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General election 2017: animal welfare manifesto commitments

Posted: 16 May 2017. Updated: 25 May 2017

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Labour Party

Animals in our food chain need welfare standards. Domestic animals require stronger protection from cruelty. Wild animals need a sustainable ecosystem.

Labour’s vision is for the UK to lead the world with high animal welfare standards in the wild, in farming and for domestic animals. Labour will increase the maximum sentence for those convicted of committing animal cruelty.

We will promote cruelty-free animal husbandry and consult on ways to ensure better enforcement of agreed standards. We will prohibit the third-party sale of puppies, introduce and enforce a total ban on ivory trading, and support the ban on wild animals in circuses.

We will cease the badger cull, which spreads bovine TB.

Labour ended fox hunting, deer hunting and hare coursing.

Only a Labour government will maintain the bans.

Liberal Democrats

Introduce stronger penalties for animal cruelty offences, increasing the maximum sentencing from six months to five years, and bring in a ban on caged hens.

Clamp down on illegal pet imports through legal identification requirements for online sales, and minimise the use of animals in scientific experimentation, including by funding research into alternatives.

Continue to improve standards of animal health and welfare in agriculture by updating farm animal welfare codes and promoting the responsible stewardship of antibiotic drugs.

Ensure that future trade deals require high safety, environmental and animal welfare standards for food imports, including clear and unambiguous country-of-origin labelling for meat and dairy products.

Develop safe, effective, humane and evidence-based ways of controlling bovine TB, including by investing to produce workable vaccines

Provide greater resources for international environmental co-operation, particularly on climate change and on actions to tackle illegal and unsustainable trade in timber, wildlife, ivory and fish.

Conservative Party

We will continue to take action to improve animal welfare. We will implement our proposed reforms on pet sales and licensing and will make CCTV recording in slaughterhouses mandatory. As we leave the European Union, we can take early steps to control the export of live farm animals for slaughter.

(Note. the manifesto also states that “We will grant a free vote, on a government bill in government time, to give parliament the opportunity to decide the future of the Hunting Act.”)

Plaid Cymru

Where we are:
Wildlife species in Wales are at risk of disappearing, with loss of biodiversity a threat to our natural environment.

Plaid Cymru’s answer:
We will update and consolidate Welsh wildlife legislation, creating a new Wildlife Act for Wales. We will continue to call for the creation of an Animal
Abuse Register for Wales.

Where we can be:
Wales can lead the way in the protection of wildlife and biodiversity levels as key elements of our environment.

UK Independence Party

We stand by our 2015 manifesto pledges to:

Ban the export of animals for fattening and slaughter

Tightly regulate animal testing, and continually challenge companies concerned regarding its necessity

Install CCTV in every abattoir and deal severely with any animal welfare contraventions

Forbid Jewish and Muslim methods of slaughter being carried out by unqualified individuals in unregulated premises, and deal severely with such transgressions

Insist all meat labelling identifies the method of slaughter

Triple the maximum jail sentences for animal cruelty

Impose lifetime bans on owning and/or looking after animals on any individual or company convicted of animal cruelty

Keep the ban on animal testing for cosmetics.

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