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Trophy hunting imports

I understand concerns about trophy hunting imports and I agree that it is important we protect endangered animals across the world. I am encouraged that the UK Government is committed to conserving the world’s wildlife. The wildlife trade is regulated by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, whose approach is to ensure that the trade
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Water industry ownership

I strongly believe that properly regulated private markets are the best way to meet the ongoing needs of water customers and the environment. I do not support re-nationalising the water industry and I am glad that the Government has no intention of doing so. Since privatisation we have seen £140 billion of investment in water
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Puppy smuggling

I share concerns about puppies being smuggled across borders, and am grateful to the Dogs Trust for highlighting the issue. Responsibility for stopping illegal movement begins in the country where puppies are born, so the Chief Veterinary Officer has written to the authorities in highlighted countries to remind them of their duties. An EU pet
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Horse tethering

I support the highest standards of animal welfare and agree about the importance of protecting these gentle, sensitive creatures. The Animal Welfare Act 2006 makes it an offence to cause any unnecessary suffering to animals, or for a responsible party to fail to provide for their welfare. The statutory Code of Practice for the Welfare
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Live animal exports

All animals deserve to be respected and cared for at every stage of their lives. The UK has some of the highest animal welfare standards in the world, and I am pleased that my Party’s General Election manifesto included a commitment to take early steps to control the export of live farm animals for slaughter
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Animal sentience

I think it is only right to start off by saying the initial news stories and resulting petitions etc were based on a grotesque misrepresentation of the Government’s views, and were in some cases a scurrilous attack on the character of many honourable Members of Parliament. It is right that The Independent has retracted the
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Factory farming

I understand the strength of feeling about factory farming and I am committed to the highest standards of animal welfare, including on farms. The UK’s strong commitment in this area is reflected in World Animal Protection’s recent Animal Protection Index, which judged 50 countries on their policy and legislation for animals and saw the UK
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Wild bird poaching in Cyprus

I certainly share concerns which have been raised about wild bird poaching in Cyprus. The UK Sovereign Base Areas (SBAs) on Cyprus are covered by the Bern Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats, and adhere to its provisions. Combating illegal trapping is a key priority for the SBA police and dedicated
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The environment

The British countryside is some of the most beautiful in the world, so I am delighted that Ministers are committed to safeguarding our vibrant natural environment. Until we leave the European Union, the existing arrangements remain in place. I am particularly pleased that the Treasury has confirmed that any structural fund projects, including agri-environment schemes,
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Ivory trade

I am very concerned about the effect of illegal poaching and ivory trafficking on the long-term prospects for the survival of the elephant, and I know that my ministerial colleagues share this concern. Just how seriously the Government takes this issue was demonstrated when it held the London Conference on Wildlife Trafficking. Over 40 countries
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Fur trade

I support the highest standards of animal welfare so I am pleased to note that the importation of fur products is already tightly regulated. It is currently illegal to import furs derived from cats or dogs, or products made from them; in addition the fur and skin of endangered animals or fish cannot be imported without a
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