ANIMAL WELFARE DEBATE 30TH MARCH – URGE YOUR MP TO ATTEND

Posted: March 26, 2017 in Diary

We are pleased to announce Neil Parish MP, Chairman of the EFRA Committee has secured a Commons Main Chamber debate this Thursday 30th March, 2017 at 11.30am. There are two vital animal welfare issues being debated:

1: Banning the sale of puppies via third parties
2: Increasing the maximum custodial sentence for animal cruelty

We are now calling on the public to write to their own MP urging them to attend this vital debate. Many MPs stated during the Pup Aid petition debate in September 2014 that they had received a record number of constituent emails – let’s ensure the same thing happens for this debate.

We have placed below a template letter for you to use. You can obtain your MP contact details at the Find Your MP link, alternatively you can write to your MP via the automated Write To Them website.

TEMPLATE LETTER (PLEASE COPY AND PASTE):

Dear (insert MP name)

As my representative in Westminster, I urge you to attend the debate in the Commons Main Chamber this Thursday 30th March, 2017 at 11.30am. There are two vital animal welfare issues being debated:

1: Banning the sale of puppies via third parties
2: Increasing the maximum custodial sentence for animal cruelty

Both of these recommendations from the EFRA Committee were recently dismissed by DEFRA which I find deeply disturbing and wholly unsatisfactory. I am looking to you to not only represent my views on this, but to be a voice for animals that need us all to be their voice more than ever before.

Chairman of the EFRA Committee Neil Parish MP says “Our inquiry into animal welfare highlighted the scale of the puppy trade in the UK. The quality of life of the puppies vary considerably and I believe that banning the third party sale of dogs is essential to improving the condition of dogs sold in the UK. Since the publication of our report, many welfare organisations, such as the RSPCA, have changed their minds on third party sales and agree that there should be a ban. I will be urging the Government to look again at this issue.

During our inquiry, we found that incidences of inhumane treatment of animals are all too common. Sentencing powers under the Animal Welfare Act are some of the weakest within the international community. The Animal Welfare Act was a landmark piece of legislation in 2006, but it is now time for the Government to legislate to increase the maximum custodial sentence for animal cruelty. I believe that the maximum penalty should be increased to five years.”

I would also like to bring to your attention the links between the abuse of children and vulnerable adults and animal abuse. So, whether you consider yourself to be an animal lover or not, the issue of animal cruelty affects our society as a whole.

The sale of puppies by licensed third parties including pet shops and by dealers in 2017 is unacceptable, as it has been scientifically proven to be detrimental to their physical and behavioural health – leading to long term problems for owners.  The third party trade is also the primary reason for the existence of cruel puppy farms – where dogs are produced as a cash crop with no thought for their wellbeing; again this link is indisputable. Retailing puppies through licensed pet shops reduces our most valued canine companions merely to the status of commodities, encourages irresponsible impulse purchasing and is impossible to regulate to an appropriate standard. This leaves animals and consumers vulnerable to unscrupulous sellers and simply cannot be justified on any grounds.

I realise that this debate falls on the last day Parliament sits before recess, however I cannot stress enough how much your presence at this debate will be valued by me and fellow constituents who feel strongly about animal welfare. I hope that these issues are also of importance to you personally and to the party you represent.

I would be extremely grateful if you would confirm whether you will be attending and that you will be supporting the EFRA recommendations.

Yours sincerely,

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