Tag: Animal welfare

Labour plan to extend their excellent animal welfare policies

1390721_542502649152601_378674621_nI have often said that a person’s attitude towards animals is a pretty good indication of their attitude towards people, too. Valuing and respecting the right to life, and ensuring freedom from cruelty and abuse for all living beings is a fundamental starting point for a civilised society.

We know that the Labour Party’s track record on Human Rights is excellent: they brought us the Human Rights Act in 1998, and the Equality Act in 2010.

The Labour Party also have an excellent record of promoting animal rights and creating animal welfare law.

Six things you need to know about Labour’s future plans to protect animals

2) Labour will ban wild animals in circuses
Travelling circuses are no place for wild animals. Being moved from place to place in cramped and substandard enclosures, forced training and performance, loud noises and crowds of people are the unavoidable distressing realities for animals in circuses. Despite promising to ban the use of wild animals in travelling circuses, the Tory-led Government has failed to do so. The next Labour government will ban this cruel practice.

3) Labour will end the ineffective and inhumane badger culls
Badger culls are supposed to reduce Bovine TB but experts say the Tories’ culls will make the problem worse. Following repeated failures to meet deadlines and targets, the Tories are effectively pursing an unscientific mass cull with no rigorous monitoring or evaluation. Labour will end this and develop a better plan to eradicate Bovine TB.

4) Labour will improve the protection of dogs and cats
At present we have ineffective regulation, a lack of information for pet owners and a failure to deal with irresponsible and cruel breeding practices. Labour will review the inadequate regulations on the sale and breeding of dogs and cats and develop a new strategy to improve their welfare.

5) Labour will tackle wildlife crime and reduce animal cruelty on shooting estates
More needs to be done to protect animal welfare on shooting estates. The next Labour government will undertake an independent review into the most effective way to end the illegal persecution of birds of prey, such as the hen harrier; prevent non-target animals getting trapped in snares; and ensure the humane treatment of game birds.

6) Labour will lead the fight against global animal cruelty
The humane treatment of animals should be a benchmark for any civilised society. National governments have a duty to work together to prevent cruelty around the world. Labour will push to end all commercial whaling and prevent the poaching and near extinction of endangered species such as elephants, rhinos and tigers.

Here’s more on Labour’s plans to protect animals.

What Labour achieved lest we forget: animal welfare.

Many thanks to Robert Livingstone for the memes.

 

What Labour achieved lest we forget: animal welfare

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I have often said that a person’s attitude towards animals is a pretty good indication of their attitude towards people, too. Valuing and respecting the right to life, and ensuring freedom from cruelty and abuse for all living beings is a fundamental starting point for a civilised society.

We know that the Labour Party’s track record on Human Rights is excellent: they brought us the Human Rights Act in 1998, and the Equality Act in 2010.

The Labour Party also have an excellent record of promoting animal rights and creating animal welfare law.

Here is a list of those achievements:

  1. Labour banned experiments in the UK on great apes (chimpanzees, orangutans and gorillas) in 1997.
  2. The Home Office stopped giving licences to test finished cosmetic products on animals in 1998.
  3. Established the National Centre for the Replacement, Reduction and Refinement of Animals in Research, this provides research into alternatives to animal testing.
  4. Banned fur farming in England and Wales by introducing the Fur Farming Prohibition Act in 2000.
  5. Labour made it illegal to hunt wild animals with dogs in England and Wales, passing the Hunting Act in 2004.
  6. Banned the use of drift nets which helps dolphins, sea birds and other marine animals.
  7. Passed the Animal Welfare Act 2006, so that owners and keepers are responsible for ensuring that the welfare needs of animals in their care are met.
  8.  In 2009, the Labour Government and Labour MEPS  worked to secure a European Union-wide ban on the commercial trade in seal products.
  9. Labour secured better welfare standards at a European Level for battery hens and chickens.Tightened up rules on the transport of live animals across Europe.
  10. Halted the decline of farmland birds, while increasing rare and woodland bird populations.

Had Labour won the election in 2010, they would have also ensured that animals are protected from being forced to perform in circuses.

Maria Eagle Labour’s shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, clarified that a Labour Government in 2015 will end the badger cull, when she spoke at the Labour Conference.

“A Labour Government will tackle the scourge of Bovine TB, but not by using a policy dubbed “an epic failure”  by the Chief Scientific Advisor of Natural England.

Conference, I want to make it clear today. We will put a stop to these inhumane, ineffective badger culls.” 

Labour support an inoculation program as an effective, humane alternative to culling.

Conservatives have called for the repeal of Labour’s hunting ban. The Labour Party are committed to maintaining the ban and have started a petition to block the Tories.

The Tory Environment Secretary, Elizabeth Truss, says that lifting the ban and bringing back fox hunting is her priority if the Tories win the next election.

Please sign our petition telling her to keep this brutal bloodsport where it belongs – in the history books: click for petition link here

You can see Maria Eagle’s Conference speech here 

The full list of Labour’s other achievements here

 

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