Neither the Plaid Cymru nor the Scottish National Party manifestoes include any commitments to animal welfare. I looked. And I admit I may have overlooked them. So, if anyone finds anything in the PC and SNP manifestoes on animal welfare, please contact me and I will happily publish a correction.… Read More


The British National Party (BNP) and the UK Independence Party (UKIP) are right-wing fringe political organizations which many people, including myself, find abhorrent. BNP is a far-right political party with strong racist and fascist roots. UKIP is virulently against the European Union and wants Britain to leave the EU and “return real power to British… Read More


As is to be expected the manifesto of the Green Party provides the most progressive and comprehensive platform of animal welfare issues. Here is the section, “Taking Animal Protection Seriously,” in full. We share the world with other animals and are not entitled to ill-treat or exploit them. Accordingly we would: Phase out all forms… Read More


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


Mr Cameron said he was prepared to support “targeted culling” of the animals to prevent them spreading bovine tuberculosis to cows and other farm animals. He said a Conservative government would support a policy in England based on that already put in place by the Welsh Assembly. General Election 2010: David Cameron backs badger cull… 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


Without explaining the eccentricities of our political system and how and when general elections are called, we are, as each day passes into the next, slowly but surely, sinking into the national bun fight that’s called here a General Election. Look for Prime Minister Gordon Brown to announce it on Tuesday, April 6 and for… Read More