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


Michael Markarian, president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund, blogs about Measuring the Benefits of Ballot Measures and refers to a peer-reviewed study published in the Journal of Agricultural & Food Industrial Organization. The study, The Effect of Proposition 2 on the Demand for Eggs in California by Jayson L. Lusk, Oklahoma State University, shows… 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


The British coalition government of Conservatives and Liberal Democracts published last week its “Programme for Government.” I have extracted from the section, “Environment, food and rural affairs,” the following pledges related to animal welfare. The Government believes that we need to protect the environment for future generations, make our economy more environmentally sustainable, and improve our… Read More


Killing badgers so that people can drink cheap (read: tax subsidized) and unhealthy cow’s milk is unacceptable public policy. The true cost to raise and kill animals for food should be reflected in the price the consumer has to pay for it, including the impact of an animal-based diet on the National Health Service. Treat meat and dairy products like… Read More


The Daily Telegraph and other papers are reporting that Prime Minister David Cameron is committed to holding a free vote in the House of Commons the Hunting Act 2004.  After negotiations with the Liberal Democrats, the Conservatives have secured a pledge to introduce a parliamentary vote on abandoning the ban. David Cameron has personally called… Read More


Caroline Lucas’s election as the Green Party Member of Parliament for Brighton Pavilion is a significant accomplishment and a beacon of hope in an otherwise dismal election. Listening to her on BBC Radio 4’s “Any Questions” reinforces my view of her as an articulate and capable politician.  She’s more than proved herself to be an… Read More


20 Steps to a Conservative Dictatorship (It was The Sun Wot Did It!) Stitch up the opposition (LibDems) Make Parliament impossible to dissolve by requiring a 55% majority of MPs Institute fixed-term Parliaments Reduce the number of constituencies Redraw constituency boundaries to favour Tories Virtual control of the print media (Murdoch) Increasing influence in TV… Read More


The agreements between the Liberal Democrats and the Conservative Party reached on May 11 which led to the new coalition government includes in the “Civil Liberties” section the following: The parties agree to implement a full programme of measures to reverse the substantial erosion of civil liberties under the Labour Government and roll back state… Read More


Fascinating article in The Guardianabout Sir Edwin Landseer’s “The Otter Speared, Portrait of the Earl of Aberdeen’s Otter hounds” painted in 1844. “A painting normally considered too upsetting for modern tastes – bloodthirsty hounds, triumphant hunter and speared otter,’ writes  Mark Brown, “is to go on display as the centrepiece of a new exhibition examining the artistic… Read More


The London Review of Books’s article, What We’re about to Receive by Jeremy Harding, is excellent. I strongly encourage anyone who cares about animal welfare, environmental protection and human well-being and their interrelationships to read it. Harding goes where we need to go. He makes the dreaded comparison between tobacco and the consumption of harmful foods… Read More


The past week and particularly the past few days have been a roller coaster of stuff. I’m now digging myself out and gearing up to get back to work tomorrow. At a national level I’m fearful of an alignment of any kind between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats. They’re just not made for each other and… Read More


Protecting Animals in Democracy is endorsing Parliamentary candidates on animal welfare. Do you know which candidate in your constituency got the PAD endorsement? Find out here. Use the information to determine who you will vote for tomorrow. I know which one of my parliamentary candidate in Hastings and Rye got the PAD endorsement. The answer is Michael Foster (Labour). He has… Read More


Just got in from canvassing for Labour in Hastings Old Town and watching A Minority Pastime at our local independent cinema, The Electric Palace. Many thanks for the local Hunt Saboteurs for making it possible for the film to be shown for free. The documentary follows the journey taken by Nisa Ward as she makes it her… Read More


I want to put on record my admiration for Brian May’s campaign to keep hunting with dogs illegal. I’m happy to add my voice to the tens of thousands of others who have already backed his campaign. I also want to put on record my total commitment, that under a Labour government this ban on… 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


Understanding Animal Research publishes on its Web site an outline to the political parties and their stance on animal experimentation. It concludes It is clear that within each of the main parties, animal research will continue to feature within their commitments to animal welfare, even if it is not currently in their manifesto. The research… Read More


The second in the series by The Guardian on the political parties and their science policies. The first was the LibDems. The Guardian asks: Is animal testing necessary? Are the ethical concerns outweighed by the benefits? How would you like to see regulations on animal testing change under your government, if at all? In an… 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