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


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


Published originally in 1929, Gandhi called his autobiography The Story of My Experiments with Truth. I like the association of truth with experimentation. It reminds me that we are finite human beings wholly incapable of understanding the universe and, therefore, what truth truly means. For a truth to be true it must be universal. How can… Read More


Swiss voters soundly rejected a plan to appoint special lawyers for animals that are abused by humans, dealing a blow to advocates who say Switzerland’s animal rights laws are not being enforced. Results showed that 70.5% of voters cast their ballot against the proposal to extend nationwide a system that has been in place in… Read More


Very interesting article in The Guardianabout Antoine Goetschel, who is the attorney engaged by the Swiss canton of Zurich to represent animals in court as the “animal advocate.” This position has been in place since 1991. Tomorrow, there is a referendum in Switzerland to approve a measure enabling animal advocates to be engaged in every… Read More


If there is a moment in the history of the animal rights movement I wish I could take myself back to it would be to a public meeting of the London Vegetarian Society on November 20 1931. Looking at the photograph which records the historic event, my eye is drawn to the recognizable figure of… Read More


“New Labour appears to offer no animal welfare policy for voters to consider at the election,” complains a campaigning group called Protecting Animals in Democracy. It reminds supporters of what Labour has all but forgotten: “Votes are won and lost on animal issues.” And yet, exasperatingly, there is still no animal equivalent to Mumsnet, where… Read More