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Petition Provide financial help to zoos, aquariums, & rescue centres during the pandemic.

Zoos, aquariums, and similar organisations across the country carry out all sorts of conservation work, animal rescue, and public education. At the start of the season most rely on visitors (who now won't come) to cover annual costs, yet those costs do not stop while they are closed. They need help.

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If zoos are forced to close there may be nowhere to rehouse the animals since all zoos are in the same position. Some zoos have set up charity funding pages, but with many people on reduced incomes (or zero income for many self-employed) while they self-isolate there is little hope of all zoos recouping the sort of money they need, even to keep a skeleton staff on to feed and care for the animals. Only a significant grant from government can prevent a disaster.

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This topic was debated on 25 June 2020

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Government announces £100m funding for zoos and aquariums

Last week MPs in the House of Commons discussed support for UK industries, including zoos, aquariums and rescue centres, in response to Covid-19.

This weekend, the Government announced £100m in additional support to help zoos and aquariums care for their animals.

Find out more about the additional support announced by the Government: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/100-million-rescue-package-for-englands-zoos-and-aquariums

Opening the debate last week, Petitions Committee member Theresa Villiers MP paid tribute to the dedicated work of zoo staff, many of whom she said had gone the extra mile to look after the animals in their care, despite lockdown.

Watch the debate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tV0Et_Pfhdk&feature=youtu.be

Read the transcript: https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2020-06-25/debates/E1479A23-8697-4B2E-9E5F-2A208EC3E217/Covid-19SupportForUKIndustries

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MPs to debate petitions calling for support for UK industries in response to Covid-19

The Petitions Committee, which is the group of MPs who oversee the petitions system, has agreed to schedule a debate in the House of Commons Chamber on Thursday 25 June on petitions calling for support for UK industries in response to Covid-19.

The debate is being held in response to the huge number of petitions, including the one you signed, that call for the Government to provide support for UK industries in response to Covid-19.

The start time of the debate will depend on other parliamentary business, but you can follow the Petitions Committee on Twitter @HoCpetitions, where we will post updates on when we expect the debate to start.

You will be able to watch the debate live here: https://parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/a7b6db44-6101-42c7-b2a0-32abd08b80ef

A transcript will be published the following day here: https://hansard.parliament.uk

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