Julian supports Cats Protection’s ‘paws-itive’ work in Huntington
February 12, 2018
Last Friday, Julian visited the Cats Protection adoption centre in Huntington to see first-hand how the charity cares for unwanted cats, meeting the 23 current feline residents.
After his visit, Julian said “I was really impressed at the work done by staff and volunteers here. The centre does a brilliant job looking after unwanted cats and kittens and I am happy to show my support today. It was very interesting to go behind the scenes and see just how much work is involved in getting a cat rehomed.
Cats are an important part of millions of people’s lives in this country and this visit has given me the chance to discuss some of the issues that Cats Protection is currently campaigning for. It has been wonderful to hear about Cats Protection’s 2022 Agenda and their work to promote the welfare needs of cats to parliamentarians.”
Julian currently serves on Parliament’s Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee currently which has recently published a report on the draft animal welfare bill to increase animal cruelty sentencing to five years and to bring animal sentience into UK law.
Cats Protection is currently calling on parliamentarians to speak up for cats and support its 2022 Agenda which highlights where the charity wants to be at the end of this Parliament. This includes encouraging registered landlords to have responsible pet policies and tenancy agreements that allow cats. It is hoped this will reduce the number of cases where pets are sadly separated from their owners when they move.
Madison Rogers, the charity’s Advocacy and Government Relations Officer, said: “It has been a pleasure to speak to Mr Sturdy about the issues facing cats and how the EFRA Committee can continue to better improve the lives of the nations’ cats.”
Cats Protection was pleased to give evidence to the EFRA Committee last year on the breeding and sale of kittens.
Madison added: “Since we provided evidence, we were thrilled that the Government went on to ban the sale of kittens under eight weeks of age. To hear that they are also consulting to ban the commercial sale of kittens by someone who has not bred them, is just fantastic.”
More information about Cats Protection’s 2022 Agenda for Cats is available here: www.cats.org.uk/2022agenda