EU Referendum - Animal Welfare
  • The Guardian letters page - Animal Protection
  • 21/04/16
  • The letter below appeared in The Guardian letters Page on 21st April 2016. The link to the website is above.

    Itís important to consider how animal protection would be affected, were the UK to leave the EU. By working with other nations, international issues such as illegal trafficking of wildlife and destruction of habitats can be addressed far more effectively. The EU is at the forefront of fighting cosmetics cruelty, having banned cosmetics testing on animals as well as the sale of animal-tested cosmetic ingredients Ė shaping industry and regulatory practice worldwide. The EU has raised welfare standards for farm animals, for example, banning the confinement of breeding sows in narrow stalls.

    Individual governments can come under significant pressure from corporate lobbyists to weaken or remove binding standards on animal protection. In this context, EU-wide minimum standards to tackle animal cruelty are more important than ever.

    Animal advocates know that EU rules on animal protection donít go nearly far enough, but to improve the standards, we need to remain part of the EU and strive to make them stronger. On some critical animal protection issues, such as banning of testing for cosmetics on animals, the UK has actually shown leadership in the EU; we have played a full part in shaping EU-wide standards, and should continue to do so. We believe that animals need the EU, and we encourage everyone who cares about animals to vote Remain.

    Caroline Lucas MP
    Green, Brighton Pavilion
    Kerry McCarthy MP
    Labour, Bristol East, Shadow secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs
    Sir Roger Gale MP
    Conservative, Thanet North, Patron of the Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation
    Tom Brake MP
    Liberal Democrat, Carshalton and Wallington, Foreign affairs spokesman and chief whip
    Hywel Williams MP
    Plaid Cymru, Arfon, Westminster leader
    Alyn Smith MEP
    Scottish National party
    Keith Taylor MEP
    Green party animal spokesperson, South-East England
    Glenis Willmott MEP
    Leader of Labour MEPs, East of England
    Catherine Bearder MEP
    Liberal Democrat, South East England
    Jill Evans MEP
    Plaid Cymru, Wales
    Mary Creagh MP
    Labour, Wakefield, Chair of the environmental audit committee
    Mike Gapes MP
    Labour and Co-operative, Ilford South
    Paul Flynn MP
    Labour, Newport West
    Neil Parish MP
    Conservative, Tiverton and Honiton
    Kathryn Parminter
    Liberal Democrats, Deputy leader in the House of Lords, Spokesperson for environment and rural affairs
    Greg Mulholland MP
    Liberal Democrat, Leeds North West
    Jim Dowd MP
    Labour, Lewisham West and Penge
    Cat Smith MP
    Labour, Lancaster and Fleetwood
    Jeff Smith MP
    Labour, Manchester, Withington
    Nick Thomas-Symonds MP
    Labour, Torfaen
    Daniel Zeichner MP
    Labour, Cambridge
    Liz Saville-Roberts MP
    Plaid Cymru, Dwyfor Meirionnydd
    Thangham Debbonaire MP
    Labour, Bristol West
    Molly Scott Cato MEP
    Green, South-West England
    Jean Lambert MEP
    Green, London
    Anneliese Dodds MEP
    Labour, South-East England
    Richard Howitt MEP
    Labour, East of England
    Seb Dance MEP
    Labour, London
    Derek Vaughan MEP
    Labour, Wales
    Mary Honeyball MEP
    Labour, London
    Afzal Khan MEP
    Labour, North-West England
    Jude Kirton-Darling MEP
    Labour, North-East England
    Paul Brannen MEP
    Labour, North-East England
    Neena Gill MEP
    Labour, West Midlands
    Julie Ward MEP
    Labour, North-West England
    Caroline Dinenage MP
    Conservative, Gosport

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