‘The League at the Liberal Democrat Conference’

Posted on September 26, 2012

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Today (26th September), an item was posted on the web-site of the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) titled ‘The League at the Liberal Democrat Conference’.

‘… The League Against Cruel Sports has just returned from a successful trip to the Liberal Democrat conference in Brighton. We visited a number of important fringe events, starting with the always popular RSPCA beer and curry night. The RSPCA are an important partner in our campaign against the badger cull and so It was great to meet up with Gavin Grant, Chief Executive of the RSPCA and his colleagues to discuss the future of animal welfare over beer and naan bread.

On Monday, we met with Andrew George, the Member of Parliament for St Ives and Co-Chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Policy Committee for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. We also met with David Heath, the new Minister for Animal Welfare, who has promised to meet with us to discuss our concerns over animal cruelty in more detail (we’ll be holding you to that Minister!) In addition, that afternoon we also got the brilliant news that the badger cull e-petition had reached over 100,000 signatures in under two weeks, which means it can now be considered by MPs for a debate in Parliament, which we will be pushing for at the earliest opportunity.

We also attended a lively fringe event hosted by the National Farmers Union and the Food and Drink Federation, which was attended by David Heath and Lib Dem President, Tim Farron, along with representatives from the NFU and FDF. We asked the panel if the Government should reconsider their policy of killing badgers, given the strength of feeling shown through the e-petition. The Minister for Animal Welfare, whilst disappointingly sticking to the discredited “evidence” that supports a cull, did acknowledge that culling on its own would not eradicate Bovine TB. We were also encouraged to hear that more money is being invested in finding a solution through the vaccination of cattle.

We ended the evening with a visit to the Sky News reception to meet with a number of journalists, including Sky News presenter Adam Bolton and representatives from Newsnight and Sky Radio. We had already met Michael White, Assistant Editor of the Guardian earlier in the afternoon and gave him an impromptu briefing on the badger cull, but it was great to meet with a number of other journalists and broadcasters to raise awareness of animal cruelty. Look out for our further updates as we travel to Manchester next week for the Labour Party Conference, followed by Birmingham with the Conservatives.

Please sign the badger e-petition if you haven’t already …’

Read the item and add your comment online at www.league.org.uk/blogpost/734/The-League-at-the-Liberal-Democrat-Conference

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