Sir David Amess MP has been appointed a Patron of the Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation.
The Southend West MP joins Sir Roger Gale MP, Lady Suzy Gale and Henry Smith MP as Patrons of the organisation.
Lorraine Platt, Co-Founder of the Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation, commented:
“We are delighted and honoured that Sir David Amess is joining us as our Patron along with Henry Smith MP and Sir Roger and Lady Suzy Gale.”
Sir David is very passionate about animal welfare, this can be seen in his parliamentary record having supported a number of animal welfare bills and acts over his time as an MP. These include introducing the legislation for the Protection Against Cruel Tethering Act in 1988, sponsoring the Horses and Ponies Bill in 1984-5, the Pet Animals Bill in 1990 and also sponsoring the Responsible Pet Ownership Competition for MPs and Peers. In 2011 he won the Dods Animal Welfare and Environment Award for his leading role in and commitment to animal welfare. The award is given to the Parliamentarian who has done the most to tackle issues concerning the welfare of animals and the natural environment.
In recent years Sir David has successfully campaigned to stop the unethical practice of testing domestic products on animals, tackled the illegal wildlife trade and fought to put an end to puppy farming. A prominent voice in the culling of badger’s debate, he consistently votes against any changes to the Hunting Act in order to protect the animals from culling.
The MP for Southend West served on the Health Select Committee from 1998 until 2007. Due to his role on the Health Select Committee, he became one of the most prominent Conservative spokesmen on Health issues, becoming Chair of the Conservative Party Backbench Committee for Health in 1999. While a member of the committee, he played a prominent role holding an inquiry into the state of obesity in the UK, leading to the publication of a report in 2004 and has campaigned on various health issues since. We look forward to working with Sir David to help advance our campaigns.
The Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation was established earlier this year to raise awareness of the billions of animals reared on intensive farms around the world, and how this impacts upon animal welfare, the environment and people’s health. The campaign focuses on the mandatory introduction of CCTV in slaughterhouses, the end of live animal exports, an end to cages and farrowing crates and the introduction of method of production labelling on meat and dairy products