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MEP: Animal welfare is the defining issue

Flack: Animal welfare is the defining issue

BREXIT will go unmentioned in 50 years time – but people will instead be discussing animal welfare and whether this generation seized its opportunities to improve the lives of their fellow creatures.

That was the prediction of campaigning MEP John Flack when he addressed a rally organised by Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) against live transportation of animals.

Other speakers at the event in Hyde Park, London, included actor and campaigner Peter Egan and CIWF chief executive Philip Lymbery.

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Mr Flack is using his last few weeks as Conservative MEP for the East of England to continue pressing for a animal welfare reforms, which he said should be the defining issue of the next half century.

He told the rally: “It’s evident things are changing in the UK. Brexit, despite its other challenges, gives us a once in a generation opportunity to re-write the rules.

“And there’s change afoot in the political climate, not just at home but in Europe and in many countries across the world. Just this week we have heard the New Zealand government is to consider a ban on live export. That would be truly ground breaking.

He reminded the crowd of anti-slavery campaigner William Wilberforce’s words: “You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know”

Mr Flack said: “I believe that in 50 years time people will not be talking about Brexit. People will be talking about whether or not we seized this chance to dramatically improve the lives of the animals we share our world with. I want to see the UK become the gold standard for animal welfare across the world.”

He said that just as Wilberforce was proud to be a fanatic on the issue of slavery he was proud to be a fanatic against animal cruelty – and he challenged his audience to be fanatics too.


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