Local Labour candidate Martin Whitfield has pledged his support to the More for Scotland’s Animals campaign, a joint initiative by 11 leading animal welfare charities to ensure the welfare of Scotland’s animals is given greater priority in the next session of parliament.

Candidates from all parties have been asked to sign the pledge which states: “I recognise animals as sentient beings and pledge to do more for Scotland’s animals in the next Parliament: more to ensure the highest standards of welfare for companion, wild and farmed animals, so that all of Scotland’s animals can enjoy a good life; more to protect animals in Scotland from cruelty and exploitation; and more to support people responsible for animals and educate the public about animals’ needs.”

Martin Whitfield, Labour candidate for East Lothian, said:

“The welfare of the millions of wild, farmed and companion animals in Scotland is very important to me. I believe the Scottish Parliament has a duty to be more ambitious in ensuring that meaningful legislation is in place to help protect our animals and ensure the highest welfare standards are met.

“Ahead of Animal Day on 14th April, I’m pleased to pledge my support for the campaign, and if elected next month, commit to be a champion for animal welfare and protection issues in the next term of parliament.”

Speaking on behalf of the campaign, OneKind Director Bob Elliot said:

“We are delighted to be co-ordinating the More for Scotland’s Animals campaign group to encourage MSPs to pledge to do more for Scotland’s animals. Animals play a key role in society, and the public care deeply about how they are treated, whether they are farmed, wild or companion animals.”

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