Post-referendum animal welfare must be a key priority – Keith Taylor MEP

Keith Taylor, Green Party MEP for the South East, will use a keynote speech at the Greens for Animal Protection (GAP) AGM to highlight the key animal welfare priorities in a post-referendum Britain.

GAP is an organisation which aims to develop policies on animal protection issues and advocate for animals in Britain and across the world. Keith will join members at their annual meeting in Kidderminster on Sunday (21 August).

The Green Party’s Animals spokesperson is set to focus on the threats posed to hard-won animal welfare protections and safeguards as uncertainty remains over the government’s plans for a future relationship with the EU.

Keith will say:
“It is time for animal lovers of any, every, and no political persuasion to come together and fight to uphold the world-leading protections the EU has delivered on animal welfare.”

“The EU brought in a blanket ban on cosmetic animal testing and the sale of animal-tested cosmetics; ended the use of great apes in research, improved welfare standards for farm animals, strengthened protections for rare and endangered species and cracked down on the illegal ivory trade. EU bans on the import of cat and dog fur and the trade in seal products also ensure that our country doesn’t contribute to these gruesome industries.”

“We cannot take these protections for granted, the new UK government is no friend to animals and could, depending on our future relationship with the EU, be free to scrap many, if not all, of these hard-won and vital protections. We need now to be proactive in our fight to maintain these EU laws.”

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