At the inaugural meeting of the new All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Endangered Species, I was elected as Treasurer of the group. The new group is seeking to influence the policy of the Government in protecting endangered species around the world.
APPG’s are cross party groups which meet to find consensus on the issue that they specialise in.
The APPG for Endangered Species met today to hear from leading industry experts on how the law must change to ensure that protection of species around the world. There were representatives from Born Free, Save the Asian Elephant and the Environmental Investigation Agency to name but a few.
It is an honour to be elected Treasurer of the APPG for Endangered Species. I have long been an advocate of supporting species whose existence is being threatened, sadly, due to human actions.
We heard many compelling stories charting the failures and successes of international efforts to bring an end to illegal wildlife trade. The UK has been at the forefront of tackling the issues that cause species to go into decline, but I believe that the Government could and should do better.
I have received many correspondents from constituents asking me to stand up for animal welfare at home and abroad. The APPG will be an excellent vehicle to drive this change.