This article has appeared in the Torygraph today where Kate Hoey is receiving support from the hunting fraternity.
In the meantime I have signed up to support the campaign against blood sports being run by Brian May, from the band Queen. This is an important issue for me and I hope that many other candidates will also support it.
In a piece entitled 'Which party would animals vote for?" in Veterinary Practice Magazine it is stated:
The 50 page Green Party election manifesto10 included the most detailed policies on animal welfare of any
political party, other than Animals Count. The Greens would phase out intensive farming, would ban the
production and sale of eggs from hens kept in battery cages (including“enriched” cages), would end live animal exports, and would limit journey times for all animal transport. They would immediately ban harmful scientific animal use, and invest in the development of non-animal alternatives. They would regulate the
companion animal trade, including a ban on the importation of exotic pets.
They would enforce strict animal welfare standards generally.
The Green website also included a detailed policy on animal rights11, which stated that: “The Green Party believes that animals have the right to live in safety, without fear or pain caused by human exploitation. We seek a more peaceful world, where all life is respected and all cruelty challenged.”
With respect to companion animals,the Greens stated: “The Party is opposed to the wholesale breeding,
manipulation and destruction of those animals who are chosen as companions to the human race. We will introduce measures to regulate the care and conditions for such animals including a two-tier system of dog-licensing (breeding and non-breeding), licensing of all animal breeders and dog owners,subsidised spaying and neutering, the implementation of good animal warden schemes and a prohibition on the import of exotic animals for the pet trade.”
Dramatic increases in their vote shares in recent years have placed the Green Party in a strong position to
contest three constituencies and it is quite possible that Dr Caroline Lucas,the party leader, could be its first
member of Parliament.