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LABOUR ANIMAL WELFARE SOCIETY CAMPAIGN CONFERENCE:

SATURDAY 21 FEBRUARY 2015: 11am-4pm (Registration 10.30am)

 

Light House Media Centre, The Chubb

Buildings, Fryer Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1HT

       

The theme for the conference will be the Animal Welfare Campaign and policy, which will play an integral part of the 2015 General Election. During the last General Election, Labour did not have any detailed statements on Animal Welfare and only statements from us at LAWS were available. However in preparation for the General Election the Labour Party have drawn up a detailed policy that we can all use to campaign during the General Election

The conference will include speakers from the Animal Protection Agency, Animal Aid and the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

We would be very grateful if you could please let us know as soon as possible if you will be able to attend to give us an idea of numbers for lunch and other refreshments. Please return the form to Wally Burley,

13 Camborne Court, Camborne Road, Walsall WS5 3JE or email: walter@burley57.wanadoo.co.uk

Form can be downloaded here.

We do hope that you will be able to attend.  Any relevant conference Papers including the agenda and directions and so on will be sent out to those registering to attend the conference. Please note that the venue is just a 3 minute walk from Wolverhampton Railway Station and also just 3 minutes from the Bus Station. There are also car parking facilities at the venue, however please advise in advance if you wish to park so that the necessary arrangements can be made.

 

We look forward to hearing from you.

 

Nicky Brooks Secretary.  Wally Burley Chair.

LAWS Annual Karaoke at Labour Party Annual Conference

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LAWS Annual Conference Reception 2014

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Labour Animal Welfare Policy, have Your Say!

Below is a booklet we have just published, LAWS Animal Welfare Policy.  There has never been a more important time for you to spend a minute to help formulate Labour’s Animal Welfare Policy for the next General Election.

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Click on image to download. (PDF)

Failing the whales

Picture of dolphins being killed
While the campaign to ‘save the whales’ culminated in the historic agreement to indefinitely ban commercial whaling in 1986, sadly,
almost 40,000 whales have been slaughtered during the ban and 2013 will see this depressing statistic increase still more.
While Australia has dragged Japan to the International Court of Justice over it’s bogus ‘scientific’ whaling programmes in the
Antarctic and Pacific, most whaling is taking place uncomfortably much closer to home, and it is expanding pretty much unopposed.
Though Japan has resorted to subterfuge to continue whaling, Iceland and Norway have simply lodged ‘objections’ and continue to kill
whales with impunity. This year, Norway is targeting a record quota of 1,286 minke whales and has killed almost half that number so
far. In Iceland, despite the growing popularity of whale-watching, a quota of 100 minke and 150 endangered fin whales has been set.
Shockingly, much of the minke meat is eaten by foreign tourists while endangered fin whale meat is exported to Japan, some of it
destined to become dog food!

In the Faroe Islands over 500 pilot whales have been slaughtered in just 10 days. While the Faroese Government advocates limiting
consumption of the whales because they are contaminated with dangerous pollutants, the appetite for killing these intelligent, social
animals seems undiminished.

So what will reverse this appalling resurgence of whaling? While Australia has taken on Japan’s whaling, shamefully unsupported by
the UK and EU, whaling in our backyard is expanding mostly unchallenged. Shockingly, meat from the endangered fin whales killed in
Iceland has been found in transit at the ports of Southampton, Rotterdam and Hamburg even though the UK and EU have banned import of
whale products, support the whaling ban and a ban on international trade in these products.

So why is there no meaningful action taken against whaling when all the Nordic whaling countries depend on selling their fish catches
to the UK and the rest of Europe where public opposition to whaling is strongest? While the EU has decided to sanction both Iceland
and the Faroes over their unilateral setting of herring quotas, sadly there is no apparent interest in confronting whaling with
sanctions that could end it overnight.

This is why Campaign Whale is calling on the government, the EU and all retailers of seafood to stop supporting whaling. It is time to
fight back for the whales. For more information please visit www.campaign-whale.org, call 01273 471403 or email enquiries@campaign-
whale.org

STOP PRESS

On the 13th August two further whale hunts took place on the Faroe Islands. As a result, 450 white-sided dolphins and 136 pilot whales
were cruelly slaughtered with knives, a staggering total of 586 whales killed in just a single day! Over 1,000 whales have now been
killed in the Faroe Islands alone in just 24 days this summer.

With Norway setting record quotas of minke whales this year, and with Iceland killing over 100 minke and endangered fin whales,
only tough government action now can halt this horrifying slide back to the darkest days of whale slaughter.

Latest Edition of Impact Magazine

The latest edition of LAWS Impact Magazine is now available. Please download here: Impact Magazine April 2013 (PDF)

LAWS Submission to Labour Party Your Britain Policy Consultation

More recently, in July 2011 an ORB poll confirmed that ‘animal welfare is something that most people say is important when deciding which political party to support and for one in six (16%) it is “very important”.’

Labour has a long and proud tradition of supporting and improving the welfare of animals.

Prior to the 1997 election Labour published a document ‘new life for animals’ containing a clear set of animal welfare policies. Most of these were subsequently delivered. The leaflet and the policies proved popular with voters, underlining the importance of the above poll results.

This long tradition appears to have diminished of late to the detriment of the Party and what it stands for.

Cruelty to animals is wrong, just as cruelty to humans is wrong. Causing unnecessary suffering to animals deliberately or through neglect for whatever reason should be prevented whether in the wild, in the home or on farms. It is right that we have laws and regulations to stop cruelty and that those who break these laws are treated as criminals.

Such a belief is part of a good society.

The Labour Animal Welfare Society has carried out a consultation exercise. As a result LAWS believes the Labour Party should adopt a policy on Animal Welfare for the next election, which would include:

  • Bring in an effective strategy to enforce the ban on hunting with hounds. Breaching the Act should be a notifiable offence.
  • Ban the fur trade and clearly label real fur products until such a ban can be introduced – consumers are buying real fur items without even realising it.
  • Bring in a ban on wild animals in circuses – and eventually ban all performing animals in circuses.
  • End the factory farming of game birds for shooting – more than 45 million pheasants and partridges are mass produced each year in the UK in hatcheries and rearing sheds. The young birds are fattened and released as moving targets for shooters.
  • Bring in a strategy to encourage less meat consumption.
  • Extend the ban on testing cosmetic products on animals to household products and increase the investment in finding alternatives to animal testing – it’s time for more relevant, effective science.
  • Review dog breeding, ban the use of electric shock collars and bring the Dangerous Dogs Act up to date.
  • Work with relevant agencies to provide ‘safe houses’ for pets – many women, in particular, remain in dangerous, abusive situations facing domestic violence as they will not leave the family pet behind. Providing temporary, secure homes for the animals would help victims to escape.
  • End ‘pet fairs’. Exotic animals are not good pets and the trade in wildlife is a threat to some species.
  • Continue to support the banning of hunting and slaughtering of whales working with international partners to bring an end to commercial seal hunts.

No election will ever be won on animal welfare policy – nor should it be – but by extending a sense of social justice to animals, the Labour Party would distinguish itself from others and would secure the votes of those who share that same value. It would also be doing something because – quite simply – it is the right thing to do.

Will you please support our submission by going here.

Report from Manchester Conference and Wolverhampton Campaign Stand

The Fringe meeting and reception held at National Conference in Manchester this year was a great success. Over 80 attended the fringe meeting. Speakers were Mary Creagh MP Shadow Secretary of State DEFRA, Kerry McCarthy MP Shadow FCO Minister, Baroness Angela Smith Opposition Deputy Chief Whip, Robert Evans Candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner , Nic Palmer for BUAV and Simon Pope for WSPA. Joe Duckworth Chief Executive of the LACS also spoke. Thanks to BUAV and WSPA for the joint sponsorship of an excellent evening.

Among the many visitors at our Stand at the Labour Party National Conference in Manchester this year was Ed Milliband’s wife, Justine Thornton . On either side of Justine is Wally Burley Chair and Nicki Brooks Secretary of LAWS.

Wally Burley and Malcolm Butt at the Wolverhampton Vegan festival in October 2012 where we obtained over 450 signatures against the fur trade.

LABOUR ANIMAL WELFARE SOCIETY DAY CONFERENCE ON POLICY

SATURDAY 23 FEBRUARY 2013.The Priory Rooms Meeting & Conference Centre, 40 Bull Street, Birmingham B4 6AF.

Registration 10.00am – start 10.30am through to 3.00pm Day Conference Including lunch. With tea and coffee at the start and during the conference. The theme of the conference is “Policing and Animal Welfare” and “Labour Party Policy on Animal Welfare”. Speakers at the Conference will include Bob Jones the newly elected Police Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands, Tom Quinn Political Officer International Fund for Animal Welfare(IFAW), and a speaker from the League Against Cruel Sports.

The conference is being partly sponsored By IFAW and LAWS, so there is a small nominal charge of £5 for each delegate. If you are interested in attending please contact Wally Burley by e.mail: walter@burley57.wanadoo.co.uk or by phone 01922 620667. Mobile 07833664032

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