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Crawley News 24 now accepts opinion pieces from our readers for publication.

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The letters pages of papers have always been a great way for people to express their views and now we are opening this up to everyone who reads our news.

If there is something you would like to talk about, a view you would like to give or just an opinion you feel others would like to read then now you can send it in to us for publication on our Opinion page.

We will endeavour to post every letter we received as long as the following is met:

Opinion pieces must be emailed to: info@crawleynews24.co.uk

Must be accompanied by your full name and address. No anonymous letters will be published. If there is a genuine reason not to publish the name of the author then this may be accepted on request of the sender and with agreement of the editor.

Crawley News 24 reserves the right to edit any opinion pieces it receives for any reason.

Henry Smith

‘Stop needless suffering of live animal exports’ says Crawley MP

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In his article this week Crawley MP Henry Smith shows his support for Animal Welfare.

‘I am often contacted by Crawley residents who want to see our nation provide greater animal welfare protections, particularly given the opportunities in this regard upon exiting the European Union’s single market.

As a Vice Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare and a Patron of the Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation, I wholeheartedly agree.

One key area of opportunity is to stop needless suffering of live animals which are being exported for slaughter.

Along with parliamentary colleagues I have campaigned on this issue for some years, with successive UK governments not able to tackle the issue due to the constraints of EU membership.

With the end of the Brexit transition on the horizon, it is right that this Government is looking to the future. The Environment Secretary has launched a consultation aiming to ban live animal exports.

In addition to reducing the risk of potentially severe harms faced by animals being transported due to injury and maltreatment, this would also mean that these animals will no longer have to rely on the welfare laws of other countries, which may fall short of the standards expected in the UK.

Ministers are also consulting on proposals to ensure improvements to animal welfare in transport such as reduced maximum journey times, more space for animals and tighter rules on transporting animals in extreme temperatures.

The Government consultation ‘Improvements to animal welfare in transport’ is open until 28th January 2021. Please click here for more information and to make a submission.’

Henry Smith MP
Crawley Constituency

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