Where do parties stand on animal protection?

Posted on the 25th May 2017

With the general election fast approaching, we thought you might like to compare the main parties’ policies on animal issues. We have summarised their policies below.

CCTV in Slaughterhouses

Conservative Party: Will make CCTV mandatory for slaughterhouses.

Labour Party: 
Policy unknown.

Liberal Democrats: Policy unknown.

Scottish National Party: Party policy is to make CCTV mandatory with independent monitoring of the footage.

Green Party: Party policy is to make CCTV mandatory in slaughterhouses.

Plaid Cymru: Policy unknown.

The Hunting Act

Conservative Party: Pledge to hold a free vote on the repeal of the Hunting Act.

Labour Party:
Pledge to maintain a ban on hunting and the Hunting Act.

Liberal Democrats: 
Policy unknown.

Scottish National Party: 
Will oppose moves to legalise hunting.

Green Party: Pledge to strengthen the Hunting Act

Plaid Cymru: 
Policy unknown.


Badger Cull

Conservative Party: Will continue and possibly extend the badger cull.

Labour Party: Will end the cull.

Liberal Democrats: Will develop ‚Äėhumane ways‚Äô to control bTB.

Scottish National Party: Policy unknown.

Green Party:
Does not support the cull.

Plaid Cymru: Policy unknown.


Farmed Animals

Conservative Party: Will take step to control live exports.

Labour Party: Will promote ‚Äėcruelty-free‚Äô husbandry and consult on ways to better enforce legislation.

Liberal Democrats: Pledge to: ban caging of hens; update welfare codes; promote responsible use of antibiotics; and ensure clear labelling of country of origin for animal products.

Scottish National Party: Policy unknown.

Green Party: Will phase out all factory farming, prohibit all painful mutilations, phase out prophylactic antibiotic use and end live exports.

Plaid Cymru: Policy unknown.


Animals in Laboratories

Conservative Party: Policy unknown.

Labour Party: Policy unknown.

Liberal Democrats: Will minimise the use of animals and fund research into alternatives.

Scottish National Party: Policy unknown.

Green Party: Will end toxicity testing on animals and the use of primates in research.

Plaid Cymru: Policy unknown.

Animals in Circuses

Conservative Party: Have dropped their pledge to ban wild animal acts in circuses.

Labour Party: Will ban wild animal acts in circuses.

Liberal Democrats: Policy unknown.

Scottish National Party: Supports a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses.

Green Party: Will end the use of all animals in circuses.

Plaid Cymru: Policy unknown.


Conservative Party: Have dropped their pledge to end the ivory trade.

Labour Party:
Will ban all ivory trading and prohibit the use of neonicotinoids.

Liberal Democrats: Will suspend the use of neonicotinoids.

Scottish National Party: Policy unknown.

Green Party: Will ban snares and ban driven grouse shooting.

Plaid Cymru: Policy unknown.


Companion Animals

Conservative Party: Will reform pet sales and licensing.

Labour Party: Will ban the third-party sale of puppies.

Liberal Democrats: Will clamp down on illegal pet imports.

Scottish National Party: Will review the use of shock, pulse and spray collars for dogs.

Green Party: Will tighten laws on breeding and sale, and ban import of exotic animals. Will end the primate pet trade.

Plaid Cymru: Policy unknown.


Other Issues

Conservative Party: No further policies.

Labour Party: Will increase maximum sentence for cruelty.

Liberal Democrats: Will increase maximum penalty for animal cruelty to five years.

Scottish National Party: Will maintain current EU laws and regulations on animal welfare.

Green Party: Will ensure veggie and vegan foods are available in all public institutions.

Plaid Cymru: Will call for an Animal Abuse Register.


Other ways you can help animals this election!

  1. Contact your candidate and ask them to pledge to protect and strengthen current animal protection laws, and to support our call for independently monitored CCTV in all slaughterhouses.
  2. If a candidate knocks on your door, ask them about their stance on animal protection issues. Please order our election postcards, which have questions you can ask candidates, using the form below.
  3. Please consider supporting the candidate in your area who you believe is the most animal-friendly. They may ask you to help them by delivering leaflets door to door, or by displaying a poster in your window. These small actions can have a big result, especially in marginal constituencies.

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