Colin Beattie MSP for Midlothian North and Musselburgh is pledging his support to the More for Scotland’s Animals campaign. The campaign is a joint initiative led by eleven leading animal welfare charities to ensure the welfare of Scotland’s animals is given appropriate consideration by elected members following the Scottish Parliamentary elections in May.
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.”
Colin Beattie, MSP for Midlothian North and Musselburgh said:
“The welfare of the millions of wild, farmed and companion animals in Scotland is very important to me. The Scottish Parliament has a duty to ensure that meaningful legislation is in place to help protect our animals and ensure the highest welfare standards are met. I am pleased to pledge my support to the campaign and if re-elected, will continue to champion animal welfare issues in the next term.”
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. In the upcoming months we will be encouraging candidate MSPs to take part in a series of actions to pledge their commitment to animal welfare. We look forward to working with the incoming Parliament and Government to make Scotland a better place for animals.”