Animal welfare is a top priority for me. First and foremost, I am totally and utterly committed to all attempts to improve animal welfare. There are few things that upset me more than needless cruelty to animals, I simply can’t stand it.
Ever since I was first elected, I have campaigned on a range of animal welfare issues such as preventing fox hunting, strengthening the rules to combat hare coursing, legal changes to improve the welfare of pets, the introduction of CCTV in slaughterhouses and pressing for a total ban on the live export of animals for slaughter and fattening.
The issue about the role of animal welfare inspectors was recently the subject of a question in the House.
It is, of course, correct that it is a matter for local authorities to decide whether to appoint an animal welfare inspector but given the Minister’s response, I have followed up with an additional question, as follows:
“To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, (a) what assessment he has made of the consequences for animal welfare of it not being a mandatory requirement for a local authority to have an animal welfare inspector with responsibility for enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and (b) what representations his Department has received in the last 12 months from (i) the Home Office and (ii) police forces about the consequences for their budgets when they are required to take action to protect animal welfare where a local authority animal welfare inspector does not exist.”
I will update this page when the Minister has responded to my Parliamentary question.