Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has supported badgers against a cull when speaking in a Parliamentary debate this afternoon.
Earlier this week, the Government announced that it will delay the planned cull until next summer. However, backbench MPs had the opportunity today to voice their concerns, after securing a debate on the matter last week. Mike, along with a selection of cross-party colleagues, spoke out against the Government’s pre-occupation with a cull and placed a strong emphasis on animal-friendly vaccinations.
Mike has continued to be an advocate of animal welfare since he was elected in 2010. He argued against the repealing of the 2004 Hunting Act; he supported the ban on wild animals in circuses; and he has signed several Early Day Motions against testing household and cosmetic products on animals.
Commenting, Mike said: “While I was pleased that the Government has listened and delayed the cull until next year, I am glad that today’s debate still went ahead so that my colleagues and I were able to discuss the subject. As I pointed out in my speech, it is vital that the Government takes on board the issues that were raised in today’s debate and gives much greater consideration to a solution involving a vaccination.”