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RACEHORSE WHIPPING

EDM (Early Day Motion) 713: tabled on 20 January 2015

Tabled in the 2014-15 session.

This motion has been signed by 66 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

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

Motion text

That this House notes that racehorses are routinely beaten with a whip under rules set by the industry's regulatory body, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA); further notes that these rules explicitly sanction this violent treatment in order that jockeys may encourage racehorses to improve their chances of winning, even though evidence indicates that whipping for this purpose is counter-productive; further notes that no other animal can be legally beaten in such circumstances and that a 2014 YouGov poll found that 70 per cent of all respondents oppose racehorses being whipped; recognises that, for genuine purposes of safety where other methods have failed to bring a horse under control, a whip can be legitimately employed, as is the case in Norway; and calls on the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to ensure that the BHA's rules are amended to forbid use of the whip for encouragement or for equivalent reasons.

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 17 March 2015
Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Begg, Dame Anne
Labour
Signed on 5 February 2015
Aberdeen South
Betts, Mr Clive
Labour
Signed on 17 March 2015
Sheffield South East
Birtwistle, Gordon
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 3 February 2015
Burnley
Clark, Katy
Labour
Signed on 2 March 2015
North Ayrshire and Arran
Clarke, Mr Tom
Labour
Signed on 9 February 2015
Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill
Clwyd, Ann
Labour
Signed on 3 February 2015
Cynon Valley
Connarty, Michael
Labour
Signed on 25 March 2015
Linlithgow and East Falkirk
Cooper, Rosie
Labour
Signed on 11 February 2015
West Lancashire
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
Signed on 23 January 2015
Islington North
Crausby, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 10 February 2015
Bolton North East
Cunningham, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 17 March 2015
Coventry South
Davidson, Mr Ian
Labour
Signed on 23 March 2015
Glasgow South West
Davies, Geraint
Labour
Signed on 23 March 2015
Swansea West
Dodds, Mr Nigel
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 5 February 2015
Belfast North
Donaldson, Mr Jeffrey M.
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 23 February 2015
Lagan Valley
Doran, Mr Frank
Labour
Signed on 12 February 2015
Aberdeen North
Dowd, Jim
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2015
Lewisham West and Penge
Engel, Natascha
Labour
Signed on 10 February 2015
North East Derbyshire
Field, Mr Frank
Labour
Signed on 9 February 2015
Birkenhead
Flynn, Paul
Labour
Signed on 17 March 2015
Newport West
Galloway, Mr George
Respect
Signed on 11 February 2015
Bradford West
George, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 23 February 2015
St Ives
Gilbert, Stephen
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 March 2015
St Austell and Newquay
Godsiff, Mr Roger
Labour
Signed on 23 March 2015
Birmingham, Hall Green
Hamilton, Fabian
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2015
Leeds North East
Hemming, John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 March 2015
Birmingham, Yardley
Hermon, Lady
Independent
Signed on 28 January 2015
North Down
Hood, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2015
Lanark and Hamilton East
Horwood, Martin
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 10 March 2015
Cheltenham
Howarth, Mr George
Labour
Signed on 3 February 2015
Knowsley
Huppert, Dr Julian
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 11 February 2015
Cambridge
Jackson, Glenda
Labour
Signed on 4 February 2015
Hampstead and Kilburn
Kaufman, Sir Gerald
Labour
Signed on 2 February 2015
Manchester, Gorton
Lazarowicz, Mark
Labour
Signed on 6 March 2015
Edinburgh North and Leith
Lloyd, Stephen
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 February 2015
Eastbourne
Long, Naomi
Alliance
Signed on 23 February 2015
Belfast East
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
Signed on 28 January 2015
Brighton, Pavilion
McCrea, Dr William
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 3 February 2015
South Antrim
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 22 January 2015
Hayes and Harlington
McGovern, Jim
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2015
Dundee West
McKenzie, Iain
Labour
Signed on 3 February 2015
Inverclyde
Mudie, Mr George
Labour
Signed on 18 March 2015
Leeds East
Pearce, Teresa
Labour
Signed on 26 February 2015
Erith and Thamesmead
Pugh, John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 5 February 2015
Southport
Reid, Mr Alan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 5 March 2015
Argyll and Bute
Ruddock, Dame Joan
Labour
Signed on 10 February 2015
Lewisham, Deptford
Stringer, Graham
Labour
Signed on 11 March 2015
Blackley and Broughton
Thornberry, Emily
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2015
Islington South and Finsbury
Thurso, John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 23 March 2015
Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross
Walley, Joan
Labour
Signed on 9 February 2015
Stoke-on-Trent North
Ward, Mr David
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 25 March 2015
Bradford East
Watson, Mr Tom
Labour
Signed on 23 March 2015
West Bromwich East
Watts, Mr Dave
Labour
Signed on 9 February 2015
St Helens North
Williams, Hywel
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 29 January 2015
Arfon
Williams, Mr Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 March 2015
Ceredigion
Williamson, Chris
Labour
Signed on 4 February 2015
Derby North
Willott, Jenny
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 11 March 2015
Cardiff Central
Wood, Mike
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2015
Batley and Spen
Wright, David
Labour
Signed on 24 February 2015
Telford

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.