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ANIMAL WELFARE (No. 2)

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1626: tabled on 13 February 2006

Tabled in the 2005-06 session.

This motion has been signed by 144 Members. It has received 1 amendment.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

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Motion text

That this House commends the work of Animal Defenders International in collecting video evidence of the abnormal behaviour and suffering of animals in travelling circuses, and notes this shows that travelling circuses cannot adequately provide for the basic welfare needs of their animals and as such fail the welfare test of the Animal Welfare Bill; notes that circus animals spend excessive periods of time shut in transporters, whether travelling or not, are forced to live in temporary facilities lacking appropriate space and environmental enrichment, and often in inappropriate groupings of animals; further notes that violence is commonplace and part of the circus culture, and no other working animals spend such a long time, normally at least eight months, in temporary mobile accommodation, thus making animal transport regulations difficult to police and enforce, and that the arrangements for circus animals are entirely different from the higher quality accommodation and transport arrangements of animals being transported for racing, horse shows, dog shows and similar events; and therefore urges that the Animal Welfare Bill is used to end the use of animals in travelling circuses and to take measures to protect performing animals in permanent facilities through regulation and to end the currently legal use of violence to train animals for the purposes of entertainment.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Abbott, Ms Diane
Labour
Signed on 1 March 2006
Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Alexander, Danny
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 March 2006
Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
Amess, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 27 March 2006
Southend West
Anderson, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 29 March 2006
Blaydon
Anderson, Janet
Labour
Signed on 23 March 2006
Rossendale and Darwen
Austin, John
Labour
Signed on 1 March 2006
Erith and Thamesmead
Baker, Norman
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 15 February 2006
Lewes
Barrett, John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 3 March 2006
Edinburgh West
Benton, Mr Joe
Labour
Signed on 16 March 2006
Bootle
Berry, Dr Roger
Labour
Signed on 8 May 2006
Kingswood
Brake, Tom
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 9 May 2006
Carshalton and Wallington
Brooke, Annette
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 February 2006
Mid Dorset and North Poole
Brown, Lyn
Labour
Signed on 25 May 2006
West Ham
Bruce, Malcolm
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 April 2006
Gordon
Buck, Ms Karen
Labour
Signed on 18 April 2006
Regent's Park and Kensington North
Burden, Richard
Labour
Signed on 23 March 2006
Birmingham, Northfield
Burgon, Colin
Labour
Signed on 15 February 2006
Elmet
Burt, Lorely
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 7 March 2006
Solihull
Butler, Ms Dawn
Labour
Signed on 5 June 2006
Brent South
Cable, Dr Vincent
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 22 March 2006
Twickenham
Carmichael, Mr Alistair
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 April 2006
Orkney and Shetland
Caton, Mr Martin
Labour
Signed on 15 February 2006
Gower
Challen, Colin
Labour
Signed on 27 February 2006
Morley and Rothwell
Chaytor, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 21 March 2006
Bury North
Clapham, Mr Michael
Labour
Signed on 15 March 2006
Barnsley West and Penistone
Clark, Ms Katy
Labour
Signed on 23 March 2006
North Ayrshire and Arran
Clegg, Mr Nick
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 May 2006
Sheffield, Hallam
Cook, Frank
Labour
Signed on 27 February 2006
Stockton North
Cooper, Rosie
Labour
Signed on 1 March 2006
West Lancashire
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
Signed on 15 February 2006
Islington North
Crausby, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 28 March 2006
Bolton North East
Cruddas, Jon
Labour
Signed on 23 May 2006
Dagenham
Cryer, Mrs Ann
Labour
Signed on 15 February 2006
Keighley
Cummings, John
Labour
Signed on 28 February 2006
Easington
Davey, Mr Edward
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 June 2006
Kingston and Surbiton
Dean, Mrs Janet
Labour
Signed on 28 February 2006
Burton
Devine, Jim
Labour
Signed on 27 February 2006
Livingston
Dismore, Mr Andrew
Labour
Signed on 14 February 2006
Hendon
Dobbin, Jim
Labour
Signed on 7 March 2006
Heywood and Middleton
Doran, Mr Frank
Labour
Signed on 16 March 2006
Aberdeen North
Dowd, Jim
Labour
Signed on 2 March 2006
Lewisham West
Drew, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 28 February 2006
Stroud
Efford, Clive
Labour
Signed on 7 March 2006
Eltham
Ennis, Jeff
Labour
Signed on 2 March 2006
Barnsley East and Mexborough
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 27 February 2006
Sunderland North
Featherstone, Lynne
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 8 March 2006
Hornsey and Wood Green
Field, Mr Frank
Labour
Signed on 21 March 2006
Birkenhead
Fisher, Mark
Labour
Signed on 15 March 2006
Stoke-on-Trent Central
Flynn, Paul
Labour
Signed on 14 February 2006
Newport West
Foster, Mr Don
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 February 2006
Bath
Francis, Dr Hywel
Labour
Signed on 28 March 2006
Aberavon
George, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 26 April 2006
St Ives
Gerrard, Mr Neil
Labour
Signed on 20 April 2006
Walthamstow
Gibson, Dr Ian
Labour
Signed on 14 March 2006
Norwich North
Gidley, Sandra
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 April 2006
Romsey
Gilroy, Linda
Labour
Signed on 27 March 2006
Plymouth, Sutton
Goldsworthy, Julia
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 20 March 2006
Falmouth and Camborne
Griffith, Nia
Labour
Signed on 16 March 2006
Llanelli
Hamilton, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 29 March 2006
Midlothian
Hamilton, Fabian
Labour
Signed on 18 April 2006
Leeds North East
Harvey, Nick
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 April 2006
North Devon
Heyes, David
Labour
Signed on 20 April 2006
Ashton-under-Lyne
Hodgson, Mrs Sharon
Labour
Signed on 27 February 2006
Gateshead East and Washington West
Holmes, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 15 February 2006
Chesterfield
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 15 March 2006
Luton North
Horam, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 17 March 2006
Orpington
Horwood, Mr Martin
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 February 2006
Cheltenham
Howarth, David
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 10 March 2006
Cambridge
Hughes, Simon
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 April 2006
North Southwark and Bermondsey
Huhne, Chris
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 20 March 2006
Eastleigh
Hunter, Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 28 February 2006
Cheadle
Illsley, Mr Eric
Labour
Signed on 30 March 2006
Barnsley Central
James, Mrs Siân C.
Labour
Signed on 16 March 2006
Swansea East
Jenkins, Mr Brian
Labour
Signed on 16 February 2006
Tamworth
Johnson, Ms Diana R.
Labour
Signed on 16 March 2006
Kingston upon Hull North
Jones, Lynne
Labour
Signed on 14 February 2006
Birmingham, Selly Oak
Jones, Mr Martyn
Labour
Signed on 27 March 2006
Clwyd South
Kaufman, Sir Gerald
Labour
Signed on 15 March 2006
Manchester, Gorton
Keen, Alan
Labour
Signed on 18 April 2006
Feltham and Heston
Keetch, Mr Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 22 March 2006
Hereford
Kemp, Mr Fraser
Labour
Signed on 17 March 2006
Houghton and Washington East
Khabra, Mr Piara S
Labour
Signed on 17 March 2006
Ealing, Southall
Kramer, Susan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 April 2006
Richmond Park
Lamb, Norman
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 23 May 2006
North Norfolk
Lazarowicz, Mark
Labour
Signed on 18 April 2006
Edinburgh North and Leith
Love, Mr Andy
Labour
Signed on 25 July 2006
Edmonton
Mackinlay, Andrew
Labour
Signed on 16 March 2006
Thurrock
Main, Anne
Conservative
Signed on 20 March 2006
St Albans
Marris, Rob
Labour
Signed on 27 March 2006
Wolverhampton South West
Marshall-Andrews, Mr Robert
Labour
Signed on 6 March 2006
Medway
McCafferty, Chris
Labour
Signed on 17 March 2006
Calder Valley
McCarthy, Kerry
Labour
Signed on 27 March 2006
Bristol East
McCarthy-Fry, Sarah
Labour
Signed on 22 March 2006
Portsmouth North
McDonnell, Dr Alasdair
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 24 April 2006
Belfast South
Moon, Mrs Madeleine
Labour
Signed on 28 February 2006
Bridgend
Morgan, Julie
Labour
Signed on 9 October 2006
Cardiff North
Mulholland, Greg
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 9 October 2006
Leeds North West
Naysmith, Dr Doug
Labour
Signed on 26 April 2006
Bristol North West
O'Hara, Mr Edward
Labour
Signed on 13 March 2006
Knowsley South
Olner, Mr Bill
Labour
Signed on 27 February 2006
Nuneaton
Osborne, Sandra
Labour
Signed on 27 February 2006
Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
Owen, Albert
Labour
Signed on 28 February 2006
Ynys Môn
Penning, Mike
Conservative
Signed on 27 February 2006
Hemel Hempstead
Pope, Mr Greg
Labour
Signed on 16 February 2006
Hyndburn
Pritchard, Mark
Conservative
Signed on 29 March 2006
The Wrekin
Prosser, Gwyn
Labour
Signed on 18 April 2006
Dover
Reed, Mr Jamie
Labour
Signed on 18 April 2006
Copeland
Riordan, Mrs Linda
Labour
Signed on 9 March 2006
Halifax
Rogerson, Dan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 30 March 2006
North Cornwall
Ruddock, Joan
Labour
Signed on 15 March 2006
Lewisham, Deptford
Sanders, Mr Adrian
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 28 February 2006
Torbay
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 7 March 2006
Nottingham South
Smith, Geraldine
Labour
Signed on 17 March 2006
Morecambe and Lunesdale
Smith, John
Labour
Signed on 27 April 2006
Vale of Glamorgan
Stunell, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 February 2006
Hazel Grove
Swinson, Jo
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 March 2006
East Dunbartonshire
Taylor, David
Labour
Signed on 14 March 2006
North West Leicestershire
Taylor, Dr Richard
Independent
Signed on 16 March 2006
Wyre Forest
Thornberry, Ms Emily
Labour
Signed on 2 May 2006
Islington South and Finsbury
Todd, Mr Mark
Labour
Signed on 17 March 2006
South Derbyshire
Trickett, Jon
Labour
Signed on 4 July 2006
Hemsworth
Turner, Dr Desmond
Labour
Signed on 20 March 2006
Brighton, Kemptown
Ussher, Kitty
Labour
Signed on 5 June 2006
Burnley
Vis, Dr Rudi
Labour
Signed on 15 February 2006
Finchley and Golders Green
Wareing, Mr Robert N.
Labour
Signed on 21 March 2006
Liverpool, West Derby
Watkinson, Angela
Conservative
Signed on 17 March 2006
Upminster
Widdecombe, Miss Ann
Conservative
Signed on 28 February 2006
Maidstone and The Weald
Williams, Mrs Betty
Labour
Signed on 27 February 2006
Conwy
Williams, Hywel
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 29 March 2006
Caernarfon
Williams, Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 22 March 2006
Ceredigion
Williams, Mr Roger
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 15 February 2006
Brecon and Radnorshire
Williams, Stephen
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 15 February 2006
Bristol West
Willis, Mr Phil
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 30 March 2006
Harrogate and Knaresborough
Willott, Jenny
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 3 May 2006
Cardiff Central
Wood, Mike
Labour
Signed on 27 February 2006
Batley and Spen
Wright, Mr Anthony
Labour
Signed on 18 April 2006
Great Yarmouth
Wyatt, Derek
Labour
Signed on 18 April 2006
Sittingbourne and Sheppey
Younger-Ross, Richard
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 April 2006
Teignbridge

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.

After a motion has been tabled, other Members can table amendments to it. Amendments to this motion are shown below.

ANIMAL WELFARE (No. 2) (Amendment 1)
leave out from `House' to end and insert `deplores the use of misleading film footage by Animal Defenders International to make false claims about animal cruelty in circuses in the UK, noting that the vast bulk of the footage was filmed abroad, and that the footage showing abuses in the UK was extremely old and does not reflect current practices; acknowledges that only three touring circuses in the UK use wild animals; regrets the deliberate failure by campaigners to distinguish between wild and domestic animals in circuses; notes the scientific evidence in the Kiley-Worthington Report, commissioned by the RSPCA and written by a respected animal behaviourist, which found that, rather than being intrinsically harmful to captive animals, circuses can provide them with a beneficial mixture of exercise, stimulation and human contact; recognises that circuses' transport records show that the times and conditions for animals in transit exceed the legal requirements; supports the independent inspections that are conducted by local authorities with the full cooperation of circuses; praises the leading circuses for adopting an independent code of conduct and the wider industry for working together with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in order to formulate the proposed regulations for the use of animals in circuses; and vigorously defends the right of touring circuses to continue to use domestic animals such as horses, dogs and budgerigars in full compliance with the welfare test of the Animal Welfare Bill'.
Conservative, Mid Worcestershire
5
signatures
EDM 1626A1: tabled on 1 March 2006