UK: Government Opposition Party Sets Out New Animal Welfare Policy. The Political Battle Is On, And Animals Will Win Regardless.


SAV Comment:  The ‘Animal Welfare’ Battle Is Now On !


Finally, both the major political parties in the UK – Conservative and Labour; are finally starting to recognise that animal welfare is a big vote winner with the British public.

In fairness, Labour have always been the better welfare party – and the Tories very pro hunt and as we are witnessing at the moment, supportive of a badger cull.  The new leader of the Labour Party – Mr Corbyn, has been a vegetarian for many years; and from what we see and know, has always been a very supportive man when it comes to animal welfare.

Now we have the two biggest political parties in the UK fighting it out for support at the next general election.  And finally both of them are realising that with the British public, good animal welfare policies are a big vote winner.

As we have always said on this site, once the UK breaks free from the shackles of the EU – called ‘Brexit’; the UK will once again be able to make and enforce its own laws; free from the useless EU which has lots of rules, but as we have shown with live exports to Turkey for example, it never enforces or prosecutes when failings happen.  Ok, so now the Uk gets bout of the EU and takes back control; which for animals and their welfare can mean only one thing = an all round ‘win – win’ situation which can then be used by the UK when setting up new trade deals with other nations.  High UK animal welfare standards can be expected from other nations who wish to do trade deals, and so from this we hope that there will be an international ‘up’ in the standards of animal welfare.

 At long last, politics is realising that there are a lot of votes in good animal welfare.  Something which many UK campaigners have been saying for oh so many years.


United campaigners get better animal welfare !


Labour government would label meat from animals which haven’t been stunned

Plan to let shoppers know if animals have been stunned is part of wide-ranging plan to improve animal welfare

Shoppers would gain the right to know whether meat has come from animals killed using Halal or Kosher methods under a Labour government, as part of a major package of measures to promote animal welfare.

All meat would be labelled to reveal whether the animal was stunned or not, as well as which country it came from and how it was produced.

Kosher meat produced in line with Jewish traditions, and some Halal meat produced according to Islamic traditions, comes from animals which are not stunned before they are slaughtered.

But some vets and animal welfare groups say this causes unnecessary suffering. Current UK law requires all other meat to be stunned before slaughter.

The labelling plan is just part of major package of laws to protect animal welfare, to be announced by Labour today.

Other proposed policies include:

·         Enshrining the principle of animal sentience in law, to ensure it prevents practices that expose animals to cruel and degrading treatment.Conservative MPs were widely criticised on social media last year when they voted against a proposal to add a statement that animals are sentient to Brexit legislation.

·         Strengthening the Hunting Act to close loopholes that allow illegal hunting

·         Consulting landlords on giving tenants the default right to keep pets unless there is evidence the animal is causing a nuisance

·         Establishing an independent zoo inspectorate to draw up revised standards of animal welfare


·         A total ban on imports of Foie Gras, which is produced by force-feeding geese or ducks


·         Ending the badger cull. This involves killing badgers in an attempt to reduce the spread of TB to cattle, but there is disagreement about how effective it is

·         Requiring motorists to report accidents where an animal has been injured


·         Banning live exports of animals for slaughter or fattening and introducing mandatory CCTV in all slaughterhouses


·         Designing post-Brexit farm subsidies to move away from intensive factory farming and bad environmental practices

·         Prohibiting the third party sale of puppies and tackling puppy smuggling by reintroducing rabies testing before entry into the UK

·         Working with organisations like the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals to help pet-owners on low income get veterinary treatment

·         A comprehensive review of animal testing with a view to improving practice, limiting animal suffering and increasing transparency

·         Introducing a ‘blue belt’ to protect and enhance the marine environment around the UK and our overseas territories

Ian Lavery, Labour MP for Wansbeck and Labour Party Chair, said: “There is an awful lot there

“For many years, political parties left the issue of animal welfare behind.

But it’s a top priority for the public.

 “It’s good to see that the Labour Party understands how critical the issue of animal welfare is in today’s society.

“This plan proves once again that the Labour Party are on the front foot. We are listening to what people say and are planning to do something radical to improve animal welfare.”


Sue Hayman MP, Labour’s Shadow Environment Secretary, said: “Our vision is one where no animal is made to suffer unnecessary pain and we continue to drive up standards and practice in line with the most recent advances and understanding.”

Conservatives aid Labour were “playing catch-up” because the Government was already improving animal welfare, including by introducing tougher sentences for people who abuse animals, introducing mandatory CCTV into slaughterhouses, proposing a ban on ivory sales and banning microbeads to protect marine life.

“From introducing mandatory CCTV into slaughter houses to increasing the maximum sentence for animal cruelty ten-fold, the Conservatives will continue taking the action needed to ensure animals receive the proper protection they deserve.”



And from International (UK based) Compassion In World Farming (CIWF):

Dear Mark,

Today could mark the start of a seismic shift in the outlook for farm animals in the UK.

The Labour Party has just set out plans that would transform how animals are treated. If implemented, these proposals would signal the end of a host of factory farming practices. We have already heard encouraging comments from the Conservatives, and hope they will soon set out their own far-reaching policies in detail too.

Labour’s draft Animal Welfare Plan contains ground-breaking positions that reflect many of Compassion’s campaigns. The party is proposing:


Ending the use of cages on British farms

Banning live exports for slaughter or fattening

Mandatory labelling of meat, including country of origin, method of production and method of slaughter (stun or non-stun)

Ending the routine preventative use of antibiotics on farms

Phasing out farrowing crates for sows

Banning imports of foie gras

Subsidising farmers to move away from factory farming post-Brexit

This announcement follows immense pressure from Compassion in World Farming supporters, our lobbying team, and other campaigners. We called for a step-change in the future of our food system. Now, one of Britain’s biggest political parties has listened – and we hope to soon see similar moves by other parties too.

This isn’t the end of the story. Today’s announcement is the start of a consultation process, and we need your help to show the plans have massive public support. In addition to signing the letter to Labour, please complete their online consultation form to make sure your thoughts are heard. You can also read the full Animal Welfare Plan via the consultation page.When compassionate people stand together to fight factory farming… when we are relentless in challenging those in power to do the right thing… change is possible.

Thank you for all you do for farm animals,