Wild animal ban backed by Government but blocked for NINTH time
Efforts to finally end the use of wild animals in circuses in England continue to be thwarted after the bill introduced by Jim Fitzpatrick MP to ban such acts was blocked for the ninth time by a Conservative MP, despite backing from Government.
There is still time for legislation to be passed before the General Election but we must act now.
The blocked bill is identical to the Government’s own bill, unveiled to media fanfare but which has simply gathered dust. Unfortunately, the backbench bill only requires one MP to object to prevent it from progressing, and today Tory MP for Christchurch, Christopher Chope, blocked it for the sixth time.
Chope has claimed that this should “be a Government Bill, as it was promised by the Government”, yet Prime Minister David Cameron promised last year that the Government bill would be passed and recently Defra Minister Lord de Mauley gave the Government’s explicit support for the backbench bill stating “we support the Private Member’s Bill recently published by Jim Fitzpatrick MP to ensure a ban can come into force by December 2015.”
The issue has become an embarrassing Parliamentary saga and David Cameron must step in to ensure that the promised legislation is passed.
ADI is working with MPs from all parties to put pressure on the Government and will continue to push until we win victory for the animals. Without our help they will continue to suffer.
WE NEED YOUR URGENT HELP!
There are fewer than 40 sitting days in Parliament left before the General Election, and we need you to speak out for the animals.