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Animal Welfare Update

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Every few months my website will carry news items concerned with animal welfare compiled by my staff. I hope you find the items useful and interesting.

Badger Cull

Pilot badger culls were started by the government in August 2013. Despite only being planned for a 6 week period, the pilot culls in both Gloucestershire and Somerset were extended as a result of the failure to cull 70% of the badgers in the areas.

Whilst recognising that Bovine Tuberculosis is a huge animal disease challenge, Meg believes that the government has got this seriously wrong, and she opposes the cull because it is both ineffective, and inhumane.

This is a view shared by the Badger Trust who commented: ‘The Coalition Government claims the pilots were to check whether the free shooting method was effective, safe and humane. To be effective culling must be simultaneous and coordinated. The pilots have achieved neither, and checks on humaneness have been abandoned.’

Meg has argued that the government should be overseeing stricter management of cattle movements and prioritising badger and cattle vaccination. She has written to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to call for a full parliamentary debate on the outcome of the pilot badger culls.

For further information visit: http://www.badger.org.uk/content/News.asp

Hunting Act Reform

The government has stated that it intends to hold a free vote on repeal of the hunting ban during this Parliament. Meg remains fundamentally opposed to fox hunting, and will be voting against any amendment which would see a relaxation of the Hunting Act 2004.

Meg believes that the majority of the public continue to oppose a return to cruelty and that the Tories are giving in to pressure from the pro-hunting lobby.

For further information visit: http://www.league.org.uk/content/294/Hunting

Fly Grazing

A recent report from some of the major horse welfare charities, including the RSPCA, Redwings and World Horse Welfare, highlighted the plight of 7,000 horses across England and Wales who are at the risk of suffering as a result of the increase in fly grazing and abandonment.

Meg believes that we need better legislation and enforcement to track down irresponsible owners; education for those who leave their animals to indiscriminately breed and more flexibility for local authorities to provide us with more help to deal with the numbers of horses left to breed, graze, suffer and often die on other peoples’ land.

She has written to the Secretary of State on this issue.

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Wild Animals in Circuses

The House of Commons Library has produced a briefing note setting out the government’s initial decision not to ban wild animals in circuses, but introduce a licensing scheme instead.

Meg does not agree with the government decision and believes that the use of wild animals in circuses is cruel, outdated and should be stopped. She has called on the government to think again on this issue. 

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