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By Robin Fearon
The Labour Party has launched a ‘radical action plan’ on animal welfare to address issues including hunting, live export of animals for slaughter, badger culling and animal testing.
The 50-point draft policy document, ‘Animal Welfare for The Many, Not The Few’, is now available for public consultation and aims to brand Labour as ‘the party of animal welfare’.
Its proposals will aim to:
Improve access to veterinary care for people on low incomes
Enshrine the principle of animal sentience in law
Increase maximum sentences for those convicted of animal cruelty
Ban third party puppy sales and increase resources to tackle puppy smuggling
Establish a full-time independent zoo inspectorate
Ban live exports of animals for slaughter
Introduce mandatory meat labelling, including for non-stun slaughter
End badger …
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