Greens welcome Ivory Bill despite failings

Responding to the introduction of the Ivory Bill in Parliament today, Keith Taylor MEP, the Green Party’s Animal Spokesperson, said:

“As a Green, I wanted to see a loophole-free bill. But considering the dire situation for elephants across the world and the need for urgent action, it would be counterproductive to carp over its minor failings. Ultimately, if it passes undiluted and is properly enforced, this bill will be hugely important.”

“While the Government is in the mood for positive progress on animal welfare action, I am also calling on Ministers to finally take action to; ban the use of wild animals in circuses; outlaw the trade in primates as pets; halt the scientifically illiterate and barbaric badger cull; end driven grouse shooting, and; reform a broken agriculture system that sees millions of animals suffer in a heartless and brutal factory farming machine.”

“At the same time, Ministers must also ensure vital EU animal welfare safeguards are maintained and strengthened post-Brexit. And that must mean supporting the Lords’ amendment to the Withdrawal Bill to ensure the European Union’s recognition that animals are sentient beings is enshrined in UK law as soon as possible.”