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Labour’s Plan to Protect Animals

Chesterfield’s MP, Toby Perkins, cares passionately about animal welfare.


As Toby explains: “Since I was elected in 2010 I have also personally been involved in campaigns to support animal welfare, I spoke and voted against the badger cull and questioned DEFRA on their disastrous plan to kill buzzards to protect pheasant shoots.”

The last Labour Government made real progress on animal welfare with a record that included:

  • Banning fur farming and working in Europe to ban imports of cat and dog fur into the EU;
  • Refusing to license any testing on great apes (such as chimpanzees, orang-utans and gorillas);
  • Securing better welfare standards at a European level for battery hens and meat chickens and secured an EU-wide ban on the trade in seal fur.
  • Introduced the Hunting Act 2004, outlawing the killing of foxes, hares, mink and deer by dogs, consigning centuries of cruelty to the dustbin.

It is now clear that the next Labour government will be just as ambitious in protecting and improving standards of animal welfare, with clear pledges to:

  • Defend the Hunting Act which the Tories plan to repeal;
  • Bann the cruel practice of wild animals in circuses;
  • End the Government’s ineffective and inhumane badger culls;
  • Improve the welfare of dogs and cats by reviewing ineffective regulation of their breeding and sale;
  • Tackle wildlife crime and reducing animal cruelty on shooting estates;
  • Lead the fight against global animal cruelty.

These pledges were revealed earlier this week when Maria Eagle MP, Labour’s Shadow Environment Secretary, released a new pamphlet – Labour’s Plan to Protect Animals – which you can read in full here:

By putting these policies at the front and centre of the general election campaign, with strong support from senior figures right up to the Leader of the Party Ed Miliband, Labour have demonstrated the political commitment to this vital topic.

This all stands in stark contrast to the attitude of the Conservative Party.

As widely reported in the media, prizes on auction at the Tories’ annual Black and White Fundraiser Ball earlier this month included a deer-stalking weekend and a trip to shoot 500 pheasants, which sold for over £110,000 –

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I am Toby Perkins, Labour's Member of Parliament for Chesterfield. If you would like to get in touch with me, my office is open and can be reached by phone on 01246 386 286. I also hold regular surgeries so that constituents can meet me and I can take up their concerns. If you would like to make an appointment then please do contact my office. Thank you for visiting.

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