The Animals and Society Institute (ASI) publishes a series of Policy Papers on specific animal issues and their impact in the public policy arena. Six Policy Papers have been published since 2006: Dog Bites: Problems and Solutions by Janis Bradley, which was made possible with the generous support of the Animal Farm Foundation and is… Read More


The National Journal in the US is a weekly magazine aimed at political insiders. Recently, it published Animal Rights On The March by Paul Starobin with the subtitle, “How animal rightists are bringing new meaning to the pledge “with liberty and justice for all.” Washington, watch out.” Notwithstanding this dramatic overture, the article is a… Read More


In an earlier post, Political Parties for Animals, I wrote there are three reasons why I believe animal welfare political parties are mistaken and hinder the progress of the animal welfare/rights movement. The Fringe Factor, which perpetuates the view animal welfare/rights is a fringe issue The Trivial Political Factor, which characterizes animal welfare/rights as inconsequential… Read More


I just received in the mail from the US a copy of Teaching the Animal: Human-Animal Studies across the Disciplinesedited by Margo DeMello and published by Lantern Books. Obviously, I’ve only had a chance to thumb through this volume but it looks immediately to be a very important addition to the literature.… Read More


Law Professor David Cassuto thoughtfully discusses PETA ‘s financial sponsorship of America’s ‘Octomom.’  Read here in full. Nadya Suleman, the (now) self-described `Octomom,´ has a sign on her lawn urging us to heed her example and “Don’t Let Your Dog or Cat Become an Octomom. Always Spay or Neuter.” Suleman, who had octuplets 16 months… Read More


During general elections political parties adopt different strategies to how they respond to the many questionnaires candidates receive. For example, it appears that the Conservative Party is not responding to surveys about animal welfare. Uncaged, which is running the Vote 4 Animals campaign, confirm my suspicion that the standard text which Conservative candidates are distributing… Read More


The critical difference between Human Animal Studies (aka Animal Studies) and Critical Animal Studies is in the word critical. What may appear to be a relatively unimportant difference is, in fact, key to understanding why there is a legitimate need for both HAS and CAS. It helps to let the protagonists of each define themselves.… Read More


Animals Count, the “UK political party for people and animals,” has published an extensive manifesto. Here in full is their key policies: Eliminate the failed practice of animal experimentation Redirect subsidies from livestock and fisheries farming to plant-based agriculture Phase out farming practices with poor welfare consequences for animals Establish an ‘NHS for animals’ to better protect… Read More


With what seems like a daily discovery of yet another British animal welfare group launching its own political campaign for the general election (WSPA and Advocates for Animals are the latest I find; are there more?), it would not be unreasonable to think that this is a good thing. Sadly, far from it. It’s a bad thing.… Read More


The Guardian begins a series on the political parties and their science policies. First up is the Liberal Democrats. The other parties are to follow and I will post them here as soon as they are available. Animal research is one of several issues addressed. Here is the LibDem’s response in full on animal research from their… Read More


Yesterday, I complained about Labour’s Green Manifesto for being too weak on animal welfare. Today, I grumble about the LibDem’s Environmental Manifesto because animals are absent from it. Please let me know if you find them lurking anywhere within.… Read More


The odious British National Party published their manifesto in the last few days. It contains one animal welfare commitment. Not surprisingly it is to “ban the burka, ritual slaughter and the building of further mosques in Britain.” Just to make sure we understand their racist policies they repeat later their pledge to “outlaw non-stunned ritual… Read More


The Labour Party published its Green Manifesto over the weekend. Among the 21 pages is a tiny section devoted to animal welfare. The entire text of Section 9, “We will improve animal welfare,” reads as follows: Labour has a proud record on animal welfare. Over the past thirteen years we have not only banned fox… Read More


News and commentary on the British general election and various related and unrelated animal welfare/rights issues resumes today. This will include some thoughts on the 1st Annual European Conference For Critical Animal Studies “Animal(s) Matter(s): The Future of Critical Animal Studies” at the University of Liverpool, which I attended and is one reason for my… Read More


The Vegan Society of the UK publishes a Vegan Manifesto, which includes “improvements to product labelling, commercial and public catering, local government procurement, health services, medical research, agriculture, international development, education, information gathering and entertainment.” More here.… Read More


Mariann and Jasmin very kindly profile me and my efforts for animal welfare in the general election at their excellent Web site, Our Hen House. They’re US-based and familiar with my work in America with the Animals and Society Institute (see Links “ASI”) and The Animals’ Platform program. Read what they have to say here.… Read More


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