Politicians feline festive at Cats Protection's Westminster reception

06 December 2017
Politicians feline festive at Cats Protection More than 60 MPs and peers joined Cats Protection at its annual Christmas parliamentary reception to celebrate the charity’s work speaking up for cats, held at the House of Commons on Tuesday 5 December.
 
The event was hosted on the charity’s behalf by Kevin Foster MP to thank parliamentarians for their continued support of Cats Protection’s work throughout the UK.   
 
There was the chance for MPs and peers from across all parties to come together to play a fun ‘find the sleeping cat’ game and to personalise a bauble for a cat-themed Christmas tree.
  
Among 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.
 
“Our annual 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 would also like to especially thank Direct Marketing Services (DMS) for kindly supporting the event.
 
“It has been a busy year, with our major campaign on kitten sales, our 2022 Agenda for Cats launched ahead of the General Election, and our petition calling for licensing of air guns in England and Wales in line with the new licensing regime in Scotland.
 
“More than 47,000 supporters joined us in calling for better regulation of commercial kitten sales. We have also received over 75,000 signatures for our air guns petition and 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, so it's heartening that so many politicians came along to our reception to support Cats Protection.” 
 
To find out more about Cats Protection’s advocacy work, please visit www.cats.org.uk/speakingupforcats
 
To read our 2022 Agenda visit https://www.cats.org.uk/2022agenda
 
To view our air guns petition visit www.cats.org.uk/airgunspetition
 
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Notes to Editors:
  1. Photo credit: Philippa Gedge
  2. Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity and helps around 190,000 cats each year through its national network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 34 centres.
  3. Cats Protection’s vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.
  4. Cats Protection’s registered charity number is 203644 (England and Wales) and SC037711 (Scotland).
  5. Founded as the Cats Protection League in 1927, the charity adopted the name Cats Protection in 1998. We ask that you use the name Cats Protection when referring to the charity in all published material.
  6. More information about the work of Cats Protection can be found at www.cats.org.uk