Vicky Foxcroft MP

Member of Parliament for Lewisham Deptford

Animal Welfare

Thank you to everyone who has contacted me both before and after the general election to raise their concerns about sentencing for animal cruelty. I am aware that several organisations, including the League Against Cruel Sports and Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, have expressed concern that sentences they do not always appear to match the abuse suffered by the animals, especially in the case of extreme cruelty such as dog fighting. I agree that any sentences given by the courts must reflect the seriousness of these crimes. It is important that we send out a strong and powerful message that animal cruelty must stop.

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The Government is yet to make any significant changes in this area and recently stated that it has no plans to introduce an animal abusers register. I believe that ministers should consider increasing magistrates’ sentencing powers and ensuring that the most serious cases of animal abuse are heard at the Crown Court. Any review should consider the prevalence of these offences and whether the current sentencing guidance is being applied properly.

As many of you will know, two Private Members’ Bills were introduced during the last Parliament with the aim of increasing the maximum sentences available for the offences of animal fighting and animal cruelty. The Animal Fighting (Sentencing) Bill and the Animal Cruelty (Sentencing) Bill were scheduled to have their Second Reading debates on Friday 24th February 2017, but this was objected to in both cases. The bills were relisted for 24th March but they were very low on the order paper and unfortunately therefore had no chance of being debated.

I would like to reassure my constituents that my Labour Party colleagues and I support efforts to increase sentences for those convicted of animal abuse and will continue to press for clear and enforceable penalties against anyone who commits animal cruelty offences. 

Animal Cruelty Sentencing

Thank you to everyone who has contacted me both before and after the general election to raise their concerns about sentencing for animal cruelty. I am aware that several organisations,...

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I know that many of my constituents are keen supporters of animal welfare campaigns and recently I have received a large number of emails calling for a ban on fur imports.

I welcomed the ban on fur farming in the UK and the last Labour Government’s 2006 Animal Welfare Act which put into law the most fundamental piece of animal welfare legislation for nearly a century. The act set legal minimum standards for animal welfare and tougher penalties for cruelty against animals. It also introduced a new duty of care on people to ensure the needs of any animal for which they are responsible, and made it an offence to cause unnecessary suffering to any animal.

Fur Imports

I know that many of my constituents are keen supporters of animal welfare campaigns and recently I have received a large number of emails calling for a ban on fur... Read more

On Monday 6th February a Westminster Hall debate was held to discuss the domestic ivory trade. Ahead of the debate a number of constituents got in touch to ask me to attend. Unfortunately I was not able to be there due to other parliamentary commitments but I support a total ban on the trade.

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UK Domestic Ivory Trade - *Updated 01/03/17*

On Monday 6th February a Westminster Hall debate was held to discuss the domestic ivory trade. Ahead of the debate a number of constituents got in touch to ask me... Read more

On Monday 14th November last year and in response to a petition with over 100, 000 signatures, there was a Westminster Hall debate on giving status to Police Dogs and Police Horses as Police Officers, in order to enshrine the rights of these brave animals in law.

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Finn's Law campaign: Legal Protections for Police Animals

On Monday 14th November last year and in response to a petition with over 100, 000 signatures, there was a Westminster Hall debate on giving status to Police Dogs and... Read more

As some of you may know, on November 29th there was a parliamentary debate on CCTV in equine slaughterhouses. Unfortunately I was not able to attend, but as I have received emails from constituents asking for my views I would like to share them with you here.

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CCTV in Equine Slaughterhouses *Updated 18/01/17*

As some of you may know, on November 29th there was a parliamentary debate on CCTV in equine slaughterhouses. Unfortunately I was not able to attend, but as I have... Read more

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Many residents of Lewisham Deptford have contacted me to share their concerns about the welfare of dogs being bought and sold and the detrimental impact of poor breeding practices. My Labour colleagues and I have long believed licensing requirements should be tightened in this area and that enforcement actions should be better targeted across the board.

While it has no plans to ban the sale of dogs by third parties, the Government is reviewing animal establishments licensing and has proposed tightening up the standards of welfare that apply to these sales. I welcome this review, which includes plans to update the legal requirements for each licensed activity, including clarifying standards around the sale of puppies, the licensing threshold for dog breeding, and the provision of information alongside pet sales. 

Protecting Puppies *Updated 19/12/16*

Many residents of Lewisham Deptford have contacted me to share their concerns about the welfare of dogs being bought and sold and the detrimental impact of poor breeding practices. My... Read more

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Over the past few weeks I have received a large number of emails from constituents wishing to express their concerns about the breeding and selling of kittens.

Although distinct legislation exists to regulate the breeding and selling of dogs, there is no equivalent for the breeding of cats. Irresponsible breeding is a growing problem and poor breeding practices contribute greatly to the number of abandoned animals rescue centres have to deal with.  

Kitten Breeding *Updated 19/12/16*

Over the past few weeks I have received a large number of emails from constituents wishing to express their concerns about the breeding and selling of kittens. Although distinct legislation... Read more

There was recently a Westminster Hall debate about driven grouse shooting, which many constituents contacted me about. We have a moral duty to treat animals in a humane and compassionate way and the previous Labour Government had a proud record on animal welfare. For example, the Animal Welfare Act 2006 embedded in statute, for the first time, clear standards relating to the welfare of animals. 

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Grouse shooting

There was recently a Westminster Hall debate about driven grouse shooting, which many constituents contacted me about. We have a moral duty to treat animals in a humane and compassionate... Read more

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