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Where do the parties stand on animal welfare?

Last update 05/3/18

We would never tell you who to vote for. But we also believe you are entitled to succinct and clear information about the animal welfare policies of our political representatives.

So we’ve assessed the parties on their commitments to animals, based on our current national campaigns.

We’ve identified several key opportunities for improving the lives of animals in the United Kingdom. Every party has been assessed against these opportunities.

If your MP, MSP, MLA or election candidates represent parties that do not uphold the values you would like to see in Parliament, please contact them, ask their personal opinion on these issues, and tell them you want their party policy to change.

Read more about our opportunities for animal welfare.

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Puppy Farming

Party Will they ban third party puppy sales? Will they protect progeny of dogs? Will they Publish a list of licensed breeders and sellers? Will they strengthen laws for online pet classified sites?
Conservatives
Labour
Liberal Democrats
Scottish National
Sinn Féin[1]
Plaid Cymru
Ulster Unionist
Green Party of England and Wales Maybe [2]
UK Independence Party
Alliance
Animal Welfare Party

 

Animal Experiments

Party Will they repeal section 24? Will they fully ban household product ingredient testing on animals? Will they increase funding for alternatives to animals in experiments? Will they ban breeding, use and importation of dogs and cats for experiments?
Conservatives
Labour Maybe 
Liberal Democrats
Scottish National
Sinn Féin[1]
Plaid Cymru
Ulster Unionist
Green Party of England and Wales
UK Independence Party
Alliance
Animal Welfare Party [3]


Badger Baiting

Party Will they centrally record wildlife crime with the inclusion of police codes for each type of crime?
Conservatives
Labour
Liberal Democrats
Scottish National
Sinn Féin[1]
Plaid Cymru
Ulster Unionist Maybe [4]
Green Party of England and Wales Maybe [4]
UK Independence Party
Alliance Maybe [4]
Animal Welfare Party

 

[1] Sinn Fein MPs abstain from their seats at Westminster.

[2] The Green Party has not specifically stated they will ban all third party puppy sales, however they have specified their aim is to “end puppy farming by banning the sale of young puppies and kittens unless the mother is present”, which would significantly prevent third party puppy sales. 

[3] The Animal Welfare Party calls for an end to all harmful animal tests, and breeding of all laboratory animals.

[4] Ulster Unionist, Alliance and the Green Party have all pledged to improve the way wildlife crime is tackled but not specifically to make wildlife crime centrally recordable.

Disclaimer

This information is to be used only as a guide to seeking further information on party policies across the parties analysed above in the United Kingdom and devolved legislatures. Naturewatch Foundation is an apolitical charity and provides this information for the purposes of informing on our key areas of concern for animal welfare, and to provide an indication of the comprehensiveness of party policies relating to animals. The quantity of animal welfare policies does not necessarily indicate the subjective quality of policies. We encourage all voters to read all party policies and election manifestos relating to animals and non-animal issues, and consult their local candidates, before making an informed choice at the polling booth.

This list of parties is not exhaustive. Policies of parties may change or be clarified at any time, therefore this table and political analysis may be updated periodically. Please contact info@naturewatch.org if you would like to suggest an update.