At Business Questions, Sir David Amess MP paid tribute to service animals and called for Parliament to debate their contribution and bravery.
The question comes after the Animal Welfare (Services Animals) Bill, known as Finn's Law, was given Royal Assent on Monday 8th April. The law will ensure better legal protection for police dogs and other service animals and introduce tougher penalties for assault on animals in the line of duty.
Sir David asked Leader of the House, Andrea Leadsom, to 'find time for a debate on the sacrifices that animals have made with their lives for human beings throughout the ages? Over 1 million horses lost their lives in the first world war and every day, sniffer dogs come into this House to ensure that there is not another gunpowder plot. I am delighted that tomorrow in Essex, a memorial will be unveiled to commemorate the sacrifices that police sniffer dogs have made with their lives.'
The Leader of the House replied 'I am sure that Mr Speaker would look very favourably on his desire for a specific Adjournment debate to address the sacrifice that animals have made in the service of our country. I say again that we should all celebrate the Royal Assent that was achieved last week for the Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Act 2019—Finn’s law—which will help to protect our service animals.'