Category: Animal Welfare

  • Wildlife and Natural Environment Bill: Final Stage (Assembly)

    Wildlife and Natural Environment Bill: Final Stage (Assembly)

    Northern Ireland Assembly, Monday 01 March 2011 I welcome the Bill, which is long overdue. It is time that we had an update to the protection of wildlife. As the Chairperson said, perhaps it does not go far enough. Neverthe­less, there is much in the legislation to welcome. It is important that the Bill will introduce […]

  • Wildlife and Natural Environment Bill: Further Consideration Stage (Assembly)

    Wildlife and Natural Environment Bill: Further Consideration Stage (Assembly)

    Northern Ireland Assembly, 07 February 2011 It was 40 years ago when my former colleague the late MP for Bangor Bertie McConnell first introduced such a Bill to the old Northern Ireland Parliament. Although it was passed by the Commons, it was delayed by the Senate and fell when the Parliament was abolished in 1972. My North Down Alliance […]

  • Hunting Bill: Second Stage (Assembly)

    Hunting Bill: Second Stage (Assembly)

    Northern Ireland Assembly, 15 December 2010 I have introduced the Bill to bring Northern Ireland into line with the rest of the United Kingdom with regard to hunting with dogs. The Bill merely implements the provisions of the Hunting Act 2004, which applies inEngland and Wales. I have had a long-standing opposition to blood sports, and was a regular […]