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The UK Labour Party launched an ‘Animal Welfare Manifesto’ this week – which promised a raft of protections for animals should the party get into power.

The 50-point manifesto includes proposals to ban lobsters from being boiled alive, to stop imports of foie gras, and a long-term objective to phase out animal testing entirely among others.

In addition, the opposition party pledged to appoint an animal welfare commissioner, who would focus on enforcing welfare standards in new legislation and post-Brexit deals.

‘Bring animal welfare into the 21st century’

Shadow environment secretary, Sue Hayman, announced the manifesto, saying the party wants to ‘bring Britain’s animal welfare policy into the 21st century’.

“From bringing forward the landmark Hunting Act to protecting the treatment of domestic animals under the Animal Welfare Act, Labour has always placed the welfare of animals high on the policy agenda,” she added.

“Labour will ensure that we have a comprehensive legislative agenda in place to make sure that the UK has animal rights protections equal to or better than anywhere in the world.”

Maria Chiorando

Maria is a news and features writer for Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle. She was previously the editor of Plant Based News for over 3 years.