Feb 02

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.

Feb 02

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

Feb 02

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

Sep 14

Going to Labour Party Conference 2012?

Don’t forget to visit us on stand 14.

Sep 14

Labour Party Conference Events

Jun 20

LAWS Launch Local Government Charter

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.

To download a copy (PDF) click on the image below.

Jan 31

January Edition of Impact Magazine Released

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

Oct 17

Stop the Cull!! T-Shirts

Why not join in and support our campaign by wearing our excellent T-Shirts?
stop the cull t-shirt modelled by two laws members
The T-Shirts are Fair Trade and come in sizes XL,L and M.

Printed Black on a Yellow T.Shirt.

They cost £8 each plus £2.00p towards postage and packing.

Special price for buying 5 or more £7.00p each.

If you’d like to order a t-shirt then get in touch with us via the contact form on the website.

Sep 02

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).

Sep 02

LAWS Conference Karaoke

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.