Sale of Puppies and Kittens

Part of Backbench Business – in the House of Commons at 12:12 pm on 4th September 2014.

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Photo of Meg Munn Meg Munn Labour, Sheffield, Heeley 12:12 pm, 4th September 2014

I will finish my point.

William Wilberforce had his eyes fixed not only on ending slavery and the slave trade but on animal welfare. Along with a number of other people, including MPs, he was a founder of what was then the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. It subsequently became the RSPCA, which has been such a force for good in animal welfare. We should never have to choose one or the other. A civilised society respects not only human welfare and rights but the rights of animals, and we should therefore support the motion today.