What Labour achieved lest we forget: animal welfare

Politics and Insights


I have often said that a person’s attitude towards animals is a pretty good indication of their attitude towards people, too. Valuing and respecting the right to life, and ensuring freedom from cruelty and abuse for all living beings is a fundamental starting point for a civilised society.

We know that the Labour Party’s track record on Human Rights is excellent: they brought us the Human Rights Act in 1998, and the Equality Act in 2010.

The Labour Party also have an excellent record of promoting animal rights and creating animal welfare law.

Here is a list of those achievements:

  1. Labour banned experiments in the UK on great apes (chimpanzees, orangutans and gorillas) in 1997.
  2. The Home Office stopped giving licences to test finished cosmetic products on animals in 1998.
  3. Established the National Centre for the Replacement, Reduction and Refinement of Animals in Research, this provides research into alternatives to animal testing.
  4. Banned…

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