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Darren calls for end to illegal tiger trade

Darren Jones MP is proudly supporting a cross-party campaign to bring an end to the trade in tigers and big cats.

Darren said:

“Back in April, I signed a joint letter to Michael Gove calling on him, as Environment Secretary, to try and combat the trade in tigers and other big cats at the May Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.

Fewer than 4000 tigers survive in the wild worldwide – their numbers remain under threat due to the illegal trade in their body parts, which are primarily used in Chinese Medicine. Brutal, and horrifically cruel, tiger farms still operate in South East Asian Counties and we must call upon these nations in the strongest terms to end this totally unnecessary trade alongside the commercial breeding of tigers. We asked that the UK provide a clear and loud voice for big cats and support the adoption of India’s draft decisions to protect wild big cats.

Sadly, due to the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka, the May conference was postponed. However, I will continue to raise this matter and ensure it does not fall off the Government’s radar”.

You can follow Darren’s work on animal welfare here.

 

 

 

 

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Darren backs End The Cage Age Campaign

Darren Jones MP is proudly supporting Compassion in World Farming’s End the Cage Age campaign.

The event was in support of a petition calling on the Government to ban the use of cages for all farmed animals. Over 95,000 British citizens have already signed the petition started by Dragon’s Den star Deborah Meaden. The petition is open until September 2019 and when it reaches 100,000 signatures, it will be considered for debate in Parliament. You can view and sign the petition here: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/243448

Darren said:

“Despite the obvious failings of this outdated technology, around 16 million farm animals are trapped in cages every year in the UK. Cages confine, restrict and thwart many of an animal’s natural instincts. They are inhumane, outdated and clearly detrimental to farm animal welfare. Several countries across the EU have already prohibited certain cages that are permitted in the UK; the UK must take a more ambitious approach to introducing higher welfare farming systems if it is not to be left behind.

I am delighted to support the End the Cage Age campaign, which already has such widespread public support and call on the Government to deliver a cage-free future for British farming”.

You can follow Darren’s work on animal welfare here.

 

 

 

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Darren encourages schools to teach plastic awareness

Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West, has written to all Primary schools in Bristol North West encouraging them to take part in a free scheme which teaches pupils in-depth knowledge of plastic waste and how to reduce it but also offers schools the chance to win up to £20,000 for a sustainability project.

Darren said:

” Today, I have contacted all 29 primary schools in Bristol North West, inviting them to take part in Asda’s Plastic Waste lesson plan and competition.

As we all know, plastic waste is a huge issue, both in the UK and globally. Tackling this problem is crucial and I will continue to press for action to reduce plastic pollution – that includes challenging supermarkets to use more recycled materials and reduce their own plastic waste. However, from the perspective of working with young people, I am pleased to see that Asda are looking to inspire the next generation to live sustainably and protect our planet, through an exciting ‘Plastic Mission’ challenge, which finishes with a poster competition, where schools can win up to £20,000 for a sustainability project.

The deadline for entries into the poster competition is 24th July, I urge all schools to get involved”!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Darren’s column in Henleaze and Westbury Voice

Bristol North West MP, Darren Jones,  featured in April’s Henleaze and Westbury Voice.

Darren updates on Brexit, the environment and climate change alongside his response to the council’s A4018 consultation.

 

 

 

Darren highlights link between Climate Change and Extreme Weather

In the House of Commons, Darren asked a Minister what the Government was doing to ensure international collaboration on climate change in light of this link.

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Darren backs climate award local winner

Writing on Facebook, Darren said:

‪Great to be at the The Climate Coalition Green Hero Awards in Parliament tonight. Even better to see constituents from Bristol North West rewarded for their energy efficiency project – CHEESE. #ShowTheLove ‬

https://facebook.com/The-C-H-E-E-S-E-Project-Bristol-1816371931706302/

The ceremony – which recognised the efforts of green schools, businesses and MPs, sustainable sports projects and overseas schemes – was hosted by television and radio presenter Clive Anderson, and featured Sky News journalist Kay Burley alongside a number of other award presenters.

The Climate Coalition is made up of more than 130 organisations representing over 15 million people, ranging from aid agencies such as CAFOD and Christian Aid to groups such as the Women’s Institute, WWF, RSPB, and the National Trust.

The awards ceremony follows on from the fifth year of the Coalition’s Show The Love campaign, which sees people from all walks of life – faith groups, sports clubs, businesses, schoolchildren – come together to Show the Love for all that they want to protect from climate change.

Clara Goldsmith, Director of Campaigns at The Climate Coalition, said:

“It’s fantastic to see the work that people from all over the country are doing to protect the things we love from climate change.

“Climate change is already changing the things we love in the UK. It’s also hitting the most vulnerable people, whether that’s very young or elderly people struggling with heat waves here at home or those in communities overseas affected by a loss of crops or more severe disasters.

“It’s important we take the time to celebrate the incredible people taking their future’s into their own hands. Now we need to see the government to set an ambitious target to reduce emissions”

To find out what happened this Show The Love, visit theclimatecoalition.org or search #ShowTheLove on social media. The Climate Coalition is holding events throughout the year for people to get involved with, including a climate and environment mass lobby of parliament on the 26 June.

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