Early day motion 1626

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ANIMAL WELFARE (No. 2)

That this House commends the work of Animal Defenders International in collecting video evidence of the abnormal behaviour and suffering of animals in travelling circuses, and notes this shows that travelling circuses cannot adequately provide for the basic welfare needs of their animals and as such fail the welfare test of the Animal Welfare Bill; notes that circus animals spend excessive periods of time shut in transporters, whether travelling or not, are forced to live in temporary facilities lacking appropriate space and environmental enrichment, and often in inappropriate groupings of animals; further notes that violence is commonplace and part of the circus culture, and no other working animals spend such a long time, normally at least eight months, in temporary mobile accommodation, thus making animal transport regulations difficult to police and enforce, and that the arrangements for circus animals are entirely different from the higher quality accommodation and transport arrangements of animals being transported for racing, horse shows, dog shows and similar events; and therefore urges that the Animal Welfare Bill is used to end the use of animals in travelling circuses and to take measures to protect performing animals in permanent facilities through regulation and to end the currently legal use of violence to train animals for the purposes of entertainment.

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Abbott, Diane Labour Party Hackney North and Stoke Newington 01.03.2006
Alexander, Danny Liberal Democrats Inverness Nairn Badenoch and Strathspey 27.03.2006
Amess, David Conservative Party Southend West 27.03.2006
Anderson, David Labour Party Blaydon 29.03.2006
Anderson, Janet Labour Party Rossendale and Darwen 23.03.2006
Austin, John Labour Party Erith and Thamesmead 01.03.2006
Baker, Norman Liberal Democrats Lewes 15.02.2006
Barrett, John Liberal Democrats Edinburgh West 03.03.2006
Benton, Joe Labour Party Bootle 16.03.2006
Berry, Roger Labour Party Kingswood 08.05.2006
Brake, Tom Liberal Democrats Carshalton and Wallington 09.05.2006
Brooke, Annette Liberal Democrats Mid Dorset and North Poole 14.02.2006
Brown, Lyn Labour Party West Ham 25.05.2006
Bruce, Malcolm Liberal Democrats Gordon 19.04.2006
Buck, Karen Labour Party Regent's Park and Kensington North 18.04.2006
Burden, Richard Labour Party Birmingham Northfield 23.03.2006
Burgon, Colin Labour Party Elmet 15.02.2006
Burt, Lorely Liberal Democrats Solihull 07.03.2006
Butler, Dawn Labour Party Brent South 05.06.2006
Cable, Vincent Liberal Democrats Twickenham 22.03.2006
Carmichael, Alistair Liberal Democrats Orkney and Shetland 24.04.2006
Caton, Martin Labour Party Gower 15.02.2006
Challen, Colin Labour Party Morley and Rothwell 27.02.2006
Chaytor, David Labour Party Bury North 21.03.2006
Clapham, Michael Labour Party Barnsley West and Penistone 15.03.2006
Clark, Katy Labour Party North Ayrshire and Arran 23.03.2006
Clegg, Nick Liberal Democrats Sheffield Hallam 04.05.2006
Cohen, Harry Labour Party Leyton and Wanstead 14.02.2006
Cook, Frank Labour Party Stockton North 27.02.2006
Cooper, Rosie Labour Party West Lancashire 01.03.2006
Corbyn, Jeremy Labour Party Islington North 15.02.2006
Crausby, David Labour Party Bolton North East 28.03.2006
Cruddas, Jon Labour Party Dagenham 23.05.2006
Cryer, Ann Labour Party Keighley 15.02.2006
Cummings, John Labour Party Easington 28.02.2006
Davey, Edward Liberal Democrats Kingston and Surbiton 14.06.2006
Dean, Janet Labour Party Burton 28.02.2006
Devine, Jim Labour Party Livingston 27.02.2006
Dismore, Andrew Labour Party Hendon 14.02.2006
Dobbin, Jim Labour Party Heywood and Middleton 07.03.2006
Doran, Frank Labour Party Aberdeen North 16.03.2006
Dowd, Jim Labour Party Lewisham West 02.03.2006
Drew, David Labour Party Stroud 28.02.2006
Efford, Clive Labour Party Eltham 07.03.2006
Ennis, Jeff Labour Party Barnsley East and Mexborough 02.03.2006
Etherington, Bill Labour Party Sunderland North 27.02.2006
Featherstone, Lynne Liberal Democrats Hornsey and Wood Green 08.03.2006
Field, Frank Labour Party Birkenhead 21.03.2006
Fisher, Mark Labour Party Stoke-on-Trent Central 15.03.2006
Flynn, Paul Labour Party Newport West 14.02.2006
Foster, Don Liberal Democrats Bath 27.02.2006
Francis, Hywel Labour Party Aberavon 28.03.2006
George, Andrew Liberal Democrats St Ives 26.04.2006
Gerrard, Neil Labour Party Walthamstow 20.04.2006
Gibson, Ian Labour Party Norwich North 14.03.2006
Gidley, Sandra Liberal Democrats Romsey 18.04.2006
Gilroy, Linda Labour Party Plymouth Sutton 27.03.2006
Goldsworthy, Julia Liberal Democrats Falmouth and Camborne 20.03.2006
Griffith, Nia Labour Party Llanelli 16.03.2006
Hamilton, David Labour Party Midlothian 29.03.2006
Hamilton, Fabian Labour Party Leeds North East 18.04.2006
Hancock, Mike Liberal Democrats Portsmouth South 13.02.2006
Harvey, Nick Liberal Democrats North Devon 24.04.2006
Heyes, David Labour Party Ashton under Lyne 20.04.2006
Hodgson, Sharon Labour Party Gateshead East and Washington West 27.02.2006
Holmes, Paul Liberal Democrats Chesterfield 15.02.2006
Hopkins, Kelvin Labour Party Luton North 15.03.2006
Horam, John Conservative Party Orpington 17.03.2006
Horwood, Martin Liberal Democrats Cheltenham 16.02.2006
Howarth, David Liberal Democrats Cambridge 10.03.2006
Hoyle, Lindsay Labour Party Chorley 13.02.2006
Hughes, Simon Liberal Democrats North Southwark and Bermondsey 18.04.2006
Huhne, Chris Liberal Democrats Eastleigh 20.03.2006
Hunter, Mark Liberal Democrats Cheadle 28.02.2006
Illsley, Eric Labour Party Barnsley Central 30.03.2006
James, Sian C Labour Party Swansea East 16.03.2006
Jenkins, Brian Labour Party Tamworth 16.02.2006
Johnson, Diana R Labour Party Kingston upon Hull North 16.03.2006
Jones, Lynne Labour Party Birmingham Selly Oak 14.02.2006
Jones, Martyn Labour Party Clwyd South 27.03.2006
Kaufman, Gerald Labour Party Manchester Gorton 15.03.2006
Keen, Alan Labour Party Feltham and Heston 18.04.2006
Keetch, Paul Liberal Democrats Hereford 22.03.2006
Kemp, Fraser Labour Party Houghton and Washington East 17.03.2006
Khabra, Piara S Labour Party Ealing Southall 17.03.2006
Kramer, Susan Liberal Democrats Richmond Park 18.04.2006
Lamb, Norman Liberal Democrats North Norfolk 23.05.2006
Lazarowicz, Mark Labour Party Edinburgh North and Leith 18.04.2006
Leech, John Liberal Democrats Manchester Withington 14.02.2006
Love, Andrew Labour Party Edmonton 25.07.2006
Mackinlay, Andrew Labour Party Thurrock 16.03.2006
Main, Anne Conservative Party St Albans 20.03.2006
Marris, Rob Labour Party Wolverhampton South West 27.03.2006
Marshall-Andrews, Robert Labour Party Medway 06.03.2006
McCafferty, Chris Labour Party Calder Valley 17.03.2006
McCarthy, Kerry Labour Party Bristol East 27.03.2006
McCarthy-Fry, Sarah Labour Party Portsmouth North 22.03.2006
McDonnell, Alasdair Social Democratic and Labour Party Belfast South 24.04.2006
Meale, Alan Labour Party Mansfield 14.02.2006
Moon, Madeleine Labour Party Bridgend 28.02.2006
Morgan, Julie Labour Party Cardiff North 09.10.2006
Mulholland, Greg Liberal Democrats Leeds North West 09.10.2006
Naysmith, Doug Labour Party Bristol North West 26.04.2006
O'Hara, Edward Labour Party Knowsley South 13.03.2006
Olner, Bill Labour Party Nuneaton 27.02.2006
Osborne, Sandra Labour Party Ayr Carrick and Cumnock 27.02.2006
Owen, Albert Labour Party Ynys Môn 28.02.2006
Penning, Mike Conservative Party Hemel Hempstead 27.02.2006
Pope, Greg Labour Party Hyndburn 16.02.2006
Pritchard, Mark Conservative Party The Wrekin 29.03.2006
Prosser, Gwyn Labour Party Dover 18.04.2006
Reed, Jamie Labour Party Copeland 18.04.2006
Riordan, Linda Labour Party Halifax 09.03.2006
Rogerson, Dan Liberal Democrats North Cornwall 30.03.2006
Ruddock, Joan Labour Party Lewisham Deptford 15.03.2006
Russell, Bob Liberal Democrats Colchester 13.02.2006
Sanders, Adrian Liberal Democrats Torbay 28.02.2006
Simpson, Alan Labour Party Nottingham South 07.03.2006
Smith, Geraldine Labour Party Morecambe and Lunesdale 17.03.2006
Smith, John P Labour Party Vale of Glamorgan 27.04.2006
Stunell, Andrew Liberal Democrats Hazel Grove 27.02.2006
Swinson, Jo Liberal Democrats East Dunbartonshire 16.03.2006
Taylor, David Labour Party North West Leicestershire 14.03.2006
Taylor, Richard INDEPENDENT Wyre Forest 16.03.2006
Thornberry, Emily Labour Party Islington South and Finsbury 02.05.2006
Todd, Mark Labour Party South Derbyshire 17.03.2006
Trickett, Jon Labour Party Hemsworth 04.07.2006
Turner, Desmond Labour Party Brighton Kemptown 20.03.2006
Ussher, Kitty Labour Party Burnley 05.06.2006
Vis, Rudi Labour Party Finchley and Golders Green 15.02.2006
Wareing, Robert N Labour Party Liverpool West Derby 21.03.2006
Watkinson, Angela Conservative Party Upminster 17.03.2006
Widdecombe, Ann Conservative Party Maidstone and the Weald 28.02.2006
Williams, Betty Labour Party Conwy 27.02.2006
Williams, Hywel Plaid Cymru Caernarfon 29.03.2006
Williams, Mark Liberal Democrats Ceredigion 22.03.2006
Williams, Roger Liberal Democrats Brecon and Radnorshire 15.02.2006
Williams, Stephen Liberal Democrats Bristol West 15.02.2006
Willis, Phil Liberal Democrats Harrogate and Knaresborough 30.03.2006
Willott, Jenny Liberal Democrats Cardiff Central 03.05.2006
Wood, Mike Roy Labour Party Batley and Spen 27.02.2006
Wright, Anthony D Labour Party Great Yarmouth 18.04.2006
Wyatt, Derek Labour Party Sittingbourne and Sheppey 18.04.2006
Younger-Ross, Richard Liberal Democrats Teignbridge 18.04.2006

Amendment 1626A1 - ANIMAL WELFARE (No. 2)

leave out from `House' to end and insert `deplores the use of misleading film footage by Animal Defenders International to make false claims about animal cruelty in circuses in the UK, noting that the vast bulk of the footage was filmed abroad, and that the footage showing abuses in the UK was extremely old and does not reflect current practices; acknowledges that only three touring circuses in the UK use wild animals; regrets the deliberate failure by campaigners to distinguish between wild and domestic animals in circuses; notes the scientific evidence in the Kiley-Worthington Report, commissioned by the RSPCA and written by a respected animal behaviourist, which found that, rather than being intrinsically harmful to captive animals, circuses can provide them with a beneficial mixture of exercise, stimulation and human contact; recognises that circuses' transport records show that the times and conditions for animals in transit exceed the legal requirements; supports the independent inspections that are conducted by local authorities with the full cooperation of circuses; praises the leading circuses for adopting an independent code of conduct and the wider industry for working together with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in order to formulate the proposed regulations for the use of animals in circuses; and vigorously defends the right of touring circuses to continue to use domestic animals such as horses, dogs and budgerigars in full compliance with the welfare test of the Animal Welfare Bill'.

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Luff, Peter Conservative Party Mid Worcestershire 01.03.2006
Opik, Lembit Liberal Democrats Montgomeryshire 09.10.2006
Price, Adam Plaid Cymru Carmarthen East and Dinefwr 09.10.2006
Vaizey, Edward Conservative Party Wantage 27.03.2006