Yesterday (29th January), Craig Mackinlay, MP for South Thanet, hosted a parliamentary reception to raise awareness of the cruel live transport trade and to call upon MPs to push for a ban.
We supported the event, organised by the Stop Live Export Petition Team (SLEPT) and the Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation. The reception attracted over 50 MPs including Zac Goldsmith and Heidi Allen. High profile supporters such as Joanna Lumley, Selina Scott, Stanley Johnson, Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Frederick Forsythe also turned out to help raise awareness for this important issue.
Up for debate
Last October, SLEPT launched the ‘End the export of live farm animals after Brexit’ petition. An incredible 65,000 people have already signed and despite not yet achieving the mandatory 100,000 signatures needed for consideration in Parliament, the government has called a debate which will take place on 26th February.
Our Campaign Officer, Erin Cameron, said: “This was a fantastic event and it’s great to see such a wave of support from MPs, celebrities and the British public. The live export of animals is a truly unnecessary and cruel trade which so many voices are speaking out against. We will continue to campaign until it is brought to an end.”
It’s clear that the British public feels passionately about the inhumane and unnecessary journeys animals have to endure. We will continue to gain support for this petition in order to end live exports as soon as possible.
Thank you to those of you who have supported the petition. If you haven’t done so already, please sign and share today!