The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) is hosting a debate on who is responsible for animal welfare and where challenges on the issue will occur in the future.

The debate – hosted as the RSPCA celebrates its 190-year anniversary – will have an invited audience of roughly 60 experts who have in interest and/or role in improving animal welfare including animal charities, government bodies, supermarkets and pet owners. David Bowles, the RSPCA’s head of public affairs, will be chairing the event and a panel of five experts will include:

  • environment minister Lord de Mauley
  • expert in animal welfare in research Robert Garner
  • John Webster, an expert in animal welfare in farming
  • the Born Free Foundation’s Will Travers
  • shadow environment minister Angela Smith

According to the charity, the debate also intends to inform the direction of the RSPCA, culminating in the launch of a 10-year plan to improve the welfare of animals in this country as well as taking the charity to its 200th anniversary.

The charity is calling on animal lovers of all kinds to join in the debate – which will take place during RSPCA Week (June 14-22, 2014) – by using the hashtag #RSPCAWeek.

It is taking place on St Martin’s Lane, London, which was the location of the charity’s first meeting in 1824. The building, now a Pret-A-Manger, was the Old Slaughter’s Coffee House, where the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was born.

For more informations, visit the RSPCA’s website.

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