Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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Pet highway deaths campaign to reach Parliament

A campaign to ensure that dead pets found on the road are checked for identity chips is to be considered for debate in Parliament.

The checks have been axed by the Highways Agency in a number of regions including the West Midlands in a bid to cut costs.

The Harvey’s law campaign has criticised the decision saying it will make it harder for owners to find out if their pet has been killed on the roads.

An official e-petition calling for identity checks to be reinstated has gathered 108,000 signatures, which means that the issue will now be considered for debate in the House of Commons.

Dudley MP Ian Austin has added his name to the application for a debate and has raised local campaigners’ concerns with the Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin.

Ian Austin said:

“I’m sure lots of people in Dudley will be concerned that their family pet could die on the roads and they might never be informed.

“It’s unfair that checks are carried out in some areas but the West Midlands loses out, so I’m calling on the government to answer concerns in a House of Commons debate.”

Full details of the Harvey's Law e-petition can be found here.

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