Animal welfare

UK government must lead the way on animal welfare | Letters

We are concerned about reports that the government has abandoned its overt commitments to an overseas animal bill (Tory row as law barring import of hunting trophies set to be axed, March 14). Apart from the welcome promise to end imports of hunting trophies, the bill’s other key measures are being welcomed by all parties and across the country. These include a ban on national advertising of places overseas where elephants and other endangered species – big cats, monkeys, bears, dolphins – are suffering extreme brutality in tourism, with the UK market taking a shameful advance.

Crucially, the bill would steer the market towards ethical tourism, throwing a lifeline to many endangered species and countering claims that cruel exploitation through rides, rides, games and hunting provides significant income. to some countries. The more than 1,000 UK-based operators who promote this cruelty do nothing to protect humans or animals in these places. Apparently, no ethical improvements were made during the pandemic-related downtime either.

It is in the interest of the government to take a principled lead on other nations and introduce the bill, re-establishing a just claim to lead the way in animal welfare.
Duncan McNair Save the Asian Elephants, Sonul Badiani-Hemment Four Paws UK, Claire Bass Humane Society International UK, Paul Christian Protect all wildlife, Pierre Egan, Stanley Johnson Patron, Conservative Foundation for Animal Welfare, Andy Knott CEO, League Against Cruel Sports, Steve McIvor World Animal Protection, Maria Mosman Action for Elephants UK, David Neal Asian Animal Foundation, Ingrid Newkirk Peta, Nick Palmer Compassion in World Farming UK, Ian Redmond Ecoflix

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