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Election 2015: Votes for Animals

In the UK we get one chance every five years to vote for who we wish to run our country.

Every citizen can read manifestos and listen to the debates then choose who is going to best represent their own personal set of circumstances and world view.  The decisions governments make affect every aspect of our education, our health and our working lives.   Who runs this country matters in real, practical ways!

Some, like Russell Brand, feel that this one vote is not enough; that the interests of the people are not really represented by government and election promises are broken once in power.

Imagine then if you had no vote at all.

Imagine a life where others choose the conditions you live in, the ways you can be used and even control how you die – yet you have no power to affect these decisions and no voice to speak up.  This is the reality for animals in the UK.

The lives of domestic pets, farm animals, wildlife and the millions of animals in research laboratories are dictated by decisions made by government.  The government that we choose for them!

If you care about animals, then please remember them at election time. 

Remind your candidate that they represent a huge non-voting constituency of living, feeling creatures who rely on them.  Question your candidate on their animal policies, let them know that animal issues matter to you as a voter.

Make your vote count for animals.

To find out what animal advocacy groups think of the issues at this election, please follow these links:

Common Decency

The League Against Cruel Sports

Animal Aid

 

Credit: With thanks to Steve and Marianne Wintercroft  for designing the masks featured in our Votes For Animals campaign. 

Lush Vote For Animals

The lives of domestic pets, farm animals, wildlife and the millions of animals in research laboratories are dictated by decisions made by government. The government that we choose for them!

Comments (12)
12 Comments

lauramarsh03

about 3 years ago

No offence, but I'm 12 and my brother is the only in the family who votes conservatives. And in response to qerkycrafts, labour left this country in mounds of debt and the conservatives are gradually getting us out of debt. So you are obviously thinking in the past. The thatcher era. But sadly, times have changed. And so has politics

heavenlybaths

about 3 years ago

Not to be rude I'm 13 and Labour left the country in £170.8 billion in debt the Conservatives have made it into £280+ Billion explain that.

qerkycrafts

about 3 years ago

At this election the only chance of guaranteeing the environment gets a voice is to vote Labour and get rid of the current government. They have environmental ideals that will ensure the safety of animals, and the ability and proven record to hold government.

lauramarsh03

about 3 years ago

No offence. But you are living in the past, you need to realise that thatcher has gone. Labour left this country in mounds of debt,and gradually, David Cameron is getting us out of it.

qerkycrafts

about 3 years ago

If the top predictor and it's family are healthy, well fed and housed. They cause less damage to their environment and other animals. Vote for the welfare of people in this country, and they will be happy to follow down an environmental path considering the more vulnerable members of our planet.

ninaellenrooney

about 3 years ago

I have read all the manifestos and I can't find anything on animals I would normally vote labour but do you have any indication of which party has which animal aims ? Bar the tories like id ever vote for them.

laurajosephine27

about 3 years ago

As much as I think it's great that you're supporting and campaigning for animals rights I can't get my head around how statements like: "Imagine a life where others choose the conditions you live in, the ways you can be used and even control how you die – yet you have no power to affect these decisions and no voice to speak up. This is the reality for animals in the UK" can be made when you use animal products in a lot of the things you make? I'm genuinely interested in opinion on this.

KathrynHindess_2

about 3 years ago

Thank you for your comment. At the start of Lush, it was decided to run the company along vegetarian principles, using only vegetarian ingredients that have not been animal tested by us or our ingredients suppliers.

When we do use animal ingredients, we source our suppliers carefully. We think this engagement should be something which filters into our political voting too. In the general election we, through our choices of politicians, will have a tangible effect on the lives of domestic pets, farm animals, wildlife and millions of animals in research laboratories. It’s for this reason that we are calling on the public to find out what their MP is doing to further the cause, particularly with reference to the five political asks that can be found at http://voteforanimals.org.uk/our-5-political-asks/.

craftymarilyn

about 3 years ago

I congratulate you for publicizing the "Vote For Animals" movement. I am Canadian so cannot vote, but I truly hope that British citizens vote in people who care about animals instead of slaughtering them.

KathrynHindess_2

about 3 years ago

Thank you for your comment. We agree. The march had a great public response on the way round with loads of people stopping to encourage and support the cause... so here's hoping!

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