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Rob Marris supported in Parliament a new public awareness campaign launched by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to target the growing problem of the illicit and cruel UK puppy trade. Rob also calls for tougher legislation to strengthen current DEFRA guidelines, which evidence suggests are being ignored.

The puppy industry is booming, but with many UK breeders and puppy smugglers across Europe producing puppies solely for profit, all too often these animals suffer serious illness or behavioural problems later in life. Others, sadly, do not survive.

IFAW has devised a useful guide, P.U.P.S, for anyone looking to buy a puppy, to ensure they know what to look for to avoid buying an unhealthy, possibly puppy farmed animal. The P.U.P.S mnemonic, below, is accompanied by a kitsch, online mock advert for a children’s toy, the Suzy puppy. The short film depicts a young girl’s delight at her new toy puppy, but mirroring the grim reality of the puppy industry she quickly discovers that her seemingly perfect pup is in fact suffering a great deal.

Rob Marris said: “I am very pleased to support this important IFAW campaign. I have also written to the new Secretary of State, Andrea Leadsom calling for legislation to tackle this cruel trade in the UK. There is growing evidence that current restrictions are being ignored quite widely, especially as regards puppies imported from the continent.

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  • Parent – Is the puppy with its mum?
  • Underage – Has the puppy reached the legal age for sale?
  • Papers – Are all of the puppy’s papers available and in order?
  • Sickness – Is the puppy healthy and energetic?

IFAW’s P.U.P.S film can be viewed here. Although the film contains no puppy footage, some viewers may find the content shocking or upsetting, because sadly the puppy trade is just that.

Philip Mansbridge, UK Director of IFAW, said: “We are very grateful for Rob Marris’s support for our campaign. As a nation of dog lovers, none of us wants to be part of the cruel puppy industry. I am sure people will be shocked to find out that many much-loved pet dogs in the UK have suffered a horrible start in life with ill effects that may last through their lifetime.

“In the worst scenarios, owners suffer too when their much-loved puppy quickly gets sick and dies. This is the reality of the heartless UK puppy trade. IFAW always advocates adopting a happy and healthy puppy or dog in need of a home from your local shelter. But for those who wish to buy from a breeder, we believe our P.U.P.S campaign arms people with the information they need to make the right choice.”

The P.U.P.S film was screened at a parliamentary reception for MPs and key decision makers where IFAW continued to call for legislative change to better protect puppies. MPs were presented with their own Suzy puppy toys to remind them of the need for measures to combat the puppy trade.

Mansbridge added: “IFAW stands firmly against the large-scale, low welfare commercial breeding of puppies for profit. We want to see an end to third-party sales and the introduction of tougher and better enforced licensing to tackle this cruel trade.”

Rob Marris calls for legislation to target the cruel UK puppy trade

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St. Peter’s Ward Councillors, Roger Lawrence, Tersaim Singh and Lynn Moran have joined forces with Rob Marris MP to launch a community campaign in an attempt to save the local branch of the TSB at the Avion Centre from closure.

Plans to close the popular branch first appeared in the press July of this year. However it appears, despite a recent agreement between government and the British Bankers' Association that banks considering closure engage with the local community affected, there is little evidence this has taken place.

St. Peter’s ward councillor and Council Leader said, “As the only remaining bank in the community this closure will not just cause inconvenience for local people, but is likely to increase financial exclusion in the area.”

“Both Rob Marris and myself have written to the TSB to outline our concerns and are yet to receive a reply, which is disappointing.  In particular I have asked what consultation has been undertaken with the local community prior to the announcement of closure, and what consideration has been given to the impact on the local community of closure?”

“I have also asked whether the closure of the bank will lead to any job losses and what measures are being taken to ensure that these can be kept to an absolute minimum.  We would urge TSB to reconsider their decision and at the very least undertake a proper community consultation.”

Rob Marris added “banks have a duty to the communities which they serve and from where they derive their profits.  The least they can do is explain to local residents why the bank is proposing to close this branch.”

Ward Councillors and Rob Marris MP are encouraging local people who are concerned about the proposed closure to either sign an on-line petition or contact them if they would prefer to sign a paper petition which will be available at the various community engagements they attend.

 

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Save the Avion Centre’s TSB Branch

St. Peter’s Ward Councillors, Roger Lawrence, Tersaim Singh and Lynn Moran have joined forces with Rob Marris MP to launch a community campaign in an attempt to save the local...

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Rob Marris MP wears it pink in Parliament in aid of Breast Cancer Now

Rob Marris, has shown support for women affected by breast cancer by dressing up in pink and encouraging their constituents to take part in the UK’s biggest, brightest and pinkest fundraiser, wear it pink, on Friday 21 October.

wear it pink is back for its 15th year, calling on supporters across the country to add a flash of pink to their wardrobe for the day and raise money for Breast Cancer Now’s life-saving breast cancer research.

Rob joined fellow parliamentarians in wearing it pink in Westminster this week to encourage people across the UK to get involved and help Breast Cancer Now towards their ambition that, by 2050, everyone that develops the disease will live.

Wear it pink raises close to £2 million each year for world-class research into breast cancer, and this year it’s going to be pinker and more fun than ever before. Anyone can take part, whether at work, at home or at school. All you have to do is wear something pink and donate what you can.

When you join the hundreds of thousands of people who take part in wear it pink, you become part of a collective force of scientists, supporters and people affected by breast cancer, passionate about putting an end to deaths from the disease.

Rob Marris said:

“Through cutting-edge research, Breast Cancer Now are tackling the disease from all angles to ensure that, by 2050, everyone that develops the disease will live. But we all need to join forces and act now, and in wear it pink there is a fun and simple way for everyone to get involved." 

Baroness Delyth Morgan, Chief Executive at Breast Cancer Now said:

“It’s wonderful to see so much parliamentary support for wear it pink. It’s a great opportunity for friends, co-workers and families across the UK to have some fun, wear something pink and show their support for those affected by breast cancer.

“Far too many women are still losing their lives to this dreadful disease. On Friday 21st October, every cake baked, every feather boa or pink tie worn and every laugh shared will help us create a future where no one dies from breast cancer.

“We will all be standing together, with colleagues and friends, to stop breast cancer taking the lives of the people we love – and we very much hope you’ll join us.”

 

Sign up to wear it pink on Friday 21 October to support Breast Cancer Now’s life-saving research. For more information or to register, visit www.wearitpink.org

Breast Cancer Now’s 'Wear It Pink'

Rob Marris MP wears it pink in Parliament in aid of Breast Cancer Now

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