An­i­mals on agenda

Wilmslow Express - - NEWS -

ONE no­table thing about this elec­tion is that it seems an­i­mal wel­fare is on the agenda.

On wildlife crime, the Con­ser­va­tives pledge to con­tinue their strong work in the battle to com­bat the il­le­gal wildlife trade, Labour recog­nises the im­por­tance of fight­ing wildlife cy­ber­crime, and the Lib Dems and Greens want to in­crease penal­ties so wildlife crime does not pay. Pro­tec­tion for Bri­tish wildlife varies widely be­tween par­ties. If the Con­ser­va­tives win, the con­tro­ver­sial bad­ger cull may be ex­tended across the coun­try, while Labour and the Greens would aban­don it and the Lib­eral Democrats say they’ll look at the ev­i­dence from the pi­lot culls.

Labour and the Greens have pledged to pro­tect the hunt­ing ban, the SNP (while it doesn’t men­tion it in its man­i­festo) op­poses hunt­ing with dogs, while the Con­ser­va­tives want to ‘give Par­lia­ment the op­por­tu­nity to re­peal the Hunt­ing Act on a free vote’.

Of course, many in­di­vid­ual can­di­dates go fur­ther than their own par­ties in their sup­port for an­i­mal wel­fare, in­clud­ing an in­creas­ing num­ber of anti-hunt Tories.

Philip Mans­bridge

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