Green Party candidate, Martin Deane, has pledged his support for Vote Cruelty Free, a new non-partisan coalition of animal protection organisations working to put animals on the political agenda.
The alliance has sent its manifesto to all candidates announced for the next General Election and asked them to show their support for the issues raised. So far more than 190 candidates have pledged their support.
Martin Deane said, “the issue of animal rights has been on the Green Party agenda for 30 years. Much modern research throws up endless problems of treating animals badly, as we do, from intensive farming to experimentation on them for medicines.
“Intensive farming which negates any quality of life for the animal concerned; sports hunting merely for the thrill of the kill; widespread experimentation on animals with no or questionable human benefit. These practices must be brought to an end, by governments, by corporations, by consumers, by law.”
A Vote Cruelty Free spokesperson said, “Animal protection is an issue close to the UK public’s heart but this is often not reflected in current political debate. It is fantastic that Martin Deane has shown he believes in animal protection issues as much as his potential future constituents in Kingston-upon-Hull North; we are calling on all candidates to follow his lead by pledging their support for Vote Cruelty Free.”
Vote Cruelty Free comprises the BUAV, Compassion in World Farming, IFAW in Action, League Against Cruel Sports and Respect for Animals. It covers a broad range of animal welfare issues including wild and marine animals, animal experimentation, cruel sports, the fur trade and farming.
Vote Cruelty Free is urging all candidates to pledge their support for the initiative. Voters can track candidates who have signed up by visiting the website at www.votecrueltyfree.org.
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