Animal rights campaign taken to the States

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Animal rights activists have taken a petition signed by 5,000 supporters to the States.

They want Guernsey's animal rights laws toughened and are angry little has been done despite legislation supposedly in the pipeline.

They met with politicians as the States met for the first time in 2011.

Last summer, animal rights campaigners released shocking images in a plea for new legislation to protect animals in Guernsey.

It shows birds, pets and livestock that have been abused and neglected.

But this has not proven enough to get Guernsey's government to fast-track animal welfare laws, or update the legislation that is supposed to be on its way.

This morning saw the campaign group PAW- Promoting Animal Welfare- outside the States chamber.

The group's founder Sue Vidamour was among them as they handed over a petition with around 5,000 to the Chief Minister Deputy Lyndon Trott.

The campaign group has not only secured backing from thousands of islanders, but they have also had letters of support from international animal welfare organisations and celebrities who have used their fame for the same cause.

Sir Roger Moore has written to them to 'wish everyone at PAW the best of luck', and saying he is saddened 'to see or hear of any mistreatment' of animals.

Meanwhile the Channel Islands' very own John Nettles wrote 'all power to your endeavours' and said 'the measure of a society's quality is how well it treats the animals.'

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