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Cast Your Vote for Better Animal Welfare


Your voice matters on December 12th.

On 12th December, the UK will be voting to elect a new government. It’s up to us to make sure that animal welfare is on the political agenda, especially now in this climate and environmental crisis.


FOUR PAWS UK has written to the leaders of all political parties, calling on them to introduce and support policies that will help to reduce animal suffering. Our manifesto outlines our full stance on this.


At FOUR PAWS UK we have reviewed the current party manifestos and highlighted the commitments each one is making to improve animal welfare in the UK. As a charity, we are neutral in party politics, but committed to keeping supporters informed about what each party has promised for animal welfare, so that you can, if you wish, take this into account when deciding how to vote.

Here is an overview of what the main UK-wide parties have so far committed to doing for animals. Where a commitment covers part of our proposals or makes closely-related statements without explicitly promising them, we are recording it as “Probably” or “Partly”, as appropriate.* 

Brexit Party
ConservativeGreenLabourLiberal Democrats
Recognise animal sentienceNoYesYesYesYes 
Increase sentencing for animal welfare offencesNoYesNoYesYes 
Strengthen animal welfare in Government Buying Standards and food procurement policyNoNoPartlyNoNo 
Support meat reductionNoNoYesNoNo 
End Live ExportsNoYesYesYesNo 
Prevent Low Welfare ImportsNoYesYesYesYes 
Trophy hunting import banNoYesNoYesParty 
Ban on commercial trade of tigersNoNoYesNoNo 
Ban on import and sale of furNoNoYesYesYes 
Ban primates as petsNoYesYesYesYes 
Make wildlife crime recordable & support NWCUNoNoNoPartlyYes 
End the badger cullNoNoNoYesPartly 
End wild animal interactions in captivityNoNoYesNoNo 
Strengthen the hunting actNoNoYesYesNo 
Make pet theft a specific offenceNoNoNoNoNo 
Support better regulation of the pet trade in the UKNoYesYesYesYes 

*Please note that we have not taken into account any past statements which have not made it into the manifestos and associated documents.

Animal Charity

Aaron Lax

Digital Communications Officer

Aaron works as part of the communications team at FOUR PAWS UK, supporting the social media, SEO, and digital content mediums to spread the message of animal welfare far and wide.

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