February 2020 archive

Feb 17

Labour Leadership Elections 2020: statements on animal welfare from candidates

It has become a tradition for LAWS to approach candidates in Labour’s Leader and Deputy Leader elections, asking them to provide a statement giving their views on animal welfare issues. Their views are important because animal welfare is important, but also because a significant number of electors (and Labour members) believe these issues are important …

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Feb 14

Dr Rosena Allin-Khan

Growing up on the breadline, as a mixed race child, with a single mum, under Margaret Thatcher’s Government of the 80s, meant that the odds were stacked against my brother and I. Constantly told that there was a ceiling on what I could achieve, when I failed my exams, mydreams of serving my community looked …

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Feb 14

Angela Rayner

I was pleased to stand for election recently on the Labour Party’s most comprehensive and progressive animal welfare manifesto in our history. Animal welfare issues have been very much at the forefront of my campaigning activity since first being elected an MP in 2015. I have actively campaigned against the government’s Badger Cull. I have …

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Feb 14

Ian Murray

The Labour Animal Welfare Society has undertaken fantastic work in promoting animal rights since its inception almost thirty years ago, so it is my pleasure to be able to outline my views on these important issues. Labour Party members can be proud of the record of the last Labour government on improving animal welfare in …

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Feb 14

Dawn Butler

As part of a caring society we as the Labour Party must ensure that we take animal welfare extremely seriously. It is the number one issue that I am contacted about and rightly so, which is why it must continue to form a vital part of Labour’s progressive policy platform. As the proud owner of …

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Feb 14

Richard Burgon

I am proud to have served in Labour’s Shadow Cabinet that has delivered the groundbreaking Animal Welfare Manifesto ahead of the last election.This builds on Labour’s proud tradition of being the party of animal welfare. I have been a long standing opponent of fox hunting and other blood sports. The killing of animals for sport …

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Feb 13

Emily Thornberry

Dear Friends, I’ve been an animal lover all my life, but my passion for animal welfare probably began at the age of seven, when my mum said our cats had been put down, because we couldn’t afford to keep them. All the events that led up to that – my dad walking out, our family …

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Feb 13

Keir Starmer

Labour’s socialist societies are a hugely important part of the Labour Party family and the Labour Animal Welfare Society play a crucial role in campaigning on the rights of animals and promoting animal welfare within our party. We are the Party of the hunting ban and the Animal Welfare Act and that wouldn’t be the …

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Feb 13

Rebecca Long Bailey

I am proud that Labour was the only party at the last General Election to put forward a dedicated and comprehensive manifesto on animal welfare. This manifesto represents years of hard work by campaigners and Labour Party members to push animal welfare up the agenda – and its existence is just one example of the …

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