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Finn's law blocked for the fourth time despite government support


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Time is running out for Finn's Law.

PD Finn and his handler both required surgery following the incident

PD Finn and his handler both required surgery following the incident

Hopes draft legislation offering better protection for police dogs and horses would sail over its second parliamentary hurdle were dashed today after a backbench Conservative MP raised an objection. 

The Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill, named Finn’s law after a now retired police dog who was stabbed protecting his handler from a suspect, was introduced as a ten minute rule bill by Sir Oliver Heald in December - to the delight of campaigners and Finn’s legion of fans.

PD Finn's handler Hertfordshire PC Dave Wardell spoke of his delight this morning when Environmental Secretary Michael Gove released a statement backing the bill.

Mr Gove said: “This bill will offer stronger protection for the many brave service animals that help to protect us. I pay tribute to PC David Wardell, Sir Oliver and all those who have campaigned for Finn’s Law.

“This government is continuing to raise the bar on animal welfare, whether it be for our beloved pets, brave service animals or on farms.”

It's second reading was adjourned for the fourth time this afternoon until July 6 when MP for Christchurch Sir Chris Chope (former Conservative Party vice chairman) raised an objection. 

Parliament breaks up for summer recess on July 24. 

Sir Oliver said he is disappointed but has met Sir Chris and is "hoping for good news" in July. 

Police Oracle has approached the office of Sir Chris to ask why he objected to the bill. 

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