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RACEHORSE WHIPPING

That this House notes that racehorses are routinely beaten with a whip under rules set by the industry's regulatory body, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA); further notes that these rules explicitly sanction this violent treatment in order that jockeys may encourage racehorses to improve their chances of winning, even though evidence indicates that whipping for this purpose is counter-productive; further notes that no other animal can be legally beaten in such circumstances and that a 2014 YouGov poll found that 70 per cent of all respondents oppose racehorses being whipped; recognises that, for genuine purposes of safety where other methods have failed to bring a horse under control, a whip can be legitimately employed, as is the case in Norway; and calls on the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to ensure that the BHA's rules are amended to forbid use of the whip for encouragement or for equivalent reasons.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Begg, Anne Labour Party Aberdeen South 05.02.2015
Birtwistle, Gordon Liberal Democrats Burnley 03.02.2015
Bottomley, Peter Conservative Party Worthing West 20.01.2015
Caton, Martin Labour Party Gower 21.01.2015
Clwyd, Ann Labour Party Cynon Valley 03.02.2015
Corbyn, Jeremy Labour Party Islington North 23.01.2015
Dodds, Nigel Democratic Unionist Party Belfast North 05.02.2015
Hancock, Mike INDEPENDENT Portsmouth South 20.01.2015
Hermon, Lady INDEPENDENT North Down 28.01.2015
Howarth, George Labour Party Knowsley 03.02.2015
Hunter, Mark Liberal Democrats Cheadle 20.01.2015
Jackson, Glenda Labour Party Hampstead and Kilburn 04.02.2015
Kaufman, Gerald Labour Party Manchester Gorton 02.02.2015
Leech, John Liberal Democrats Manchester Withington 22.01.2015
Lucas, Caroline Green Party Brighton Pavilion 28.01.2015
McCrea, Dr William Democratic Unionist Party South Antrim 03.02.2015
McDonnell, John Labour Party Hayes and Harlington 22.01.2015
McKenzie, Iain Labour Party Inverclyde 03.02.2015
Pugh, John Liberal Democrats Southport 05.02.2015
Sanders, Adrian Liberal Democrats Torbay 20.01.2015
Williams, Hywel Plaid Cymru Arfon 29.01.2015
Williamson, Chris Labour Party Derby North 04.02.2015