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Lyttle supports League Against Cruel Sports

Animals Matter

As a vocal animal rights supporter and Vice Chairperson of the Assembly Working Group on animal welfare, Lyttle has endorsed the League Against Cruel Sports' campaign to end dog fighting for good.

Dog fighting has been banned for 180 years, but there has been a reported 400% increase in recent years. Across the UK, dogs are stolen and bred to support this burgeoning industry. They are subjected to brutal training, physical abuse and drugs in preparation for the pit, where they will either kill or be killed. Injured dogs rarely get medical attention, as the owners fear seeing a vet will lead to prosecution. Dogs too injured to fight are often shot or drowned.

"Dogs are not a commodity, and the League is doing critical work to end these terrible practices," Lyttle said. "I give them full support, and would encourage any other animal welfare enthusiasts to donate or get involved."

The campaign has four stated goals:

• Convict those responsible for dog fighting using professional investigators

• Educate dog owners, especially those with children who might be exposed to dog fighting

• Gain support from the government and local authorities to introduce legislation which will prevent these practices

• Secure resources for relevant police officers to tackle criminal dog handlers

For more information about the campaign and how you can help, please visit league.org.uk/dogs.

Chris in the constituency