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Animal Welfare 2024

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I have been involved in the promotion of the cause of Animal welfare since I first entered the House of Commons.

I served, first, on the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Bill Committee and was the founding Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Fund for the Replacement of Animals in Medical Experiments (FRAME). I served for six years as the Chairman of the All-Party Group for Animal welfare and during that time generated trail-blazing reports into puppy farming and, in 1997, the use of performing wild animals in circuses. I also campaigned, with eventual success, for the reform of the Dangerous Dogs Act.

Now, as a Patron of the Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation

(CAWF) , I continue to work to ensure that these matters have their rightful place within the political thinking of the Conservative Party.

During this Parliament we have, through the hard work of CAWF, so ably led by Lorraine Platt, made significant progress with legislation.

The Animal Welfare (Sentience) Act, The Animals (Sentencing) Act, The Glue Traps (Offences) Act, The Animals (Penalty Notices) Act, The Ivory Act, The Animal Welfare (Service Animals Act 2019, the ban on wild animals in travelling circuses, the ban on third-party puppy and kitten sales, the introduction of mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses, The Animals (Low Animal Welfare Activities Abroad) Act, the Shark Fins Act and the ban on the export of live animals for slaughter and fattening have all been put in place.

Certainly there is more to do: the promised ban on the importing of hunting `trophies` was shamefully defeated in the House of Lords and will have to be reintroduced in the next parliament and the issue of puppy smuggling will have to be further addressed .I shall continue to support all of this work.

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Roger Gale holds the RSPCA`s Richard Martin Award in recognition of his work to bring about an end fox hunting, is an Honorary Member of the British Veterinary Association and an Honorary Life Member of the League Against Cruel Sports.

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