Keep the highest levels of Animal Welfare across the UK

I am proud that the UK already has some of the highest animal welfare standards in the world - and these have increased substantially under this Government. The UK has banned the ivory trade, is increasing sentences for animal cruelty from six months to five years, has banned insecticides that may be harmful to bees, made CCTV mandatory in abattoirs, banned microplastics which helps marine life, and is proposing to introduce an independent, statutory body to uphold environmental standards.

That being said there is still more to do.  As a proud cat owner myself, I have become involved with many campaigns in Parliament to help improve animal welfare standards, including lobbying for a ban on ivory imports and banning cruel shock collars for dogs.

Keep up to date with all I have been up to below.

News

Ivory Bill introduced to boost fight against elephant poaching

Robert said, "I am glad to report that the Ivory Bill is taking a step closer to coming into force today with its introduction in Parliament.  Elephants are one of the world’s most iconic animals and we must do all we can to protect them for future generations."

Government confirms UK ban on ivory sales

The Government is publishing the response to its consultation on a UK ivory sales ban, and confirming robust measures that will be brought into force through primary legislation.

Banning of Electric Shock Collars

Robert was pleased join this debate on electric shock collars with Ross Thompson MP. Their use is barbaric and ineffective due to the complexity of canine behaviour.

Robert Courts campaigns to ban shock collars

Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity launched its #ShockinglyLegal campaign to help urge the Government to ban the sale of electronic shock collars.