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ADI, NAVS & LDF at Party Conferences

Posted: 19 October 2010. Updated: 17 April 2015


A team from our London office, representing Animal Defenders International, the National Anti-Vivisection Society, and the Lord Dowding Fund for Humane Research, attended the Party Conferences of the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats, and the Labour Party this Autumn.

Our 2010 edition of Political Animals, which outlines our priorities for animal welfare issues in the year ahead, was distributed from our stand amongst delegates. We were particularly focusing on the ban on wild animals in circuses currently being debated, as well as the fur industry in Europe, the latest information on household and cosmetic products testing on animals and the recently approved European directive on animal experimentation, due to start its transposition process in the next few weeks. We also premiered the update of our UK Stop Circus Suffering video, with new footage from inside British circuses.

At all three conferences, the stand was permanently busy and ADI staff at the conference had the opportunity to discuss our political campaigns, our expectations from the Parties and the new coalition government, and our latest research achievements.

There was wide-spread support for a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses across the parties, and we are encouraged that the issue has not slipped into the sidelines.

As well as boosting support for Early Day Motion 403, by which the Coalition Government is urged to introduce regulations to ban the use of animals in circuses in the UK, we also took the opportunity to discuss key issues with various political figures for animal issues, such as: Caroline Spellman MP Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Lord McNally, Ministry of Justice leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords, Simon Hughes, Deputy Leader for the House of Commons, Baroness Sue Garden, and Baroness Smith of Basildon; as well as MPs David Amess, Mark Pritchard, Kerry McCarthy, Chris Williamson, Bob Russell, Roger Williams, Simon Wright, Mark Williams, Mike Tuffrey, and Hilary Benn, Shadow Leader of the House of Commons, among others all of whom expressed great interest in our work.

Our team also met briefy with Business Secretary Vince Cable and Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Equalities Lynne Featherstone, who will be responsible for the transposition of the new Directive on animal experimentation, in the fringe events that took place around the conferences.

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