ROYAL Assent has been granted by the King for the Animals (Low-Welfare Activities Abroad) Bill – now making this Law.
The Bill has passed through all Commons and Lords stages without any amendments or opposition, which is unique for any animal law and has immediately received Royal Assent the same day from King Charles.
Duncan McNair – CEO of award-winning charity Save The Asian Elephants who devised and has driven the Bill said:
“Save The Asian Elephants and the millions who have supported our campaign hope the passing into law of the landmark Animals (Low-Welfare Activities Abroad) Bill will prove a momentous day for animals everywhere.
“The measures, resolutely implemented and enforced, will help protect endangered and vulnerable species across the world from extreme exploitation, harm and death in tourism. They will also save many lives of humans too, turned upon by maddened elephants and other creatures provoked by torture.
“Save The Asian Elephants is hugely appreciative of all who have supported our campaign for these changes, of our government, our Parliament across the party divide, the charity sector and the public. All must now set our hand to starting the transition from brutal and dangerous practices to ethical sanctuaries and wildlife reserves.
“Britain can take pride in this world-first law. Now we must encourage the world to follow suit whilst time remains for so many beleaguered species, our brothers and sisters in nature.”
One of the most important animal-related bills ever in the UK, protecting millions of endangered animals worldwide is a necessity because of the extreme brutality to many species (often endangered) in modern tourism.
With Asian elephants this starts with ‘pajan’ (breaking of the spirits), snatching baby elephants illegally from the wild, isolating and starving them, putting them into crushing cages (kraals) then severe stabbing, ripping and beating till they are terrified into submission for easy use in tourism.
STAE has identified to date 1,212 UK-based travel companies advertising nearly 300 brutal overseas elephant venues alone.
Elephants, primates, big cats, bears, dolphins and marines, exotic birds, horses, donkeys and camels – all and more – can be helped back from cruel abuse and often from the brink of extinction now.
“Our House of Lords and King Charles have backed this historic measure to protect endless endangered and vulnerable species from extreme violation and death in abusive tourism across the world.
“Now Law a wondrous new vista of opportunity falls open for the safeguarding of the most beautiful and most beleaguered of the world’s creatures.
“The aims and wider potential are momentous for this Law. It is a world first for our nation and a template for all nations that harbour a ruthless trade in abusive animal tourism.
“Parliament, government, animal welfare advocates, and everyone who treasures this wondrous inheritance of the animal kingdom, will continue to work together to realise the opportunities this Law presents.
“We must harness our efforts to start turning back the many decades of degradation and destruction just one species – ours – has visited on so many others.
“This important Law provides the means of striking back to depose those who would ravage the precious and vulnerable creatures with whom we share this planet. They have been exploited till the last penny of profit has been squeezed from them in blood and pain. Yet they are our brothers and sisters.”