Parish supports wildlife campaign

This is The West Country: Parish supports wildlife campaign Parish supports wildlife campaign

TIVERTON and Honiton MP Neil Parish has shown his commitment to protecting animals by pledging his support for the International Fund for Animal Welfare's (IFAW) campaign against wildlife crime.

Neil Parish, who is also chairman of the Associate Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare, attended IFAW's 'Criminal Nature' event at the House of Commons, which was hosted by Angela Smith MP.

Key speakers included Davyth Stewart from INTERPOL and former Environment Minister Richard Benyon MP.

Neil Parish posed in front of a large poster to highlight the issue and send a clear message that he wants the UK to take the lead in the international community to stamp out wildlife crime.

Neil Parish said: “I was shocked to hear about the current scale of illegal wildlife trade and its impact on threatened species of animals. I am proud to support IFAW's campaign against wildlife crime and I hope my constituents will get behind the campaign as well.”

The illegal wildlife trade generates an estimated $19 billion per year. It ranks fourth on the list of the most lucrative global illegal activities behind narcotics, counterfeiting and human trafficking.

Neil Parish had also tabled Early Day Motion (EDM) 72, which has now received 100 signatures from Members of Parliament.

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