Ian Austin

Independent for Dudley North

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Victory for pet highway deaths campaign in Parliament

Dudley MP Ian Austin is celebrating victory for a campaign to ensure that dead pets found on the road are checked for identity chips.

Speaking in a debate on the campaign in Parliament on Monday, Austin called for identity checks to be reinstated across the country. Transport Minister John Hayes has now announced that the Highways Agency will ensure that pets killed on roads are collected, identified and their owners notified, although no new legislation has been promised.

Identity 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. 122,000 people have signed the campaign’s e-petition calling for identity checks to be required by law.

Austin has now said he will work with local campaigners to hold the government to its promise and get Harvey’s Law onto the statute books.

Ian Austin said:

"This is brilliant news for local campaigners and shows what we can achieve when we work together.

"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 totally unfair that checks are carried out in some areas but the West Midlands loses out, so I will be working to hold the government to its promise on Harvey’s Law."

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