Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner today welcomed Labour’s new 50-point Animal Welfare Manifesto.
The document is a result of months of consultation, and has been endorsed by the League against Cruel Sports, Compassion in World Farming, IFAW and WWF.
Key plans include the next Labour Government appointing an Animal Welfare Commissioner, strengthening the Hunting Act, enshrining the principal of animal sentience in law, ending the badger cull and expanding affordable vet care for people on low incomes.
Daniel Zeichner MP said:
“Never has the future of animal welfare looked so uncertain under this Conservative government with a chaotic, race-to-the bottom Brexit. Too often animal welfare policy is dictated by ‘campaign of the month’ and is haphazard and piecemeal in approach.”
“Our Animal Welfare Manifesto sets out an ambitious vision for excellence in farm animal welfare with a plan to end out-dated practices that severely restrict natural animal behaviour.”
“Labour’s vision is one where no animal is made to suffer unnecessary pain and degradation and where we continue to drive up standards and practice in line with the most recent advances and understanding.”
“Our new Animal Welfare Manifesto demonstrates that Labour is a government-in-waiting. At a time when welfare standards are threatened by potentially damaging transatlantic trade deals, strengthening animal welfare laws has never been so important.”