Animal Aid

Congratulations Winchester City Council!

Posted 4 May 2010

Animal Aid has today issued heartfelt thanks to Winchester City Council for taking the progressive decision to adopt the majority of the articles in our Compassionate Charter, showing themselves to be at the forefront of ethical local governance.

Animal Aid’s Compassionate Charter asks councils to adopt a set of ethical policies that, while easily achievable and simple to implement, can have a big impact on the lives of animals. These policies are:

  • Purchase only cruelty-free toiletries and cleaning products
  • Ban circuses with animals from council land
  • Ban the giving of pets as prizes at funfairs
  • Promote and subsidise spaying and neutering programmes
  • Ban the sale of foie gras and veal from council premises
  • Go fur-free
  • Use only humane, non-lethal methods of wildlife management
  • Make their town a plastic bag-free zone

In line with these principles, Winchester City Council has agreed to use cruelty-free products, ban the use of foie gras and battery eggs in its catering, promote the spaying and neutering of pets, and ban circuses with wild animals and the giving of pets as prizes from its land. It will also not allow its premises to be used for events including the sale or display of fur products.

Says Compassionate Charter Co-ordinator Ashley Owen:

Animal Aid is delighted that Winchester City Council has taken these important steps for animal welfare, and congratulates the councillors for their compassionate stance. Whilst there is always more that can be done to help animals and the planet, this is a tremendously important start, and we hope that other councils will follow Winchester’s admirable example.

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