East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight joined more than 60 MPs at the Parliamentary Cats Protection Annual Christmas reception to celebrate the charity’s work speaking up for cats, held at the House of Commons recently.
The event was hosted to thank Parliamentarians for their continued support of Cats Protection’s work throughout the UK.
Apart from Sir Greg, amongst those attending were Lord Gardiner, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity, and George Eustice, Minister of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Cats Protection is the UK’s leading cat charity, helping around 190,000 cats every year through a network of over 250 voluntary-run branches and 34 centres.
The charity’s Head of Advocacy & Government Relations Jacqui Cuff said: “Cats are one of the nation’s favourite pets so it was wonderful to welcome so many politicians to our Christmas Reception.
“This reception is our way of saying thank you to our elected representatives and to the many other animal welfare charities and professional organisations we work with.
“We are delighted the Government has announced it will be reviewing air gun licensing. Sadly, air guns are frequently used to deliberately inflict harm and suffering on cats.
“All this shows that there are a lot of people who want to see real change to improve how cats are treated in the UK. It’s heartening that so many politicians came along to our reception to support Cats Protection.”