I am proud to support Labour’s new UK wide animal welfare plan, which was launched today.
The 50 point draft policy document, ‘Animal Welfare For The Many, Not The Few’, outlines measures for animal welfare, domestic pets, factory farming and slaughterhouses, wild animals, animals in sport, animals used in research as well as the appointment of an Animal Welfare Commissioner.
This is the next stage in Labour’s animal welfare agenda and seeks feedback on some of the measures we would seek to bring in under the next Labour government.
Some policies are devolved and Welsh Labour has already been implementing these policies so that we can lead by example.
The 50 point draft policy document, ‘Animal Welfare For The Many, Not The Few,’ will go out for public consultation and proposes appointing an Animal Welfare Commissioner to ensure Government policy across Whitehall is continually informed by the latest scientific evidence on animal sentience.
The Commissioner would also ensure animal welfare standards are always considered in new legislation and are maintained in Britain’s involvement in international bodies and post-Brexit trade deals.
The proposals have been endorsed by the League against Cruel Sports, Compassion in World Farming and WWF.
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.
We have seen the difference Labour makes to animal welfare policies. We only have to look at the excellent work of Welsh Labour in the Assembly to see that we put care and compassion at the forefront of our agenda. For example, England sees continued culling of badgers, whereas Welsh Labour has introduced a science-based policy which tries to support the farming community and maintain a sustainable ecosystem.
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.
You can learn more here.