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Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill Cross-Party MP Pledge

"I pledge 5 hours of my time in Parliament to allow the Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill to complete its passage through the House of Commons."

Henry Smith MP (Conservative)Crawley
Tracey Crouch CBE MP (Conservative)Chatham & Aylesford
Louie French MP (Conservative)Old Bexley and Sidcup
Rt Hon. Damian Green MP (Conservative)Ashford
Dame Caroline Dinenage DBE MP (Conservative)Gosport
Craig Mackinlay MP (Conservative)South Thanet
Selaine Saxby MP (Conservative)North Devon
Rob Roberts MP (Conservative)Delyn
Dr Lisa Cameron MP (SNP)East Kilbride
Rt Hon. Priti Patel MP (Conservative)Witham
Giles Watling MP (Conservative)Clacton
Dr Dan Poulter MP (Conservative)Central Suffolk and North Ipswich
Rt Hon. Theresa Villiers MP (Conservative)Chipping Barnet
Kevin Foster MP (Conservative)Torbay

Why 5 hours?

On December 5th 2022 former Secretary of State and architect of the Bill George Eustice MP estimated the Bill would only take 5 hours of parliamentary time to complete its passage in the House of Commons, given it has already passed First Reading, Second Reading, and Committee Stage.

The Government maintains that it is committed to returning this vital Bill, though it has been delayed for more than 15 months

What is the Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill?

The Kept Animals Bill was introduced by the Government in 2021 to improve the lives of animals up and down the country. It fulfils three Conservative Party Manifesto pledges, including to end live animal exports for fattening and slaughter, tackle puppy smuggling, and ban keeping primates as pets. It also addresses livestock worrying, and ensures zoos are doing more to contribute to conservation.