What about general animal welfare?

Like many voters, I care deeply about animals. I am very keen to ensure that progress is made in improving animal protection, and I would really like to know more about my candidates’ views on this subject. 

Please could you take a moment to fill in this short questionnaire? https://animalaid.org.uk/election2019

The answers will be sent to Animal Aid (https://animalaid.org.uk), who will display the results on their Vote for Animals website. Please also take a moment to reply to this email and let me know how you have answered.

I do hope that you will seize this opportunity to help improve protection for vulnerable animals in the UK.

Answer:

                I am in favour of increasing animal welfare and preventing animal suffering. 

As a Liberal Democrat MP I will argue for animal sentience to be enshrined in UK law so that due regard is paid to animal welfare in policy making. I will work with other MPs to introduce stronger penalties for animal cruelty offences, increasing the maximum sentencing from six months to five years, and ensure that the National Wildlife Crime Unit is properly funded.

Our party policy is to ban the sale of real fur, end the purchase and keeping of primates as pets, to reduce illegal pet imports. I will support the establishment of an independent regulatory body for horse welfare to prevent abuse and avoidable deaths of racehorses.  The use of animals in scientific experimentation will be formally re-considered, with funding made available for alternative scientific practices. I will continue to work with MEPs from other nations within the EU to ensure that future trade agreements require high environmental and animal welfare standards. I will advocate for legislation to ban the importing of hunting trophies where appropriate.

Preventing Brexit is essential in order to position Britain as a regional and global leader in improving animal welfare.  So action to stop Brexit is not instead of action on animal welfare; the two actually go together.

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