Gordon has hailed the news that funding for the National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU) has been secured after he and others successfully campaigned to save it from Government cuts.
Gordon, who is a longstanding supporter of animal welfare issues and supported the World Animal Protection’s campaign, said he was delighted that common sense had prevailed with the Government deciding not to scrap funding for it.
He said: “I know from the many constituents who contact me about animal welfare issues, concerns around cruelty to wild animals is an issue that a lot of people in Blackpool feel strongly about. I am delighted that common sense has prevailed from the Government on this issue, and with funding being secured for another four years, it will allow the NWCU to continue the very important work they already do around investigating and tackling wildlife related crime.”
The National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU), which is funded by both the Home Office and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, is dedicated to supporting wildlife crime investigations and fundamental to providing and analysing national wildlife intelligence across the UK.
The future of the unit came under threat from Government cuts following the Chancellor’s Spending Review at the end of last year. With the cuts now not going ahead, Josh Kaile, Head of Public Affairs at World Animal Protection commented: “It is a victory for animal protection that resources have been secured long-term to fight wildlife crime both home and abroad.”