Early day motion 1626

ANIMAL WELFARE (No. 2)

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Total number of signatures: 144

Abbott, Diane Alexander, Danny Amess, David Anderson, David
Anderson, Janet Austin, John Baker, Norman Barrett, John
Benton, Joe Berry, Roger Brake, Tom Brooke, Annette
Brown, Lyn Bruce, Malcolm Buck, Karen Burden, Richard
Burgon, Colin Burt, Lorely Butler, Dawn Cable, Vincent
Carmichael, Alistair Caton, Martin Challen, Colin Chaytor, David
Clapham, Michael Clark, Katy Clegg, Nick Cohen, Harry
Cook, Frank Cooper, Rosie Corbyn, Jeremy Crausby, David
Cruddas, Jon Cryer, Ann Cummings, John Davey, Edward
Dean, Janet Devine, Jim Dismore, Andrew Dobbin, Jim
Doran, Frank Dowd, Jim Drew, David Efford, Clive
Ennis, Jeff Etherington, Bill Featherstone, Lynne Field, Frank
Fisher, Mark Flynn, Paul Foster, Don Francis, Hywel
George, Andrew Gerrard, Neil Gibson, Ian Gidley, Sandra
Gilroy, Linda Goldsworthy, Julia Griffith, Nia Hamilton, David
Hamilton, Fabian Hancock, Mike Harvey, Nick Heyes, David
Hodgson, Sharon Holmes, Paul Hopkins, Kelvin Horam, John
Horwood, Martin Howarth, David Hoyle, Lindsay Hughes, Simon
Huhne, Chris Hunter, Mark Illsley, Eric James, Sian C
Jenkins, Brian Johnson, Diana R Jones, Lynne Jones, Martyn
Kaufman, Gerald Keen, Alan Keetch, Paul Kemp, Fraser
Khabra, Piara S Kramer, Susan Lamb, Norman Lazarowicz, Mark
Leech, John Love, Andrew Mackinlay, Andrew Main, Anne
Marris, Rob Marshall-Andrews, Robert McCafferty, Chris McCarthy, Kerry
McCarthy-Fry, Sarah McDonnell, Alasdair Meale, Alan Moon, Madeleine
Morgan, Julie Mulholland, Greg Naysmith, Doug O'Hara, Edward
Olner, Bill Osborne, Sandra Owen, Albert Penning, Mike
Pope, Greg Pritchard, Mark Prosser, Gwyn Reed, Jamie
Riordan, Linda Rogerson, Dan Ruddock, Joan Russell, Bob
Sanders, Adrian Simpson, Alan Smith, Geraldine Smith, John P
Stunell, Andrew Swinson, Jo Taylor, David Taylor, Richard
Thornberry, Emily Todd, Mark Trickett, Jon Turner, Desmond
Ussher, Kitty Vis, Rudi Wareing, Robert N Watkinson, Angela
Widdecombe, Ann Williams, Betty Williams, Hywel Williams, Mark
Williams, Roger Williams, Stephen Willis, Phil Willott, Jenny
Wood, Mike Roy Wright, Anthony D Wyatt, Derek Younger-Ross, Richard

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.

Amendment 1626A1 - ANIMAL WELFARE (No. 2)

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Total number of signatures: 4

Luff, Peter Opik, Lembit Price, Adam Vaizey, Edward

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'.