinary Association 

Cats Protection

Compassion in World Farming Volunteer Group

Dog Theft Facebook Group

Dogs Trust

Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home

Edinburgh Napier University 

Fostering Compassion

Horse Rescue Scotland

International Fund for Animal Welfare

Jeanne Marchig International  Centre for Animal Welfare Education 

Kennel Club

MacRoberts LLP


National Wildlife Crime Unit

Naturewatch Foundation


News Direct

Nourish Scotland



Perth and Kinross Council 

Rabbit Welfare


Greyhound Welfare

SAGE Scotland Against Greyhound Exploitation

Scottish Government

Scottish Kennel Club

Scottish Parliament (CPG Clerks)

Scottish Racing

Scottish Rural and Agricultural College

Society for Companion Animal Studies 


University of St Andrews

West Pilton & West Granton Community Council

Whale and Dolphin Conservation

World Horse Welfare


Cats Protection

Scottish Badgers

Get involved

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Cross Party Groups and GDPR

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