16 February 1996

Think-tank for animal welfare

PRESSURE from grass roots Tories has led to the formation of the Conservative Animal Welfare Group.

The aim of the group, which has the backing of the chairman of the all-party parliamentary animal welfare group, Roger Gale (Cons, Thanet North), is to act as a think-tank on all animal welfare matters.

Its launch comes after calls at last years party conference for greater political understanding of the animal welfare debate.

The group is chaired by Conservative prospective parliamentary candidate for Crawley, Josephine Crabb, who hoped single-issue animal welfare campaigners would be encouraged into mainstream politics.

Vet Tim Mainland, Prestatyn, Clwyd, said he wanted to see the Conservatives look at the live animal transport debate, the quarantine situation and the current Dangerous Dogs Act legislation.

Mr Mainland added it was time for the Conservatives to cut the number of animals transported long distances across the Continent. &#42