Gary Hills, South of England
If ever there was a time our wildlife needed a voice it is now and on Thursday you could help be that voice. Labour has the animal policies and the commitment to seeing them made into law.
Now any election is hard to win, there is a lot of scepticism directed towards political parties. On occasion we see people say Labour has done nothing or little for animal welfare and besides all the parties are the same right, well no wrong. The reality is far different and far more positive. The very issues we campaign on for animals are those that Labour have put in place or are most likely to introduce. In the past Labour has achieved more for animal welfare than any other political party. It's a strong record that has made the difference for so many animals.
In previous years Labour created the hunting ban, banned the use of Great Apes in vivisection, banned fur farms, created the pet passport, passed the Animal Welfare Act in 2006, banned cosmetic testing, helped secure the European wide ban on the use of seal products, created greater welfare standards for movement of cattle across Europe, banned the use of drifts nets, which affected dolphins, sea birds and marine turtles.
They have also fought against the illegal trade in endangered species and many more issues.
It is that commitment by Labour MPs that makes Labour the party to trust on animal welfare. It is the party that will have the majority of votes in the Commons that will support and back animals. That is not to say every animal issues will be perfect. We all have to work hard to ensure animals remain high on the political agenda. Yet with Labour MPs you will have a commitment to listen and movement to advance issues.
Labour has set out their animal policy for this election these include: Tackling illegal persecution towards birds of prey, a review of snares and shooting related legislation, ensuring the badger cull is scraped, greater support of the hunting ban and its enforcement, a new move to tackle commercial whaling, greater focus against International crime which effects Elephants, Rhinos and Tigers, will introduce a review of all law surrounding the breading of cats and dogs, they will also ban animals in circuses. This is just the start of the issues if Labour is elected with do in a full five year term.
Our wildlife does not need what ifs, it does not need faux support from the SNP when they won't vote, it does not need other parties that support the badger cull, it just needs Labour to win; which it can.
Every vote and every Labour seat gained or held is one more vote for a majority to keep wildlife protected.
There is so much more to do for animal welfare and for issues of nature, yet unless Labour is in Government there will be no protection. And there will be fewer voices speaking for them.
If wildlife could they would vote Labour.
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