I met with the League Against Cruel Sports this week in support of their fight to ban the hunting and killing of wild animals in our countryside.

I’ve campaigned to end cruelty to animals throughout my Parliamentary career. A highlight was the introduction of a ban on fur farming taken up by the Government in 2000 on the back on my private members bill calling for an end to the cruel practice. This has led to increasingly effective bans being brought in across Europe. The Czech Republic has just banned fur farming, basing their law on the UK’s pioneering legislation. I welcome any change in legislation that ends the needless suffering of animals, and this includes the 2005 ban on hunting animals with dogs for sport.

A huge 85% of the public support this ban, but illegal hunts still occur and the shooting of wild birds for sport is still legal in the UK. Much more needs to be done to protect our wildlife against this needless suffering and inhumane killing. That’s why I’m proud to support the League Against Cruel Sports and their campaign to end this practice once and for all.

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