The Liberal Democrats published this morning their proposals, “Manifesto 2010.” The animal welfare section is part of their “Your Family” section. Here’s the complete text: Enhanced Protection for Animals Liberal Democrats believe that ownership and use of animals is a responsibility that should not be abused. We will:  Merge existing quangos to establish an Animal… Read More


In the Foreword to the Conservative Party manifesto, “Invitation to Join the Government of Britain,” which was published yesterday, it states Our fundamental tenet is that power should be devolved from politicians to people, from the central to the local. (vii) In this interpretation of democracy, the Conservatives say We believe in responsibility: government responsibility… Read More


Yesterday, the Labour Party published its manifesto, “A Future Fair for All,” which, according to Prime Minister Gordon Brown, called for a “modern, progressive Britain based on fairness, respect, decency and openness.” The paragraph on animal welfare is in the section called “A Green Recovery” and the subsection “Valuing Nature for Everyone” (page 8:5). We… Read More


Animals Count and the Animal Protection Party are two examples of efforts to advance animal welfare/rights in the political arena through the apparatus of their own political organization. These efforts may be well intended but they are essentially misguided and counter productive as well as potentially damaging to the cause they profess to serve. Inevitably,… Read More


The following press release was issued today by Michael Foster MP for Hastings and Rye. Michael Foster has presented a ‘Back the Ban’ petition of 4,000 names to Parliament. The petition was the brainchild of local Animal Welfare Advocate Kim Stallwood who lives in Hastings after a spell in the USA working as Executive Director… Read More


One example of the Labour Government’s action on animal welfare which can be described as a “dollar short and a day late” is its policy on wild animals in circuses. It is, of course, to be welcomed that Jim Fitzpatrick MP, Minister of State for Food, Farming and Environment (DEFRA), stated on March 25, 2010.… Read More


The Guardian publishes a scare-mongering story yesterday, Animal rights activist using FOI laws to target universities, which I suspect was planted by the animal industrial complex. The subtext is that people who have been arrested should not be allowed to use the Freedom of Information Act (FOI). The requests were sent by Luke Steele, an… Read More


An Equality and Human Rights Commission inquiry has uncovered widespread evidence of the mistreatment and exploitation of migrant and agency workers in the meat and poultry processing sector. Workers reported physical and verbal abuse and a lack of proper health and safety protection, with the treatment of pregnant workers a particular concern. Many workers had… Read More


Oh dear. Yet another report proclaiming “Fur is back!” This time it’s The New York Times and “Fashion Feels Fur’s Warm Embrace.” “For the first time in more than two decades, more designers are using fur than not,” it says. Turns out that the furriers have “aggressively courted designers, especially young ones, to embrace fur… Read More