Sue Hayman responds to Bill Oddie’s call for animal welfare to be at the heart of election manifestos
Sue Hayman, Shadow Environment, Food and Rural Affair Secretary, responding to wildlife campaigner Bill Oddie’s call for all political parties to ensure animal welfare is central to their manifestos, said:
“Labour has always been the party of animal welfare – from banning hunting with hounds to bringing in the landmark animal welfare act.
“Earlier this year we launched a radical 50-point animal welfare manifesto, the most comprehensive and ambitious programme on animal welfare ever proposed by a major British political party.
“While the Tories continue with their ineffective mass slaughter of badgers and flip flop on bringing back fox hunting, Labour is determined to bring animal welfare policy into the 21st century, based on the latest science and understanding.”
Notes to editors
- Labour’s 50 point animal welfare manifesto can be found here: https://labour.org.uk/issues/animal-welfare-manifesto/
- Last December, Labour committed to strengthening the Hunting Act. This would include:
- Review penalties under the Hunting Act 2004 to ensure it is an effective deterrent, including consulting on the introduction of custodial sentences, bringing it in line with the penalties for other wildlife crimes;
- Introduce a new ‘recklessness’ clause to prevent trail hunts being used as cover for the illegal hunting of wild mammals;
- Remove the exemption for ‘research and observation’;
- Remove the exemption ‘use of dogs below ground to protect birds for shooting’.