RSPCA honours Green MEP for services to animal welfare

Keith Taylor MEP, Animals spokesperson for the Green Party and Vice Chair of the EU Parliament’s Intergroup on Animal Welfare, has been presented with an RSPCA Honours Award in recognition of his services to animal welfare across Europe.

For more than 100 years, the RSPCA Honours have been recognising people and organisations helping to end animal cruelty, protecting animals from abuse and furthering animal welfare awareness.

The Green MEP for the South East was handed the RSPCA European Animal Welfare Award.

Michael Ward, interim chief executive of the RSPCA said:

“Keith richly deserves this award. During his seven years in the European Parliament, he has been a tireless advocate for animal welfare.”

“Keith has campaigned on many issues, including the live transport of animals and pushing for an eight hour maximum journey time as well as trying to stop CAP subsidies being used for bullfighting. Keith has also hosted cruelty-free events relating to animal testing in the European Parliament and as a member of the Petitions Committee supported the 2012 petition to maintain a ban on seal product imports from Canada.”

“Keith has spoken on subjects as diverse as country of origin labelling, trade in pets and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. EU animal welfare strategy and more recently the UK’s forthcoming exit from the EU has been a key focus for him and he has written to the Prime Minister to ask her to place animal welfare at the front of Brexit negotiations.”

Keith represents over eight million people in the South East England region and animal welfare is one of the main issues in his postbag – over the past seven years, the call for action on animal protection has grown and grown. Keith has been working to improve the lives of animals not just in the UK, but also across the EU and internationally. In 2015, Keith also received the Eurogroup for Animals EU4Animals Award for promoting animal welfare across the European Union.

Keith who was presented with his award at a ceremony in central London said: “I’m honoured to have been awarded an RSPCA Honours Award. I’m deeply committed to the protection of animals including putting a stop to the squalid ivory trade, fighting cruel farming practices, bull fighting subsides, fur imports, and the badger cull.”

“It is encouraging that the European Union has led the way on many important regulations and as the UK navigates its exit from the EU, my goal is to ensure that animal welfare is central to Brexit negotiations.”

Keith is among 30 winners who have gone the extra mile for animals including:

  • Six RSPCA Inspectors, who are tirelessly working on the frontline of cruelty
  • Celebrity chef and campaigner, Jamie Oliver, for work to improve chicken welfare
  • RSPCA rescue dog Teddy who has been credited with helping his owner come out of a coma
  • A grieving brother and sister who raised money for the RSPCA
  • A former firefighter who has pioneered large animal rescue techniques

The RSPCA Honours ceremony was held on Saturday 17 June at The Law Society in London.

For more information about Keith’s work on animal welfare, you can read the Green MEPs’ most recent animal protection newsletter Making Tracks.