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Treatment Of Sentient Creatures

EDM number 636 in 1994-95, proposed by Joe Benton on 20/02/1995.

That this House understands concern and non-violent protest about the inhumane treatment of sentient creatures, including the export of veal calves; notes that consistent scientific research since that of I. D. Hogg in 1941 clearly shows that the human fetus reacts to painful stimuli from five to six weeks gestation when touched around the mouth and that this extends to an almost complete range of cutaneous responses at 12 weeks; notes that the perception of pain is principally within those parts of the thalamus which develop between nine and 12 weeks gestation; further notes that the cortex which develops after the thalamus influences pain perception by reducing its intensity; thus notes that in these early stages of development the fetus could be subjected to an intensity of pain greater than that experienced by born humans; recalls that Professor Sir William Liley, renowned internationally as the father of fetal medicine, comparing attitudes towards animals and the human fetus, recorded his unhappiness that we withhold from the human fetus a charitable consideration we extend to animals; and calls for changes to the Abortion Act to give protection to the human fetus who has less legal protection than laboratory animals and less charitable consideration from the 'politically correct' than they extend to livestock.

This motion has been signed by a total of 53 MPs, 7 of these signatures have been withdrawn.

Joe Benton20/02/1995BootleProposed
Elizabeth Peacock20/02/1995Batley & SpenSigned
Nicholas Winterton20/02/1995MacclesfieldSigned
Ann Winterton20/02/1995CongletonSigned
Jack Thompson20/02/1995WansbeckSigned
Andrew Bowden20/02/1995Brighton, KemptownSigned
Vivian Bendall20/02/1995Ilford NorthSigned
David Atkinson20/02/1995Bournemouth EastSigned
David Alton20/02/1995Liverpool Mossley HillSigned
Harry Greenway20/02/1995Ealing NorthSigned
Phil Gallie20/02/1995AyrSigned
Peter Fry20/02/1995WellingboroughSigned
Bob Dunn20/02/1995DartfordSigned
Den Dover20/02/1995ChorleySigned
Stephen Day20/02/1995CheadleSigned
Michael Colvin20/02/1995Romsey and WatersideSigned
Bill Cash20/02/1995StaffordSigned
Julian Brazier20/02/1995CanterburySigned
Paul Murphy20/02/1995TorfaenSigned
Thomas McAvoy20/02/1995Glasgow, RutherglenSigned
Calum MacDonald20/02/1995Na h-Eileanan an IarSigned
Edward Leigh20/02/1995Gainsborough and HorncastleSigned
Toby Jessel20/02/1995TwickenhamSigned
Andrew Hunter20/02/1995BasingstokeSigned
Martin Smyth20/02/1995Belfast SouthSigned
William Ross20/02/1995East LondonderrySigned
Norman Hogg21/02/1995Cumbernauld & KilsythSigned
James Wray21/02/1995Glasgow ProvanSigned
Jimmy Dunnachie21/02/1995Glasgow, PollokSigned
John Cummings21/02/1995EasingtonSigned
Lawrence Cunliffe21/02/1995LeighSigned
Peter Hardy22/02/1995WentworthSigned
Rhodes Boyson22/02/1995Brent NorthSigned
Ronnie Campbell22/02/1995Blyth ValleySigned
Andrew Faulds09/03/1995Warley EastSigned
Mike Gapes13/03/1995Ilford SouthSigned
John McFall16/03/1995DumbartonSigned
Tommy Graham20/03/1995Renfrew West and InverclydeSigned
Piara S Khabra21/03/1995Ealing, SouthallSigned
Frank Cook21/03/1995Stockton NorthSigned
John Denham21/03/1995Southampton, ItchenSigned
Ted Rowlands28/03/1995Merthyr Tydfil & RhymneySigned
David Sumberg30/03/1995Bury SouthSigned
Alan Beith25/04/1995Berwick-upon-TweedSigned
Keith Vaz03/05/1995Leicester EastSigned
Gordon Oakes14/06/1995HaltonSigned
William McKelveyUnknownWithdrawn
Alan MealeUnknownWithdrawn
Eric ClarkeUnknownWithdrawn
Paul FlynnUnknownWithdrawn
John EvansUnknownWithdrawn
Eddie LoydenUnknownWithdrawn
Michael ClaphamUnknownWithdrawn

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