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Bid to end blood sports boosted by election win

A MAJOR milestone has been achieved in the campaign for animal protection with the election to the European Parliament of a candidate standing for Holland's Party for the Animals (PvdD).

Seven animal protection parties from around Europe had come together to promote a change in our overall attitude to animals, whether domestic, wild, laboratory-raised or farm livestock, and to seek representation in the European Parliament.

Among the alliance's objectives is the abolition of so-called cultural and traditional practices that cause immense suffering to animals, such as hare coursing and fox hunting. Hopefully, the presence of a strong voice for animals in the EU Parliament will hasten the end of these latter 'sports'.

The rising strength of the animal protection lobby in Europe is heartening, but the election of a PvdD candidate will surely signal a new phase in the campaign to end blood sports.

JOHN FITZGERALD

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