Wildlife Crime — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 3:56 pm on 20th March 2019.

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Photo of Chris Matheson Chris Matheson Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office) 3:56 pm, 20th March 2019

I thank all right hon. and hon. Members who have contributed to the debate. The term “wildlife crime” has been given quite a wide exposition. I welcome the contribution of John Howell, who gave us the international dimension, and my right hon. Friend David Hanson, who gave us the rural farming dimension. I particularly welcome the contribution of Sir David Amess, from the soon-to-be city of Southend, simply on the basis that he, Sir Roger Gale, and indeed you, Mr Rosindell, were pioneers of the cause of animal rights in the Conservative party when—if Government Members will forgive me—it was not always a fashionable cause in that party. Those hon. Members led the way, and I am grateful for that.

I am most grateful to the Minister and the shadow Minister for their expositions. My only concern about much of what the Minister said is that, although we are now out of the foxhunting season this year, when it begins again next year and the foxes continue to be killed in that dreadful way, the calls for further reviews and tightening of the law will continue and grow louder. I thank all hon. Members from across the Chamber for their contributions.

Question put and agreed to.


That this House
has considered wildlife crime.