New UK Prime Minister Promises To Promote Animal Welfare
In his first speech as the new British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has promised to promote animal welfare.
“Let’s promote the welfare of animals that has always been so close to the hearts of the British people,” he said, addressing British parliament for the first time.
This may seem an unusual statement from Johnson, who has a history of supporting both fox hunting and bullfighting. Some credit the prime minister’s seeming change of heart to his partner, Carrie Symonds.
Symonds is a well known animal conservationist and environmentalist who regularly posts about minimizing single use plastic and animal rights on her Twitter account. She has also been credited with helping Johnson adopt a plant-based diet.
While Johnson has shown signs of moving in favor of animal welfare, he has expressed limits to what he’ll support in terms of activism.
During his successful leadership campaign, Johnson was asked by the Countryside Alliance whether his government would implement further measures to counter animal rights “extremism.”
“While I am committed to protecting animal welfare,” he said.
“I will not tolerate extremism, intimidation and abuse, irrespective of the motives that drive it.”
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Tags: Animal rights, Boris Johnson, Carrie Symonds, Prime Minister, UK