Tom Brake MP Supports EU’s Protection of Animal Rights

Carshalton and Wallington MP, Tom Brake, has added his signature to a cross-party letter of MPs and MEPs highlighting the positive benefits of EU membership for the protection of animal rights.

Following the letter published Thursday in The Guardian, Tom called for the UK to remain in the EU to ensure animal welfare is prioritised.

Tom said,

“We must understand that through working with other EU countries, we have enacted a wide range of important measures that safeguard animal welfare—from the wild to the farm. Brexit could seriously undermine all the hard work that is underway in the EU to support animal welfare.”

Through international cooperation, the EU has created laws that protect millions of animals in Europe from confinement, cosmetics-related cruelty, and farm animal cloning. However, as the letter warns, more protective measures need to be undertaken, and leaving the EU could hinder these efforts.

As the letter states, "Individual governments can come under significant pressure from corporate lobbyists to weaken or remove binding standards on animal protection. In this context, EU-wide minimum standards to tackle animal cruelty are more important than ever”. To read the full letter, click here:


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Other signatories were: 

Caroline Lucas MP
Green, Brighton Pavilion
Kerry McCarthy MP
Labour, Bristol East, Shadow secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs
Sir Roger Gale MP
Conservative, Thanet North, Patron of the Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation
Hywel Williams MP
Plaid Cymru, Arfon, Westminster leader
Alyn Smith MEP
Scottish National party
Keith Taylor MEP
Green party animal spokesperson, South-East England
Glenis Willmott MEP
Leader of Labour MEPs, East of England
Catherine Bearder MEP
Liberal Democrat, South East England
Jill Evans MEP
Plaid Cymru, Wales
Mary Creagh MP
Labour, Wakefield, Chair of the environmental audit committee
Mike Gapes MP
Labour and Co-operative, Ilford South
Paul Flynn MP
Labour, Newport West
Neil Parish MP
Conservative, Tiverton and Honiton
Kathryn Parminter
Liberal Democrats, Deputy leader in the House of Lords, Spokesperson for environment and rural affairs
Greg Mulholland MP
Liberal Democrat, Leeds North West
Jim Dowd MP
Labour, Lewisham West and Penge
Cat Smith MP
Labour, Lancaster and Fleetwood
Jeff Smith MP
Labour, Manchester, Withington
Nick Thomas-Symonds MP
Labour, Torfaen
Daniel Zeichner MP
Labour, Cambridge
Liz Saville-Roberts MP
Plaid Cymru, Dwyfor Meirionnydd
Thangham Debbonaire MP
Labour, Bristol West
Molly Scott Cato MEP
Green, South-West England
Jean Lambert MEP
Green, London
Anneliese Dodds MEP
Labour, South-East England
Richard Howitt MEP
Labour, East of England
Seb Dance MEP
Labour, London
Derek Vaughan MEP
Labour, Wales
Mary Honeyball MEP
Labour, London
Afzal Khan MEP
Labour, North-West England
Jude Kirton-Darling MEP
Labour, North-East England
Paul Brannen MEP
Labour, North-East England
Neena Gill MEP
Labour, West Midlands
Julie Ward MEP
Labour, North-West England
Caroline Dinenage MP
Conservative, Gosport

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