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Proposed seal-hunt ban "unworkable"

seal pupA proposed European-Commission ban on seal-products traded within or into the Union has been criticised as unworkable by the Parliament's own rapporteur on the issue, who warns that "a ban with a huge hole in it" risks exempting entire countries. Animals Count strongly opposes all seal-hunting, and does not support claims that killing seals is a necessity for the Inuits and others. We urge the EU to vote for a blanket ban on such unnecessary barbarism.

25 January 2009READ MORE

Animals Count nominated for Vegan Environmental Awards 009!

Election volunteersWe are thrilled to announce that Animals Count has been nominated in the annual Vegan Environmental Awards 009 as ‘Best Vegan Small Campaign Group’! This nomination is a welcome recognition of all the hard work Animals Count supporters have put in during the past two years. To vote for us, go to: Vegan Environmental Awards, scroll down; then tick the box for Animals Count. Thank you!

22 January 2009

Join an Animals Count walk to raise funds for the European Elections

Chuck under Animals Count bannerOn Sunday 8th February Animals Count supporters will be participating in sponsored walks in London and elsewhere in the UK to raise much-needed funds for the 4th June European Parliamentary (EP) elections. The deposit to contest one region is £5,000. So far, we have raised several thousand pounds but need a couple of thousand pounds more to be able to contest and campaign.

Get walking or sponsor someone else. Contact us for more information and ways to help.

15 January 2009READ MORE

TV chef Jamie Oliver campaigns for pig-welfare

piglet on high-welfare farmThe British public is ignorant of the suffering of many of the pigs whose flesh ends up on their plates, according to TV chef Jamie Oliver, who, along with the RSPCA, is to call for tougher EU minimum welfare standards and more accurate labelling. Animals Count strongly supports the demand, but agrees with Animal Aid that, considering the still-"appalling" conditions on English pig farms, the best course of action is to boycott pork altogether.

15 January 2009READ MORE

Support the 'Strengthen the Hunting Act' campaign

Strengthen the ActProtect Our Wild Animals (POWA) has launched a campaign to do something about the much-flouted Hunting Act. Reform, rather than repeal (which the Tories are keen on) is needed, and an Early Day Motion (EDM 122) has been tabled to call for a revision of the Act. Rob Whitehall published a letter on behalf of Animals Count in the Independent today, illustrating that the current Hunting Act is not working.

13 January 2009READ MORE

Food labelling, pig welfare and the environment

Supermarket minced meat © WSPAOn Tuesday Environment Secretary Hilary Benn called on supermarkets to label food products more clearly. He said it was nonsense that under current European regulations, Danish pork can be labelled as a British product. In-depth feature articles about poor animal welfare in intensive pig farming published the same day, demonstrated the need to ban misleading labels. Animals Count believes labelling should be made compulsory.

10 January 2009READ MORE

Italian animal rights activists ready for 2009 European elections

Italian Animal Rights PartyItalian animal rights activists are getting ready for the June 2009 European Parliament elections. In order to increase the chance of gaining a seat, a new coalition has been created between the Italian Animal Rights Party (Partito Animalista Italiano) and the Italian Environmentalists and Eurosceptics. Animals Count welcomes this news, and we hope that every country in Europe, and ideally in the world, will one day have a party devoted entirely to animal issues.

10 January 2009READ MORE

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