Please forward this to all your U.K. resident friends who can vote in our General Election tomorrow.
I have an e-mail from the conservative candidtate in our constituency - Stroud, Neil Carmichael. My e-mail to him and his reply are below.
Sent: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 2:27 PM
Subject: Vote Cruelty Free
Dear Neil Carmichael
I am writing to ask you to pledge your support for Vote Cruelty Free.
Vote Cruelty Free is a new non-partisan, coalition of non-governmental organisations working together to ensure the political process reflects public concern for animal protection.
Its members are the BUAV, Compassion in World Farming, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and Respect for Animals. Vote Cruelty Free covers a broad range of animal welfare issues including wild and marine animals, animal experimentation, cruel sports, the fur trade and farming.
Vote Cruelty Free believes that bringing the animal protection movement together and working directly with candidates and elected officials is an effective way to achieve positive change for animals in the political arena.
You should have received a Vote Cruelty Free manifesto by post which gives more detail about the campaign. Please go to www.votecrueltyfree.org and pledge your support for animal protection.
Thank you for your email.
Conservatives are strongly committed to raising animal welfare standards in the UK and internationally. We established the Farm Animal Welfare Council, an independent advisory body which reviews the welfare of farm animals and advises Government of changes necessary. We called for the Animal Welfare Act, worked hard to improve the legislation, and now believe the legislation must be properly enforced. We support a ban on conventional battery cages for laying hens and will work within the EU and internationally to achieve common agreement on further measures to improve animal welfare. We are concerned by the upward trend in the use of animals in scientific procedures, and support the concept of the ‘three R’s’ of refinement, reduction and replacement – to replace animals in research with non-animal alternatives, reduce the number of animals in experiments and refine procedures to minimise suffering. There should be an end to animal testing on household products. Conservatives will give Parliament the opportunity to repeal the Hunting Act, on a free vote, with a government bill in government time.
The highlights are mine -amongst the waffle this Tory candidate writes that a Conservative Govt. will give up official govt. time to an attempty to bring back huinting with dogs - that's fox hunting, stag hunting, hare coursing... and all the horror that entails.
Please check out the Save-me.org website - it's run by Brian May, you might recall him as the guitarist with Queen. He's a sound chap and determined to fight against the re-introduction of legal bloodsports into Britain.
A vote for the Conservatives tomorrow, or a vote which might be in line with your conscience - Green Party or LibDem - in a constituency where it splits the vote against the Tories, will let Cameron's lot in with dire consequences for our wildlife.
All the best to you all, I'm a bit busy today and tomorrow!