The RSPCA have reflected on the government's performance on the Action Plan for Animals a year on. 

The charity’s scorecard of the Action Plan shows only three out of 39 promises have been successfully completed into law with a further one progressing; 16 promised actions have stalled and the remaining 19 have not started or in the case of genetically altered animals gone into reverse. 

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David Bowles, Head of Public Affairs at the RSPCA, said: "We welcomed the Government’s plan last year as it addressed issues we had been campaigning on for some time and these changes could make a real and lasting difference to animal welfare, but we’re disappointed that one year on and little progress has been made in crucial areas. 

"We are pleased that the Animal Welfare (Sentience) Act has been completed along with the Glue Traps Act and we welcome the announcement of subsidy payments for farmers who farm to higher welfare standards but that is where the good news stops. There are 19 important areas that have sadly seen no movement.

"Indeed this week’s Queen’s Speech only saw one Bill involving animals, allowing gene editing of farm animals, which has serious welfare risks."

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