The Centre for Animals and Social Justice’s major proposal for a Government Animal Protection Commission, already supported by fifteen of the UK’s leading animal advocacy groups, has now gained cross-party momentum. The Conservative and Labour animal protection policy groups are now promoting this vital measure within their parties – it is already official policy in the Green and Liberal Democrat parties.
The need for a body to ensure animals’ interests are represented in government has been highlighted by the CASJ’s research into the government’s current reluctance to enact effective measures to protect animal welfare. This indifference has been highlighted once again by the government’s recent rejection of MPs’ calls for a ban on third party sales on puppies and increased prison sentences for animal cruelty crimes. Another quietly devastating indictment of the state’s institutionalised disregard for animal welfare can be found in the Zoological Society’s response to a DEFRA consultation on the badger cull.
You can help by contacting your MP (if Labour or Conservative) to ask them to support their respective animal welfare group’s call for an Animal Protection Commission. Or you could contact your local constituency Conservative and/or Labour Party to urge support. Establishing this idea in the manifestos of the political parties is an essential step towards achieving this historic milestone for animals.
Why we need a government animal protection body
Industries that harm animals, such as intensive farming and animal experimentation, have come to dominate the UK government to the exclusion of animal protection and public opinion. This set-up is perpetuated by a government structure that prioritises ‘competitiveness’ and deregulation, including the various agencies and departments that sponsor the commercial interests of animal harm industries. Conversely, there are no laws or institutions to promote animal welfare protection and ensure it is a meaningful consideration for government.
Our research shows that this situation of institutionalised government bias against animal welfare is the fundamental reason for weak animal welfare laws, feeble enforcement and, consequently, levels of animal harm that go way beyond public acceptability. This also explains why current animal advocacy campaigns aimed at government are generally unsuccessful.
Therefore, establishing a governmental animal protection body is the key to a paradigm shift towards genuine respect for animals.
We are honoured to receive widespread and growing support from across the animal protection movement for this absolutely critical reform:
- Animal Aid
- Animal Interfaith Alliance
- Animal Protection Agency
- Blue Fox/Conservatives Animal Welfare Foundation
- Born Free Foundation
- Captive Animal Protection Society
- Compassion in World Farming
- Dr Hadwen Trust
- Humane Society International/UK
- International Fund for Animal Welfare
- League Against Cruel Sports
- Quaker Concern for Animals
- Save Me Trust