Alyn Honorary Vice President Of SSPCA

12 July 2011

Alyn Smith, SNP Member of the European Parliament, has been appointed as a new Vice President of the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA).


Scotland's leading animal welfare charity, which saves thousands of domestic, farm and wild animals from harm every year, has selected Alyn as a new Vice President in recognition of his campaigning for improved animal rights within the European Parliament and support for the organisation in Scotland.

The SSPCA, which has rescue centres across the country, rehomes thousands of animals every year. In addition, the charity runs an animal welfare education programme in schools and community centres. They receive no government or lottery funding and rely on public donations only.

Alyn's work in the European Parliament has often touched upon issues relating to animal welfare. In addition to his work as a full member of the Parliament's Agriculture Committee, Alyn has worked closely with World Horse Welfare in their campaign to end the long-distance transportation of horses for slaughter; he has been vocal in his support for a full ban on bull-fighting and more recently, Alyn has added pressure on the Commission to uphold a marketing ban which would see the end of testing of cosmetic products on animals.

Chief Executive of the SSPCA, Stuart Earley commented,

"Alyn Smith has been a friend of the Scottish SPCA and long term supporter for many years.

"During one of his regular days of 'work experience' with one of our inspectors, we were really impressed with his hands on approach. We are delighted that he has accepted our invitation to become one of our Vice Presidents".

Alyn added,

"I am absolutely delighted to be offered the position of Vice President of the SSPCA. Their work in rescuing and re - homing Scotland's abandoned, neglected and defenceless animals is absolutely vital.

"I'm honoured to be working with a charity which has made such a massive contribution to animal welfare across Scotland."