February 25, 2019

The 14th Anniversary of Labour’s Fox Hunting Ban

Labour’s fox hunting ban was a landmark piece of legislation, part of the animal welfare revolution led by the last Labour Government. I’m still really proud that we outlawed hunting with hounds in the face of fierce opposition from the Tories who have repeatedly promised to call a vote in parliament to bring this barbarous practice back. But the experience of those 14 years have taught us how we …

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November 21, 2018

Enough is Enough, Trophy Hunting Should End

Last week I joined with 68 other Members of Parliament from across the political spectrum to call on the Government to ban the importing of hunting trophies. Hunting trophies are body parts (often the head) taken from animals that have been shot and killed by trophy hunters.   These hunters often focus on the magnificent and endangered animals of Sub-Saharan Africa such …

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November 13, 2018

Horse Tethering

A lot of people have emailed in about the issue of horse tethering so I would like to take a moment to set out what I have been doing on this important issue. I have raised this issue with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Secretary of State Michael Gove. I asked the below question; “… …

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October 10, 2017

Pressure from Activists and MPs Force UK Government U-Turn on Ivory Trade

Pressure from activists and Labour MPs has forced the Government into another u-turn. In the face of massive public support for a full ban on the ivory trade the Government has said it will launch a consultation on banning the ivory trade in antiques in the UK. It has repeatedly promised this before, but caved into to pressure from the …

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June 5, 2017

Animal Welfare Policy

Lots of people have written to me about animal welfare. The Tory government’s record on animal welfare issues is very poor, and I will stand up against cruelty and hunting in Parliament. I share the deep anger of very many people in Cardiff Central about the Tories’ stance on animal welfare. Whilst I was your MP, I did everything I …

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September 20, 2016

What The Fox?

I was appalled to learn this week that the Tories intend to push ahead with a vote to repeal the ban on fox hunting. Hunting with dogs was banned by Labour in 2005 in reaction to the strength of public feeling against the cruelty of wild animals being chased, often to the point of exhaustion, before being purposely set upon …

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