Luke Pollard MP

Labour & Co-operative MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport

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Keep the ban on fox hunting


Ten years ago Labour banned fox hunting. That decision was right then and it is right today. I do not support fox hunting.

Keep the ban on fox hunting

Over the last decade the Tories and UKIP have talked about scrapping the ban on fox hunting, relaxing it or encouraging a lack of enforcement so it may proceed. I know that the ban is not perfect and some fox hunting continues today but the answer to this is not to scrap the ban, but to properly enforce it and strengthen it.

At a time when people in Plymouth are resorting to food banks and suffering from the combination of a housing shortage, a cost of living crisis and low wages I don't want to see our politicians spending time legislating on fox hunting. For me, that means keeping the ban and not returning to the dark old days where wild animals were chased across fields and ripped apart by a pack of dogs.

Labour's animal welfare policy agenda

I believe we have a moral duty to treat the animals we share our planet with in a humane and compassionate way. No other major political party has such a proven track record of decisive action for animals at home, on farms and in the wild.

The last Labour Government achieved much to end the cruel and unnecessary suffering of animals: the banning of hunting with dogs, securing an end to cosmetic testing on animals, banning fur farming and introducing the Animal Welfare Act 2006. This is a legacy that I'm proud of – one which I believe shows that Labour is the only party to trust on animal welfare.

A Labour Government will continue to lead the way on animal welfare, starting with these six pledges that build on our previous achievements at home and abroad.

You can read Labour's plan to protect animals here.


What do you think?

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commented 2015-02-24 09:36:23 +0000
Bethany, thanks for your question. Here’s what we are proposing (taken from the Labour policy document

Poor dog breeding practices cause suffering. There are more puppies being
bred than there are good homes available, while large scale ‘puppy farms’ and ‘backstreet breeders’ operate in terrible conditions where dogs are frequently sick or unsocialised. Unlawful trafficking of puppies with little to no regard for their health means many
fall sick or die shortly after purchase, leaving their owners heartbroken and lumbered with huge vet bills. Unsocialised dogs can present a threat to humans and other animals and are victims of the trade that views them as mere commodities.

Ineffective regulation, a lack of information for pet owners and a failure to deal with irresponsible and cruel breeding practices have shown that the Tory-led Government cannot be trusted to improve dog welfare. There are also concerns relating to the breeding and sale of cats.

Labour will review the inadequate regulations on the sale and breeding of dogs and cats. It is clear that poor breeding and rearing practices contribute greatly to the number of abandoned animals rescue centres have to deal with. The next Labour Government will build on our landmark Animal Welfare Act 2006 to develop a strategy which brings together improved dog and cat welfare.
commented 2015-02-24 08:01:24 +0000
Good! What is it that is planned to improve the protection of cats and dogs?

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