Sue has joined MPs from across the House of Commons, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, and Cats Protection to launch a new All Party Parliamentary Group on Cats.
The group will bring feline welfare to the forefront of political discussion and will look to investigate how to tackle key cat issues – both in Parliament and in wider society.
This follows Sue launching Labour’s Animal Welfare Plan last month, which is out for public consultation until 31st May. The plan contains a number of proposed policies which would benefit cats and cat owners.
The group will look to propose solutions to a range of problems facing cats, such as poisoning with antifreeze and laws on air guns, as well as highlighting the benefits of owning a cat to combat loneliness.
“With over 10 million cats owned in the UK, it is time that cats have their own platform for political discussion in Parliament. There is lots of work to be done to further the welfare of cats. As a cat owner myself, I am very excited to be involved in this new group to promote and further feline welfare in Parliament and beyond.”
Cats Protection’s Head of Advocacy & Government Relations Jacqui Cuff said:
“Cats are one of the nation’s most popular pets, and their welfare is of huge importance to millions of owners. Yet despite their popularity, cat welfare issues all too often suffer from a lack of political discussion.”
Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Michael Webb, said:
“As one of the UK’s leading animal welfare charities, we’re ready to start work with politicians and other charities to raise the profile of issues affecting cats, who are loved in their millions across the country.”