AWP Delighted to Welcome Dowager Duchess of Hamilton, Kay Hamilton as newest Member

AWP Delighted to Welcome Dowager Duchess of Hamilton, Kay Hamilton as newest Member

Animal Welfare Party is delighted to welcome the Dowager Duchess of Hamilton, Kay Hamilton, as the party’s newest member.

A longstanding and high-profile member of the SNP, the Dowager Duchess publicly resigned her SNP membership today and joined AWP, citing the SNP’s recent refusal to support a UK-wide ban on live animal exports, which she called “shameful”.

Animal Welfare Party has long campaigned for a total ban on live exports, as well as the minimisation of farmed animals’ journeys within the UK. On 14th June, as part …

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Animal Welfare Party Councillor’s Hedgehogs Success Sparks National Interest

Animal Welfare Party Councillor’s Hedgehogs Success Sparks National Interest

Image Credit: British Hedgehog Preservation Society

In March, Animal Welfare Party deputy leader and elected town councillor Jane Smith successfully tabled a motion that for every new planning application coming before Alsager Town Council in Cheshire, native hedging should be stipulated for all new boundaries, and that if native hedging isn’t possible, any solid walls or fences must incorporate ‘wildlife tunnels’ to allow hedgehogs and other animals through access.

It’s estimated that the UK has lost a third of its hedgehog population in the past decade alone, …

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Animal Welfare Party Gains First Representative in UK

Alsager, Cheshire: Animal Welfare Party has today gained its first representative in the UK when Alsager town councillor, Jane Smith switched parties from the Green Party to AWP.

At midday today, Smith, a serving councillor on Alsager Town Council in Cheshire made history when she announced her decision to switch from the Green Party to Animal Welfare Party, effectively becoming AWP’s first representative in the UK.

Smith, who has served on the council since 2015 and who runs Compassion in World Farming’s Cheshire group said in a …

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Leave or Remain? AWP’s Position on How to Vote in the Interest of Animal Welfare

Leave or Remain? AWP’s Position on How to Vote in the Interest of Animal Welfare

On Thursday 23rd June, registered voters in the UK will be able to vote to decide if we should remain in or leave the European Union.

The debate so far, led by Westminster parties from both the REMAIN and LEAVE campaigns, has often proved confusing at best and manipulative at worst, leaving many voters frustrated and unsure how to vote. Also, those debates have focused almost entirely on the interests of people, while the interests of animals and the environment have received scant attention. In this …

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AWP Celebrates May 5th Election Results

AWP Celebrates May 5th Election Results

Animal Welfare Party is celebrating today after fantastic results in the May 5th elections.

Standing for the first time in Scotland and Northern Ireland and also for the first time in the London-wide Assembly elections, AWP is delighted with the share of the vote received.

The first results to be announced yesterday morning were for Glasgow Region, where AWP’s list candidates, Barry Quinn and Dr Andrew Orr received 1819 votes / 0.7%.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The results for West Tyrone, where AWP’s candidate, Laura McAnea stood for election to the Northern Ireland …

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Animal Welfare Politics 2015 – The Year in Review

Animal Welfare Politics 2015 – The Year in Review

As 2015 draws to a close, we take a moment to reflect upon some of the highlights in the animal welfare politics movement over the last 12 months.

April 2015

In Australia, Animal Justice Party won their first ever seat and Mark Pearson, former Executive Director of NSW Animal Liberation, took his place as a dedicated representative for animals in the New South Wales Upper House.

May 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to a fantastic response to our fundraising campaign on crowdfunder.com, Animal Welfare Party was able to stand four vegan candidates in the …

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AWP Delighted as MEPs vote to end EU subsidies for Bullfighting

AWP Delighted as MEPs vote to end EU subsidies for Bullfighting

Animal Welfare Party is delighted that 438 out of 687 MEPs have today voted to end EU subsidies for bullfighting – currently totalling around €129 million per year.

An estimated 129.6 million euros per year in subsidies are currently spent on rearing bulls for bullfighting. Political parties for animals, including Animal Welfare Party and animal campaigners around the world have long argued that bullfighting has no place in modern society and that such subsidies cannot be justified. AWP is delighted that a majority of MEPs have today voted in …

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Little to Celebrate in Release of Government Figures showing 6% ‘drop’ in Animal Experiments for 2014

Little to Celebrate in Release of Government Figures showing 6% ‘drop’ in Animal Experiments for 2014

Animal Welfare Party finds very little to celebrate in today’s release by the Home Office of statistics showing an apparent ‘drop’ in the number of animal experiments performed in the UK in 2014.

Statistics may appear to show a 6% drop in the number of experiments performed but,
in response to an EU directive, the way the Home Office collects figures has changed – meaning comparisons with figures from previous years are actually difficult to make. Tests are now counted when they conclude, instead of when they …

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Animal Welfare Party Battle Bus Takes to the Streets of Tower Hamlets in Final Days of Mayoral Election Campaign

Animal Welfare Party Battle Bus Takes to the Streets of Tower Hamlets in Final Days of Mayoral Election Campaign

Animal Welfare Party supporters took the streets of Tower Hamlets on Sunday aboard the party’s Mayoral Election Battle Bus – led by AWP candidate for Mayor, Vanessa Hudson.

Around 20 supporters, some in animal costumes, some in the party’s distinctive ‘A’ t-shirts boarded the bus for a three and a half hour tour across the borough.

The aim of the trip was to help raise awareness of the party’s standing in the upcoming Mayoral Elections and with their brightly decorated bus in the party’s pink branding, dancing …

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Running For Office – Running Club in World First?

Running For Office – Running Club in World First?

A running club is thought to be the first in history to have four current and former members standing as candidates in a UK General Election.

Professor Andrew Knight, Vanessa Hudson, Jon Homan and Guy Dessoy met as members of Vegan Runners UK, a running club aimed at those following a plant-based lifestyle, which has around 230 members across the UK.

The four are now standing as candidates for the Animal Welfare Party in Thursday’s General Election. Professor Knight will contest the seat of Kensington while …

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