About LAWS

Who We Are

Labour Animal Welfare Society was set up in 1992 as an organisation for Labour Party members and supporters.

What We Stand For

Our objectives are to:

  1. Give support to the Labour Party on animal welfare
  2. Educate, promote and organise discussion on animal welfare
  3. Promote our belief that humans have obligations toward other animals

LAWS is an animal welfare society with a political edge that puts us right at the heart of the Labour Party.

LAWS is able to move the animal agenda further because we understand not just the case being made but also how the political system works.

We are active in campaigns across the spectrum of animal welfare issues.

LAWS made an impact in the campaign to ban hunting with dogs with the support of Ministers and MPs.

What We Do

We have a yearly programme of activities, including conference stands and fringe meetings, day conferences and educational meetings are planned every year in addition to ongoing monitoring and lobbying activities.

The last Labour Government’s achievements for animals included:

  1. Banning hunting with dogs
  2. Securing an end to cosmetic testing on animals
  3. Banning fur farming
  4. Introducing the Animal Welfare Act 2006

We were very active in support of all of these measures, working closely with Labour MPs, many of whom are members of LAWS.

LAWS works closely with colleagues in the Welsh Assembly and Scottish Parliament.

LAWS campaigns on many other issues, including live animal transport, factory farming, vivisection and the protection of marine mammals.

LAWS is governed by a National Executive which is elected by the membership.