When writing to your MP you can either write a letter or send an email. Handwritten letters are often looked at with more thought than a typed email. However, if time is short an email will bring much needed attention for action on this issue.
The address to send a letter to is:
(Name of MP), House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
- Your letter should be to the point, brief and factual.
- Do mention that you are writing as a concerned constituent and a supporter of the Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation.
- Always include your address as this lets your MP know you are a genuinely concerned constituent.
- Finish your letter by asking for a response with a sentence that encourages a reply.
We have written four proforma emails for our campaigns to help you compose your own email or letter.
Dear (name of MP ),
I am writing to you on my concerns on the continued practice of live animal exports for slaughter or fattening.
As the UK will soon no longer be bound by the EU’s free trade rules, I ask that you commit to supporting an end to the live export trade for slaughter and fattening which over the years has caused immense suffering to our animals.
Thousands of UK sheep are exported each year on long journeys to France. UK calves are also exported – and travel as far afield as Spain, even though scientific research shows that young calves suffer greatly during long journeys. Long-distance live animal transports can cause immense suffering.
Overcrowding will mean that some cannot lie down at all, while those who do may be injured or trampled to death. Others endure long journeys with legs trapped and injured, or painfully stooping as they are not given sufficient headroom. They can be in transit for days, suffering extremes of temperature and often without sufficient food, water or rest and can be exhausted and dehydrated. Many die as a result.
Animals are transported in both blistering heat and freezing conditions. Water may not be provided throughout these long journeys. In particular, when animals are exported from Europe to countries outside the EU they leave behind them all the legal protection they once received.
The UK banned veal crates, sow stalls and fur farms years ago and it’s now time to end live animal exports for slaughter and fattening. It is unnecessary and deeply cruel to subject weeks old calves and gentle sheep to long stressful journeys to inhumane systems such as veal systems abroad which are banned in the UK and to be taken for slaughter as soon as they arrive. In 2020, UK sheep were exported as far afield as Bulgaria and Hungary. This is appalling and unacceptable. The Government has a manifesto commitment to end excessively long journeys for slaughter and fattening and we urge for action to take place to end this misery for farm animals
I believe animals should be slaughtered as close as possible to their place of birth and live transports to be replaced by a trade in meat. The meat can be exported in chilled conditions on the hook rather than on the hoof.
I urge you as my MP to support the Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation’s campaign to end the live export of animals for slaughter and fattening.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Dear (name of MP),
I am writing to you as a constituent on my concerns on the continued practice of the use of pig farrowing crates
There are hundreds of thousands of sows in the UK suffering in farrowing crates .Pigs are highly intelligent sentient animals. On industrial farms, many piglets are born to mothers in farrowing crates, narrow metal cages that confine the sow so restrictively that she cannot turn around in concrete sheds without bedding.
The crates severely restrict the sow’s movement and her strong instinct to build a nest before giving birth. Farrowing crates have been banned in Sweden, Norway and Switzerland already. Germany recently announced it would phase out pig farrowing crates. There are commercially available free-farrowing systems.
There are commercially available free-farrowing systems: 360 degrees; PigSafe; and SWAP systems.
I urge you to support the Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation’s call for an end to farrowing crates which severely restrict the sow’s movement and her strong instinct to build a nest before giving birth.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Dear (name of MP),
I am writing to you as a concerned constituent on the continued practice of the use of cages for egg laying birds. I believe that cages for egg-laying birds should end, as the birds have little room to move and are deprived of their natural exercise of foraging and running.
Barren battery cages were banned throughout Europe from January 1st 2012, but ‘enriched’ battery cages are still legally permitted. Enriched cages now have to provide 600cm squared usable space per bird, less than the size of an A4 piece of paper each, and limited facilities for perching, nesting and scratching. They only provide more a small amount of extra space per bird (than compared to battery cages).
The UK has more uncaged hens than some European countries, but millions of hens are reared in cages with little room to move and deprived of their natural behaviours. Their nest area consists of a plastic sheet hanging down from the top of the cage to provide a more secluded area for egg laying.
Hens often lose a large proportion of their feathers due to damage from the sides of the cage and pecking from other hens. To prevent feather pecking, chicks often have part of their beaks cut off.
Luxembourg has banned the use of enriched cages for laying hens and Austria and Germany are phasing out enriched cages. I want the UK to do the same.
I urge you to support the Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation’s call for an end to cages for egg laying birds.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Dear (name of MP),
I am writing to you to ask you to support the campaign for clear ‘Method of Production Labelling’ and to include Method of Slaughter’.
Currently, there is no legal requirement to label products with information on how animals farmed for food are reared, with the exception of whole eggs. Mandatory clear labelling allows consumers to make informed choices.
Millions of animals are being farmed for food each year in the UK, and many people have said that good animal welfare is an important consideration for them when shopping – but we believe food labelling is too confusing to allow consumers to make informed choices about which farming systems they want to support – or avoid supporting – when purchasing animal products.
Where method of production labelling exists, as it does for shell eggs it is popular with farmers and with consumers. Labelling has meant that consumers can identify higher welfare products, “Labels are the only real tool that we consumers have to communicate our preference for higher-welfare products to producers. Labels empower us to drive standards more effectively and to reward farmers who invest in better farm animal welfare.”
Mandatory method of production labelling of all meat and dairy products is the best way to level the playing field for higher welfare products
We support the British Veterinary Association position on non-stun slaughter. Meat from animals which have not been stunned comes onto the general market but does not have to be labelled. As a result, some consumers are unknowingly buying unstunned meat. We call on the Government for meat to be labelled with method of slaughter so consumers can make an informed choice.
I urge you to support The Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation’s campaign for mandatory method of production and method of slaughter labelling.
I look forward to hearing from you,
Dear (Your MP’s name),
I am writing to you to ask for your support for a ban on the consumption of dog meat in the UK.
I fully appreciate the UK laws and regulations surrounding meat classification and the slaughtering of dogs prohibit its production and consumption in a commercial setting. I also understand that it is illegal to sell dog and cat meat for human consumption and that there is no evidence of people either trading dog or cat meat or indeed eating it in the UK. However, the fact remains, it is still legal for an individual to kill a dog or cat in the UK and to eat it.
I support the campaign to close this loophole in the law. The UK’s leadership in animal welfare is held in very high esteem across the world. If we were to introduce this ban, it would have a tremendously positive effect on the campaigns to ban this horrific practice in countries where it takes place. The recent US ban made huge waves across the world especially as they too don’t have a problem of dog or cat meat eating.
The US has banned the slaughter (i.e. killing) of a dog or cat for human consumption as well as possession of dog and cat meat. That goes for anyone, not just those who are undertaking it commercially. This was made very clear in the recent letters to the Prime Minister from the US Congressmen who brought the law into the US. The recent US regulations therefore go beyond those of the UK. Through this legislation, the US has joined the ranks of Germany, Austria, Taiwan, South Australia and Hong Kong, all of which have bans in place.
There is a strong depth of feeling in Parliament to enact a ban. 22 Conservative MPs supported Giles Watling’s amendment to the Agriculture Bill with additional support from Labour, DUP, SNP and Plaid MPs.
Bill Wiggin MP led a 10 Minute Rule Bill and Jim Shannon MP a Westminster Hall debate in 2019.
The dog meat trade internationally is an exceptionally cruel and outdated practice, resulting in the torment and torture of millions of animals each year. As a nation of animal lovers, and a global leader in animal welfare, we must call out this horrific industry to signal to countries where there is more of a problem, that consuming dog meat should not be tolerated.
It is for these reasons that I urge the Government to deeply consider enacting a ban. As you will have seen from coverage in The Sun and Daily Express it has widespread popular support. Bringing in a ban would be hugely supported and gain little opposition and along with the other excellent laws our Government have been undertaking recently in animal welfare, will help tremendously the UK’s leading international position.
If the UK was to enact a ban on the human consumption of dog meat, it would send a powerful signal that these practices are not acceptable anywhere in the world. The UK’s approach to animal welfare is recognised the world over, with many countries adopting the Uk’s model when looking to strengthen their animal welfare laws.
Thank you once again for your consideration of this issue and I hope you will add your support for a ban on dog meat consumption in the UK.
Dear ( your MP’s name)
I am writing as your constituent to ask you to support the Animal Sentience Bill, which will have its second reading in the House of Commons on 18 January.
As someone who loves animals, I know that they are sentient – meaning that they can experience emotions such as joy, pleasure, pain and fear. This has been repeatedly proven to be the case by numerous scientific reports, including examples of elephants showing empathy and even pigs enjoying computer games.
The Government has pledged to enshrine animal sentience in UK law through the introduction of the Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill. The Bill recognises the sentience of animals and establishes a new committee to scrutinise Government policy to consider whether policies will have an adverse impact on the welfare of animals as sentient beings.
I support these necessary measures to enshrine sentience in UK law. Please will you speak in support of animal sentience during the second reading debate and vote in favour of the Sentience Bill?
The bill is supported by a group of over 50 animal welfare charities, known as the Better Deal for Animals coalition.
New legislation to recognise animal sentience in UK law was contained in the 2019 Manifestos of every major party. I hope that the House of Commons can come together on this issue and show that the UK is truly is a nation of animal lovers.
Thank you for your consideration of this request.