Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, joined the RSCPA earlier this week to discuss the urgent need for animal welfare legislation to secure a better future for animals.
The RSPCA is asking the UK Government to ensure it passes the legislation it committed to, which was included in the recently dropped Kept Animals Bill, on primates as pets, live exports, puppy smuggling and Livestock Worrying.
Recently, the Government announced its decision to scrap its pledges on animal welfare, a decision Gwynne has branded “shameful”.
At the event, Gwynne and the RSPCA also discussed the need for strengthening dog breeding laws, ensuring animal welfare is protected in trade agreements, strengthening protections for wild animals and calling for animal welfare to be taught in schools.
Commenting, Andrew Gwynne said:
“I’m proud to be supporting the RSPCA. The Government’s decision to scrap the kept animals bill was appalling, and I’ll keep putting pressure on them in Westminster to think again.
“Britain can and should be a world leader in animal welfare. I look forward to working alongside the RSCPA to make that a reality.”
Harriet Main, public affairs manager at the RSPCA added:
“We’re really pleased that Andrew attended our drop-in event to find out how he can support the RSPCA in their mission to progress animal welfare standards as well as providing information to his constituents.”
“There are pressing issues on the political agenda, but the commitments made to animal welfare need to remain intact. We want a firm commitment from the Government that positive changes are on the horizon.”
Pictured above: Gwynne with an RSPCA inspector at a Parliamentary event earlier this week.