The Labour animal welfare plan is a pretty good document. It is open for consultation until the end of the month – please send in some comments – I have!
I welcomed the plan – which includes some conservation measures as well as primarily welfare measures. That’s good. But Labour does need a nature conservation policy as well as an animal welfare policy. They are needed to stop the bleeding away of votes to the LibDems and Greens in some of those rural marginals which Labour needs to win if it is to become a government. The last general election involved the Tories gifting Labour the environment and animal welfare as free issues and votes for nothing. That won’t happen again.
But even if there weren’t votes in these issues, which I believe there are, if Labour is to govern then it had better get its act together now.
One suggestion I made would be to include a ban of driven grouse shooting in its manifesto. But at this stage I would suggest that highlighting the need for a Labour view on nature is more important than attempting to decide what that view should be.