Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

Animal cruelty sentencing

I understand the concerns on this issue and I agree that there is no place in this country for animal cruelty. I want to make sure that those who abuse animals are met with the full force of the law. I am therefore delighted that a new Bill which will

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Reusable nappies

I agree that we need to do all we can to encourage people to recycle and use resources efficiently. I believe reusable nappies can make a valuable contribution to reducing residual waste that has to be disposed of to landfill or incineration. The Government is committed to eliminating all avoidable

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Trophy hunting imports

I understand concerns about trophy hunting imports and I agree that it is important we protect endangered animals across the world. I am encouraged that the UK Government is committed to conserving the world’s wildlife. The wildlife trade is regulated by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, whose approach is

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Water industry ownership

I strongly believe that properly regulated private markets are the best way to meet the ongoing needs of water customers and the environment. I do not support re-nationalising the water industry and I am glad that the Government has no intention of doing so. Since privatisation we have seen £140

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Puppy smuggling

I share concerns about puppies being smuggled across borders, and am grateful to the Dogs Trust for highlighting the issue. Responsibility for stopping illegal movement begins in the country where puppies are born, so the Chief Veterinary Officer has written to the authorities in highlighted countries to remind them of

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Horse tethering

I support the highest standards of animal welfare and agree about the importance of protecting these gentle, sensitive creatures. The Animal Welfare Act 2006 makes it an offence to cause any unnecessary suffering to animals, or for a responsible party to fail to provide for their welfare. The statutory Code

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Live animal exports

All animals deserve to be respected and cared for at every stage of their lives. The UK has some of the highest animal welfare standards in the world, and I am pleased that my Party’s General Election manifesto included a commitment to take early steps to control the export of

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Animal sentience

I think it is only right to start off by saying the initial news stories and resulting petitions etc were based on a grotesque misrepresentation of the Government’s views, and were in some cases a scurrilous attack on the character of many honourable Members of Parliament. It is right that

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Factory farming

I understand the strength of feeling about factory farming and I am committed to the highest standards of animal welfare, including on farms. The UK’s strong commitment in this area is reflected in World Animal Protection’s recent Animal Protection Index, which judged 50 countries on their policy and legislation for

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Wild bird poaching in Cyprus

I certainly share concerns which have been raised about wild bird poaching in Cyprus. The UK Sovereign Base Areas (SBAs) on Cyprus are covered by the Bern Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats, and adhere to its provisions. Combating illegal trapping is a key priority for

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