The latest edition of LAWS Impact Magazine is now available. Please download here: Impact Magazine April 2013 (PDF)
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 …View full post
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 , …View full post
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 …View full post
Briefing note from Mark Glover NEC member and a member of the National Policy Forum. The Labour Party has launched its new and exciting programme of policy making – Agenda 2015 – which provides a timetable and mechanism for policy development leading up to the production of the next Labour general election manifesto. Central to …View full post
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.
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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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 01922 620667. Mobile 07833664032
Briefing note from Mark Glover NEC member and a member of the National Policy Forum.
The Labour Party has launched its new and exciting programme of policy making – Agenda 2015 – which provides a timetable and mechanism for policy development leading up to the production of the next Labour general election manifesto. Central to this process is a new online ‘policy hub’ which members, organisations and supporters can use to submit ideas and policy suggestions, comment and vote for policy ideas.
The policy hub can be found at: http://www.yourbritain.org.uk
It is a user-friendly site with an introductory video on the front page. To make post submissions or to comment you will have to log in and may need to register (again, very simple). If you are already registered to use membersnet or other Labour websites you can use your existing log-in details.
We all now have an opportunity for submitting and supporting policy ideas on animal welfare in a way that can be read by other party members, the National Policy Forum and the Labour leadership.
To make a submission, comment or vote:
• go to the second tab on the home page: ‘Join the Debate’
• then you can choose one of the priority topics
or scroll down and click on where it says: ‘Can’t find the subject you want to discuss? Click here.
• ‘Animal welfare’ appears and you can make a submission using the button on the right hand side.
LAWS will be sending in a document and you will then be able to add a comment and vote for it as a positive contribution.
All submissions will go forward to a policy commission and members of the National Policy Forum are responsible for monitoring the ideas coming forward. It is essential that there are animal welfare measures put forward for discussion.
If a particular submission is seen to be based on widespread community and/or public support or it receives a high level of support through the voting mechanism, the individual or organisation making the submission may be invited to give evidence in person to the relevant policy commission.
COMMUNICATION If you send something in to the Your Britain website, please let us know. We can then keep LAWS members up to date with animal policy issues and encourage them to give their support. CONTINUED ON All elements of the party, from individual members to CLPs and MPs and affiliates can get involved and there is more information how in the Agenda 2015 document. (You can find this document by typing Agenda 2015 into the search box in membersnet So now it’s down to you. Please get involved. Make your own submissions or support those already posted and, importantly, let us know what you are doing. Notify email@example.com
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A billion animals are killed each year in the United Kingdom by us humans. They are either reared for food or sport, killed in the wild or experimented on before being slaughtered.
All of us have a responsibility to ensure that these and the other animals in our care are treated well and killed humanely. Where possible we should eliminate unnecessary animal suffering.
Local Authorities have their part to play in creating a more humane and compassionate world. Many of their areas of responsibility involve animals and policies can and should be introduced to reduce animal suffering.
Many Councils have already adopted Animal Welfare Charters however too many have not and we have produced the LAWS Charter as a tool for those which have not. It is being made available as a draft document that can be adapted for the type of Authority intending to use it.
Following our discussions and the day conference held in December 2011 in Oxford we are pleased to present this local government charter.
We would like to thank Chris Fagan our local government officer for his work in preparing, presenting and producing the draft document at the day conference and the work that he has done since in finalising it. Thanks also to the members who took part in the Policy Conference and also the LAWS members and animal welfare groups who submitted comments and proposals.
Thanks also to Nicki Brooks, Mark Glover and the other members of LAWS Executive Committee for their contributions to the final document.
We hope you find our policy document interesting and any comments you may wish to make on it would be most welcomed.
This document is being circulated to all Local Authorities and we very much hope that they will take the steps necessary to bring in their own version of an Animal Welfare Charter as soon as possible. If they already have a charter then we hope that this document can be used to update it.
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