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Posted 16 April 2010
As the election draws ever closer, it is important to look at the merits of individual candidates as well as their respective parties when considering casting your vote. A website that is particularly useful in this regard is Protecting Animals in Democracy.
In the Spring edition of our campaigning magazine, Outrage, we featured an ‘Election Special’, detailing the responses we received after contacting political parties for details of their animal welfare policies.
Following the publication of the main parties' manifestos, we have picked out the relevant points relating to animal welfare policies and summarised them here. Midway through the election campaign, the Labour Party have released a Green Manifesto containing further statements on their animal welfare policies. It contains the following commitment:
In the next Parliament we will ban cages for game birds and wild animals in circuses. We will continue the review of wildlife crime legislation, including the Hunting Act’s code of practice, to give animals appropriate protection. View the Labour Party’s Green Manifesto here.
The Green Party stand a good chance of winning a seat in this year’s election, through Caroline Lucas in the Brighton Pavilion constituency. The Green Party are well known for having much more progressive animal welfare policies than the other main parties.
Click here for extracts from the Green Party’s manifesto.
You can view the Green Party’s manifesto in full here.
There is also a candidate from Animals Count - a party that makes animal protection a top priority - standing in London’s Islington South & Finsbury constituency.
See their key policies here