28/9/19 – The news today is positive – ‘Animal Welfare’ is the big issue at the Conservative party conference.
Here in the UK at the moment; we have a Conservative (Party) government. This weekend and into next week is the Conservative party conference; where the ‘table is laid’ about their proposals for the near future. We are very pleased to say that in both the last DEFRA Minister, Michael Gove; and the current minister, Theresa Villiers; we have very animal welfare friendly people. Theresa has always been a big player in the ban for live animal exports. This is reflected in the new manifesto paper released today which outlines the changes which we could see in the future under a Conservative government.
Theresa Villiers – Anti Live Export Minister.
Here below is a copy of the released paper:
More press news:
Whilst we at WAV welcome many of the initiatives set out in the paper; after all we are an animal welfare / rights organisation; we do have concerns that some issues are still not covered; including a reduction of animals being used in experiments; and failures to promote protection for drastically needed animals such as bees, butterflies and hedgehogs. Nothing has also been said about the culling of badgers; which is currently taking place under this same government.
But we do very much welcome the wording regarding a ban on the live export of animals; which is something we have been campaigning for (for) over 30 years; and which as a nation we are against; but unable to implement all the time we are an EU member state. We, as a group; did say a long time ago that if the UK was able to break free from the shackles of the EU, we could take back our own national control; and go for a live export ban. It seems that we have been listened to finally.
Under the proposals; the UK could see:
- Protection of farm animal welfare standards – that animal products sold in the UK come only from animals raised to UK standards or higher.
- The end of cages – phasing out of intensive cage systems by the end of the next parliament; supporting farmers who make the transition away from cage systems.
- Mandatory labelling of all meat – the public will be given information on how animals were raised and slaughtered; enabling them to make a choice on what they buy.
- The end of live animal exports from the UK for both further fattening and slaughter.
- The introduction of a new law to recognise that all animals are sentient beings; and by going further than EU legislation, it will allow the government and ministers to take animal sentience into account when making lawful decisions on legislation.
- Teaching animal welfare to children as part of the national curriculum. Children have a natural affinity with animals; so they will be taught about their needs, sentience, and requirements needed in order to respect and protect them.
- Banning the import of all Foie Gras products into UK, once we leave the EU.
- A focus on subsidising farmers and rewarding them financially if they adopt higher animal welfare standards and end cruel practices such as debeaking and the killing of male calves; the by product of a cruel dairy industry, along with the killing of male chicks at birth by the egg industry.
- Opposing the resumption of commercial whaling; as is currently supported by the UK.
- Seeking measures to end the terrible business of shark finning.
- Legislate to improve fish welfare, at production, handling and slaughter.
- A free vote on non-stun slaughter; and labelling of food to identify how an animal was killed – stun or no stun; enabling the public purchaser to make the choice of what they buy.
Myself campaigning at Dover port against the export of young male dairy calves to Europe for intensive systems.
A British Veal Calf is Restrained in an EU Veal Crate – now that’s worth fighting for !
(see photo above and video below)
The ‘Animal Cruelty Investigation Group’ (ACIG – England) follow British Calves to the Netherlands.
The woman behind my respect for animals – my mum (right) with Virginia McKenna of Born Free Foundation.
After some 40+ years of being a voice for animals, all of the above is very welcome news. Naturally there are other issues that we still have to work on; but hey; main issue at the Conservative conference; 15 years ago ‘animal welfare’ was not even really spoken about.
In Brussels, Belgium, EU HQ – a long, long time ago !
In the Netherlands with CIWF – European tour against intensive farming systems.
Today is a good positive sign for me; that my 40+ years of campaigning have not been wasted. Finally our voices are being heard where it matters by the people who are able to make the changes we ask for. The changes will not happen in the next week, but some of them could be underway by the time hopefully we get out of the useless EU by the end of this year.
Thanks to the tenacity of many excellent folk I have campaigned with over the years; sadly some of whom are not around now to hear this; I am tonight thinking back at them and remembering what they did to be a voice for animals.
Mike Tucker – Live Export Campaign hero – sadly no longer with us.
Tonight I am thinking and hoping that the 40+ years I have campaigned for animals, will move on in the near future to even better things. Finally we are being listed to. I also want to send respect and good luck to Greta with her environmental campaigning; she has done wonders with the global support of many activists.
She and her ideas and recommendations are the future; not those of the ignorant ‘Trumps’ of this world.
This is worth a read – with some great photos: