If we want to raise children who believe newts are worth more than designer trainers, we have to start early. Adults who go hunting and shooting innocent animals to be photographed with them, usually do this because they have been led to believe not to have empathy with other creatures, from a young age. Nearly 100% of serial killers have a history of animal abuse. Also read up on improving our animal welfare laws and ending live animal transport forever.
Animal Welfare Party is a party inspired by Party for the Animals in The Netherlands. Elsewhere, similar parties in Australia and Canada have created huge change to national policy, just by having a few councillors or MPs. You can find more European animal welfare parties at Euro Animal 7. Start or sign petitions for better animal welfare at Change (worldwide) and/or 38 Degrees (UK).
Eurogroup for Animals is a pan-European animal advocacy organisation, to improve the welbeing of all species via better legislation, standards, enforcement and society attitudes, through a united community of animal protection organisations. Present campaigns including banning circuses, helping sanctuaries and rescue centres affected by COVID, improving animal welfare legislation and ensuring the no-animal test law remains (there are some chemical companies trying to reverse it).
George Ansell (who ran the US version of the RSPCA 100 years ago), was asked why he focused on stopping animal abuse, when there is so much cruelty to man. He answered, ‘I am working at the roots’.
Greens have a pretty good policy. Don’t worry if they don’t get as many votes – you can make a huge difference by voting for local councillors, as they have traction in getting plant meals into local shops, schools etc. They have good all-round policies on animal welfare and their leader Caroline Lucas was partly responsible for banning seal fur when an MEP (she is vegetarian and ‘trying as hard as she can to go vegan!’)
Let’s not get into party politics here, and instead link to the animal welfare division of each of the main parties, so whoever you support, you can find others who feel the same: Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation and Labour Animal Welfare Society.
At the last election, Boris Johnson won a landscape victory, which left the Labour party (and country) in shock, as they were expected to at least have a battle. Labour claims it’s the party of animal welfare (it’s not and has a shocking track record considering they have been in government for many years over the last couple of decades). However, its animal welfare manifesto for the last election was pretty good, and is worth reading as a blueprint of what’s possible, if any party were to get elected again on this subject. It’s not perfect, but pretty progressive, and could have sent us into a new era of how animals are treated in society.
The late Janez Drnovšek was the world’s vegan President (of Slovenia). He went plant-based for health reasons, but these soon morphed into other reasons too. Author of several books, he lived in the woods with his dog, rather than the Presidential Palace, and lived off organic fruits and veggies, and baked his own bread. Unfortunately it was not enough to stop the aggressive cancer that claimed his life, age just 57. He horrified his peers when using the palace to hold campaigns on the gentle treatment of animals and the planet, and to be against the consumerism mindset and wasteful common agriculture policy.
Saving Animals: A Future Activist’s Guide is a guide for anyone age 7 to 17 to animal and environmentalism activism (peaceful ways to create change). The book covers all aspects of animal protection – from pets to farm animals to wildlife), plus how to make the world a better place for animals including vegan outreach, animal advocacy and volunteering. Whatever your personality, skills or age, you’ll find something to inspire.
You’ll learn why animal protection is vital for all living beings and our planet, and find over 2 dozen interviews and stories with young activists (from 7 to 22) who are doing amazing things, to help create a kinder world. Catherine Kelaher was raised in England and now lives in Australia, where she is founder of a charity that rescues and re-homes animals from factory farms.