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Primates in Parliament

Wild Futures reception: Pet primates

Monday 17th November saw an evening reception organised by primate charity Wild Futures. The reception was in aid of their campaign to ban the UK pet primate trade. Many parliamentarians and celebrities have pledged their support for the campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the complicated and unhelpful nature of current regulation.

The reception was time to follow the recent EFRA select committee inquiry into primates as pets, where primate experts gave evidence in favour of an outright ban. Wild Futures estimates, along with the RSPCA that there are approximately 5,000 primates being kept as pets in the UK and evidence suggests that figure is growing – far more than the Government estimate. Wild Futures runs a sanctuary for ex-pet monkeys and argue that all of those rescued suffer physically and psychologically following their time kept as pets.

At the reception, hosted by Andrew Rosindell MP and Sheryll Murray MP, speeches were given by Wild Futures, the RSPCA, Dr Jane Goodall DBE, and Bill Oddie. Primate sculptures were also on display in the IPU Room and Westminster hall, by renowned sculptor Rudy Weller.

Hannah, the Parliamentary Veterinary Intern, had a good chat with Bill Oddie about the Wild Futures campaign and work to address the issue of the effects of diclofenac on wild vulture populations.

Hannah meets Bill Oddie
Hannah meets Bill Oddie


Annual Reception for Eggs, pigs and poultry

All-Party Parliamentary Group for Eggs, Pigs & Poultry

The APPG for Eggs, Pigs and Poultry held its annual reception on Wednesday 29th October, hosted by the chairman of the APPG, Neil Parish MP. The group exists as a cross-party body to inform Peers and MPs interested in the egg, poultry meat and pork sectors. The group has the support of the National Pig Association, the British Poultry Council, the British Egg Industry Council and the National Farmers Union.

The reception is an informal affair and Neil Parish gave a short address on the progress of the enquiry currently being led by the APPG into planning, antibiotics and welfare associated with egg, pig and poultry production. Only the day before, the group had concluded its final evidence session. Several Peers and MPs  attended the reception to chat to the industry representatives about their concerns. These concerns included, but were not limited to: parasitic red mite infestation, the 2018 EU beak-trimming ban and alternative options to prevent cannibalism, African swine fever, Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus, and consumer understanding of quality assurance schemes.