Press coverage

Animals Welfare Party in the media

The Independent: A different species of politician

7 May 21014

Retford Times: Bid to bring animal welfare issues to the EU Parliament

16 November 2013

Pollbitch: The Election Special

6 May 2010 (Issue 497)

Veterinary Practice: Which party would animals vote for?

May 2010

Dog Theft Action: X marks the spot

April 2010

The Big Issue: The Brits – a nation of animal lovers

26 April – 2 May 2010 (No. 895)

BBC2 Daily Politics interviews Richard Deboo (short video)

28 April 2010

Election 2010: Potholes to Peace – more unusual pledges (BBC Online)

28 April 2010

Islington Tribune: ‘Animals Champion off the leash’

23 April 2010

Telegraph: ‘Election: do animals Count?’ (short video)

18 April 2010

Letter to the Editor re: ‘domestic extremists’ by Richard J Deboo

29 October 2009

Interview with Jasmijn de Boo on podcast The Big Cigarette

11 June 2009

Guardian: What are the chances for Animals Count?

4 June 2009

Party promises voice for animals

Voters in the European Parliament election have the chance to give a voice to the voiceless, the Animals Count party has said.

2 June 2009

Don’t miss chance to have your say on Europe

Do you think animals should have more of a voice in the European Parliament?

29 May 2009

LOUGHTON: New animal-friendly party launchs from district

A NEW animal-friendly party fighting in the European elections for the first time is to launch its manifesto from the Epping Forest District.

22 May 2009

Free veterinary consults – Animals Count launches EU election manifesto

Animals Count, which describes itself as a political party for people and animals, will launch its EU election manifesto on 24 th May from 12 noon at the Kings Oak, Loughton, where it will be putting into practice one of its proposed policies: subsidised basic and emergency animal health care for animals.

21 May 2009

Candidates fighting for Euro-seats

FOURTEEN political parties and one independent candidate are fighting for seats in the European Parliament in next month’s elections to represent the East of England.

20 May 2009

Nominations put forward for EU elections

Animals Count is first listed on the Eastern region list and first mentioned after the ‘big’ parties in this article. Clearly we have a new story to tell, unlike most other political parties.

8 May 2009

No pan-European party for animals

A Dutch online newspaper reports that although the Dutch Party for Animals may be able to win a seat in the 4th June EU elections, there will not be a pan-European party for animals. The article describes the electoral hurdles in other countries where such parties exist, preventing them from being successful in the EU elections. The article mentions that Animals Count has raised sufficient funds to contest one region in the EU elections.

23 February 2009

Animals Count raise £5,000 to enter the European Parliament elections on 4th June

sponsored walk participantsOn Sunday 8th February 14 people joined a sponsored walk in sunny London, raising over £500! Added to previous donations, we have now secured the deposit to contest the European Parliament elections on 4th June. If you would like to help with the electoral campaign, please contact us.

9 February 2009

Animals Count supporter argues Hunting ban is not working

Four years after the Hunting Act came into force, Rob Whitehall published a letter on behalf of Animals Count in the Independent (scroll down halfway), illustrating that the current Hunting Act is not working.

13 January 2009

Birmingham Mail mentions Animals Count Party Conference

The Birmingham Mail newspaper covered the Animals Count Party Conference which we held on the 4th of October. See here for the article.

9 October, 2008

Animals Count featured in two veterinary journals

Jasmijn de Boo and Andrew Knight; © J. BonnerJohn Bonner interviewed us for the Veterinary Review about the London elections, our policies, and in particular the importance of companion animal issues, and the role of veterinarians. The article is available here, published with permission of the Veterinary Review, June 2008, Issue 140, p.7. Another article featured in the Veterinary Practice, Volume 40, Number 5, p. 26

30 June, 2008

The Vegan reports on the Animal Welfare Act and quotes Jasmijn de Boo

The Vegan; © The Vegan SocietyClaire Barnes of The Vegan Society reviewed the effectiveness of the Animal Welfare Act, and asked whether this piece of legislation would mean an end to animal cruelty in the UK. She spoke to Jasmijn de Boo, who was skeptical about enforcement. Jasmijn said it is ludicrous that animal protection organisations seem to be mostly responsible for bringing cases to court. Government funding should be used instead to enforce the Act.

June, 2008

Interview with Jasmijn de Boo in Southwark News

Jasmijn de Boo; © Animals CountOn 28 April an interview with Animals Count leader, Jasmijn de Boo, was published in Southwark News. Articles have also appeared in the South London Press and the Streatham Guardian.

29 April, 2008

Animals Count in two Lifescape articles

LifescapeThe latest issue of Lifescape includes an interview with Jasmijn de Boo about the environmental impact of dairy (and the livestock sector) and a 3 page spread by veterinarian and Animals Count President, Dr. Andrew Knight, about meat-based versus vegan companion animal diets. Andrew also wrote another Lifescape article about responsible pet care.

Download copies of the articles here:

25 April, 2008

Animals party eyes City Hall seat (BBC News online)

While others focus on crime and transport, Jasmijn de Boo aims to be the first London Assembly member elected on an animal rights ticket.

Ms de Boo thinks she can attract votes from across the political spectrum, as well as enthusing those who are fed up with mainstream parties.

Animals Count calls for an NHS-style animal healthcare system and more “green corridors” for wildlife.

She is one of 10 people in the running for the Southwark and Lambeth seat.

Ms de Boo, 32, is the first person to stand in a UK election for the Animals Count party and hopes to pick up votes from disillusioned animal lovers.
11 April, 2008 READ MORE

The Independent article‘Shooting season opens on Labour’s huntsman’

© J. de Boo On 10 September The Independent published an article based on our press release, which can be found here.

Letter published in The Independent (14/09) ‘Labour big guns under fire’

Sir: I thank Henry Deedes (Pandora, 10 September) for highlighting the fact that Martin Salter MP has seen fit to become a patron for a body which supports the shooting of animals for sport, a move which has been rightly attacked by Animals Count (who are not a “colourful outfit” but a serious and moderate political party with several seats in the Dutch parliament and now gaining a presence in the UK).

They echo the feeling of the vast majority of people in the UK, which is one of revulsion that any human being can gain pleasure in inflicting pain on living creatures. All political parties will soon have to wake up to the fact that their records on animal welfare are a key factor for many people when deciding for whom to vote at elections, partly because the key mainstream policies of the major parties have become quite similar, so people look to other deciding factors.

Peter Collins
London EC4

Media articles

© Animals CountOver the past couple of months Animals Count featured in the following newspapers and magazines:

  • The Veterinary Times (article reproduced with the permission of Veterinary Times. Article from Veterinary Times Vol. 37 Issue No. 15)
  • The Daily Mirror (April 23, 2007, p.8)
  • Planet – The Welsh Internationalist (issue 182)
  • Viva! Life (issue 34, spring/summer 2007)
  • Outrage(issue 146, spring 2007)
  • The Vegan (spring 2007)

Animals Count appears in ‘Animals’ Voice’

©NZ SPCA The New Zealand SPCA was impressed with the political victory of the Dutch Party for the Animals and the launch of Animals Count that followed in December.

Read the article in their Autumn 2007 magazine ‘Animals’ Voice’ here.

Media coverage of the 3rd December 2006 launch of Animals Count