At the moment there is nothing to stop an animal abuser from moving a few miles up the road and then obtaining another animal to inflict further abuse on. Stricter laws need to be implemented to help protect vulnerable defenceless animals in the future.
When we're buying a used car, we make a judgement as to what it's worth to us. If the price is right, we pay the money and buy the car. But before we do, we stop and think: is it worth it? Is the price worth paying? And for me, the price we pay in human terms for the EU is just not worth it.
I don't think that we will ever see an end to horse racing, as it is deeply embedded in British Culture, however we can certainly bring attention to improvements which so desperately need to be made. By wearing this hat, I am hoping to open up a calm and civilised discussion with MPs and those in the horse race industry on how we can move forward.
Is it too great a leap of faith to imagine that, just as the death of Cecil galvanised the world to reconsider the justification and morality of trophy hunting, so the death of Harambe will cause a seismic readjustment of public attitudes to the lifetime incarceration of millions of animals for little more than costly and, indeed, wasteful public entertainment?
Maybe you will lose them in a supermarket or in a large crowd sometime, maybe even at an airport. That will be ok though, right? As long as it is not at the zoo, because then they fall in with the gorillas. Like Michelle Gregg should have apparently foreseen.
While claiming to have the highest standards of animal welfare in the world, the EU quietly engages in a trade of great cruelty. The EU exports over two million cattle and sheep a year to the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey.
Zebras, camels, a fox and a raccoon are among the animals being used in two licensed circuses in England at the moment. In Ireland, elephants and big cats are being used again this year and at present it is legal to use any animal in English circuses as long as the circus is licensed.
The world is at a tipping point--closer than ever before to ending the misery of animals used in toxicity tests for cosmetics and their ingredients. After years of pressure from animal protection groups, caring consumers and ethical retailers across the globe, cosmetics cruelty has been fully or partially banned by law in 33 countries, home to 1.7 billion consumers, with at least 10 more countries lining up to do the same.
At the League Against Cruel Sports, we sadly all too often come across terrible stories of abuse and persecution of animals. As part of our work, we investigate and sometimes witness first-hand brutal, senseless violence that has been directed at animals in the name of 'sport'.
The use of wild animals for our own entertainment has no place in a modern society. The sooner their use in circuses is prohibited the better. An outright ban is long overdue and the Government needs to deliver on its promises by bringing one forward without further delay.
Clarity on what animal welfare actually means to the animal and comprising both positive physical and psychological requirements into definitions and consequent measures are essential to bypass vague and ambiguous guidelines.
Up to a fifth of dairy cows in the UK are kept indoors in factory farms all year round, never feeling the grass beneath their feet or the sun on their backs. In Denmark 85 per cent of farms were grazing cows on grass in 2001, but by 2010 this had reduced to just 35 per cent . In the US the majority of dairy farms are industrial-scale indoor systems which can house tens of thousands of cows.
Our status as a nation of animal lovers has been a proud hallmark of Britain for centuries. Animal welfare is undoubtedly important to the UK. The country is home to 65 million pets and supporters of the two biggest animal charities in the country, the RSPCA and the RSPB, happily donate almost £200m a year.
At 5.15pm on Saturday, 40 horses will face the starting tape in the 2016 Grand National. They're there because of punters' money that will make the bookies, promoters and the horses' connections potentially rich. The horses get nothing out of it - only fear and a serious risk of imminent death.
If the last law about collar and tag is little known and rarely enforced, will it be the same for microchipping? And if the scanning of the microchip is not going to be part of this new legislation, will all this effort be in vain if you're in the unfortunate circumstance of losing your pet.
We must scale our conversation back more wholly, dismantling the very framework that underpins our prioritisation of spectacle, competition, tradition and recreation over that of animal welfare. Whilst this framework remains intact, progress will continue to be inconsistent. Meanwhile, cruelty will continue to occur on our doorstep.