Tribute To Sir David Amess

On behalf of the League Against Cruel Sports, I wanted to pay tribute to Sir David Amess MP, who was stabbed to death in his constituency surgery in Leigh-on-Sea on Friday 15 October.

Most of us will know that Sir David was a long standing and passionate advocate for animals. His courage in standing up for British wildlife, including campaigning against fox hunting, was an inspiration. His arguments were clear and compelling and where he led on animal welfare, others followed. Most recently, Sir David was a leading proponent of the Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill, which with his help, passed into the law earlier this year.

My last contact with Sir David was just two weeks ago. His passion for animals and belief in a kinder society where they are not persecuted for fun shone through as if a beacon of light. He was one of those extraordinary people that can speak softly, yet still convey the weight and power of his beliefs. He was a truly kind and thoroughly decent man and his passing in such brutal circumstances is a national tragedy.

We would like to offer our sincere condolences to Sir David’s family and friends, as well as his colleagues in Parliament and constituents. His legacy will be felt in the many and far-reaching improvements he brought for animals, and we trust, those that follow.

Andy Knott

Chief Executive

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