We have made another very important step forward!!
On the 9th April, Jeremy Corbyn, Labour MP for Islington North, tabled an early day motion (EDM), no. 1280 on canned hunting. This is in response to Caldwell Smythe’s letter. Well done Caldwell!! Lobbying our MPs and our MEPs works!!!!
“That this House notes the fact that well over 8,000 lions are being bred in captivity to supply the canned hunting trade which entails captive-bred lions being kept in confined areas to be shot by paying hunters using rifles, bow and arrow and even pistols; further notes that at least some of the funding for this barbaric practice is derived from UK volunteer agencies who are often unaware of the destiny of these lions; further notes that on 15 March 2014 people in 62 cities in 21 countries marched on the streets to protest against canned hunting; further notes that on 13 February 2014 a world summit was held in London to halt the illegal trade in wildlife products; further notes that precedents for concrete action include the EU ban on imports of seal skins from Namibia and Canada because it is based on animal cruelty; and calls on the Government to ensure that preservation of the UK's world wildlife heritage is given the high level priority that it so clearly deserves and that appropriate restrictions or banning are implemented wherever necessary.”
We need to ensure that as many UK MPs as possible add their names to this EDM.
It is up to ALL of us to push our MPs to support this.
Parliament is now in recess for two weeks but after the 28th April, they can add their names. Here is the link.
You will note that the EDM has been sponsored by Adrian Sanders, Mary Glindon, Kelvin Hopkins, Mark Durkan and Katy Clark.
The following MPs have already signed this EDM:
- Peter Bottomley, Conservative, Worthing West
- Katy Clark, Labour, North Ayrshire and Arran
- Jeremy Corbyn, Labour, Islington North
- Mark Durkan, Social Democratic and Labour Party, Foyle
- Andrew George, Liberal Democrats, St Ives
- Mary Glindon, Labour, North Tyneside
- Kelvin Hopkins, Labour, Luton North
- Adrian Sanders, Liberal Democrats, Torbay.
Is your local MP on this list? If it is, then it would be nice if you could write to him/her and offer your congratulations.
If your local MP is NOT on the list, then please write to ask for the support for this EDM.
If you have already written to your MP and have received a reply, then here is a template for the follow up letter.
If you are writing for the first time OR have not yet received a reply to your letter, here is a template for your letter.
THIS IS IMPORTANT AND A BIG STEP FORWARD IN THE CAMPAIGN. THE MORE SUPPORT THIS EDM GETS FROM MPs, THE GREATER THE CHANCE IT WILL BE DEBATED IN THE UK PARLIAMENT.
TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE THIS HAPPEN. THE POWER RESTS WITH US.
Please can you email us on firstname.lastname@example.org when you have written to your MP so we can keep track and keep the pressure on….
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