The feature article at the end of this post is one from the 2009 Summer issue of ‘Green World’, produced for members by the Green Party of England and Wales.
The article relates to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) and is prepared by Uk SSCS Director Steve Roest. Steve is also a UK Green Party candidate and has recently returned from ‘Operation Musashi’ in Antartica where they have been battling against the Japanese whaling fleet.
Mark Sanders-Barwick, also a SSCS volunteer, talks to Steve about his reasons for joining the Antartica campaign.
Please see our post of December 2008 (link directly below) for more information and video footage of the SSCS campaigns:
About the Green Party
Membership Link: http://join.greenparty.org.uk/membership/index.html
The Green Party of England and Wales is a growing political movement promoting social and environmental justice through campaigns, direct action and the electoral process.
Green representation is increasing at all levels of government. After the local and London elections in 2008, the Green Party of England and Wales had more than 100 parish councillors, 125 Principal Authority councillors, two members of the London Assembly and two Members of the European Parliament.
In Scotland, the Scottish Greens have two Members of the Scottish Parliament and since 2007 there has been one Green MLA in Northern Ireland.
Our Principal Authority councillors sit on Borough, District and County Councils all over England and Wales.
Policy: Animal Protection
Annually in Britain, over 3 million animals are used in experiments. They are poisoned, scalded, infected with diseases, crippled, blinded, starved and brain damaged, all for scientific purposes.
Every year, there are 850 million animals slaughtered for food. Most of these animals are farmed intensively, never breathing fresh air or seeing daylight. They are highly susceptible to disease and antibiotics are used routinely to suppress infection and promote growth. Their needs are ignored in the pursuit of profit.
Animals are capable of feeling physical pain and mental distress: they deserve to be treated with respect, and protected from cruelty. However, today in Britian, their habitats are increasingly under threat, they are still used for ‘entertainment’ in circuses and zoos, and they are hunted for ‘sport’.
The Green Party believes that animals have the right to live in safety, without fear or pain caused by human exploitation. We seek a more peaceful world, where all life is respected and all cruelty challenged.
The Green Party would:
• End all animal experiments, replacing them with more reliable non-animal alternatives.
• End factory farming, stop promoting factory farming abroad and encourage a reduction in meat consumption. We would also ban live exports, and the genetic treatment of animals.
• Protect habitats, ban bloodsports and end badger culling. We would ban the use of animals in circuses and abolish zoos.
Don’t we need animal experiments to develop new cures and medicines?
Experiments on animals are unreliable as a guide to human biology. Different species react differently to drugs and toxic substances. Many drugs that cause damaging side-effects in people have passed animal tests. There are viable alternatives to animal testing including epidemiology, the use of cell cultures, human tissue and computer simulation. The Green Party would redirect research funding to such alternatives.
We are not associated with groups using violence to promote animal rights. We campaign for a fairer world, where everyone is treated with respect. We are opposed to the use of violence or intimidation for any cause. We support non-violent direct action, and work with those groups using peaceful methods to publicise animal cruelty.
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