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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

We Labour Members of the House of Commons pledge ourselves to continue to work for Animal Welfare.

Janet Anderson MP Rossendale & Darwin
Adrian Bailey MP West Bromwich West
Margaret M Beckett MP Derby South
Ann Begg MP Aberdeen South
Ben Bradshaw MP Exeter
Nick Brown MP Newcastle upon Tyne East & Wallsend
Martin Caton MP Gower
Ann Clwyd MP Cynon Valley
Vernon Coaker MP Gedling
Jim Cunningham MP Coventry South
Janet Dean MP Burton
Jim Dowd MP Lewisham West
David Drew MP Stroud
Jeff Ennis MP Barnsley East & Mexborough
Bill Etherington MP Sunderland North
Michael Jabez Foster MP Hastings & Rye
Nia Griffith MP Llanelli
Nigel Griffiths MP
Mike Hall MP Weaver Vale
David Heyes MP Ashton-under-Lyne & Norman Briggs
Kelvin Hopkins MP Luton North
Joan Humble MP Blackpool North & Fleetwood
Dr Brian Iddon MP Bolton South East
Brian Jenkins MP Tamworth
Diana Johnson MP Hull North
Ashok Kumar MP Middlesbrough & East Cleveland
David Lepper MP Brighton Pavilion
Robert Marshall-Andrews MP Medway
Eric Martlew MP Carlisle
Ian McCartney MP & Ann McCartney Makerfield
Alun Michael MP Cardiff South & Penarth
Andrew Miller MP Ellesmore Port & Neston
Julie Morgan MP Cardiff North
Laura Muffatt MP Crawley
Meg Munn MP Sheffield Healey
Bill Olner MP Nuneaton
Nick Palmer MP Broxtowe
Gwyn Prosser MP Dover & Deal
Jonathan Shaw MP Chatham & Aylesford
Dennis Skinner MP Bolsover
Angela Smith MP Basildon & East Thurrock
Dr Howard Stoate MP Dartford
Paddy Tipping MP Sherwood
Dr Desmond Turner MP Brighton Kemptown
Neil Turner MP Wigan
Betty Williams MP Conwy
Mike Wood MP Batley and Spen
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)

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

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 walter@burley57.wanadoo.co.uk

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

LABOUR POLICY AND ANIMAL WELFARE

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 walter@burley57.wanadoo.co.uk

Going to Labour Party Conference 2012?

Don’t forget to visit us on stand 14.

Labour Party Conference Events

January Edition of Impact Magazine Released

Click the image to download the full edition. (PDF)

LAWS Reception – Labour Party Conference 2011

We shall be exhibiting as usual at this year’s Labour Party Annual Conference. If you are attending conference then please visit us on:

Our Stall – LAWS Stand No.149.

The famous LAWS Karaoke will return this conference on Monday 26 September 2011, Sefotn Room, Adelphi Hotel, Ranlagh Place, Liverpool L3 5UL between 8.30pm to 1.00am.

All welcome – ability to sing not compulsory. Come and join the fun.

The famous LAWS Karaoke will return this conference on Monday 26 September 2011, Sefotn Room, Adelphi Hotel, Ranlagh Place, Liverpool L3 5UL between 8.30pm to 1.00am.

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The famous LAWS Karaoke will return this conference on Monday 26 September 2011, Sefotn Room, Adelphi Hotel, Ranlagh Place, Liverpool L3 5UL between 8.30pm to 1.00am.

All welcome – ability to sing not compulsory. Come and join the fun.

“Animal Welfare is Part of a Good Society”

Monday 26 September 2011
Sefton Room, Adelphi Hotel, Ranlagh Place,
Liverpool L3 5UL.

Commencing with the reception at 6.30pm

Chair: Baroness Anita Gale, Vice-Chair LAWS

Speakers:

Mary Creagh MP Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. (DEFRA)

Kerry McCarthy MP Bristol East Shadow Economic Secretary

Baroness Angela Smith of Basildon Opposition Spokesperson for Energy and Climate Change

Michelle Thew BUAV Chief Executive British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection

Ian Cawsey WSPA Sponsors of the event, former Vice Chair,Labour Party, Animal Welfare

FREE ENTRY
Vegetarian and Vegan Buffet with wine and juice
(A cash bar also available)

For more information contact Wally Burley on 07833 664032 or at the Conference stand No 149.

This event has been kindly sponsored by World Society for the Protection of Animals. (WSPA).

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