Cheeky Blogging Award

Sorry I haven’t written anything for an entire month – I’ve moved house and been without internet.

I’m pretty chuffed to have been nominated for the Leibster Award! And I’m doubly flattered that the nomination came from a blogger I have a lot of respect for. So thanks, My Veggie Life, for the chance to take part in this.

To my nominees: please display the award, thank the nominee, nominate 10 more bloggers with 10 more questions.

If you could give your younger self some advice what would it be?

Stop eating meat sooner. There’s no need to live with that daily guilt.

What/who inspires you?

‘Green Philosophers’; those published, those blogging, and those who just live an ethical lifestyle.

What is the best day of your life?

It might possible be the day I went to the Harry Potter Tour…. Yeah, it might be that. :/

What are you most passionate about?

Wildlife and books.

What is the number one thing you wish all people would understand?

That there isn’t a good enough excuse to keep eating meat.

What makes you happy?

Reading, walking in the countryside, listening to BBC 6Music.

What makes you sad?

Goodbyes.

What’s your favorite food?

I’m really more into pudding….

What is the best way to get your beliefs across to people who seem resistant?

Logic? Reason? Nah, it’s celebrity endorsement.

How do you hope to make the world a better place before you die?

Doing as little harm as I possibly can.

Here are my nominees, in no particular order. I think you’re all great writers, and I enjoy reading your blogs.

Secular Vegan

Animal Blawg

Hold the Eggplant 

Leanne Eats Plants

Absofckingcrueltyfree

Stacie M Stark

greenmindvegheart

Armory of the Revolution 

Why? Because Science

Live Kind. Eat Kind. 

Here are your questions.

How do you keep motivated to blog?

If you could be reincarnated as an animal, what would you choose and why?

Why do you blog?

What’s your favourite blogging snack?

What do you want to be when you grow up? ;)

Where’s the most interesting place you’ve travelled to and why did you enjoy it?

What’s your favourite book?

How would you describe yourself?

What do you identify as politically?

Would we get on well in real life? 

Have fun!

Who’s Looking Out For Animals In This Election?

* Guest blog post from Politics student James Craske *

Animal Rights. Where do the parties stand?

Human concern for animal welfare stretches back a long way. Despite the regular news of animal abuse, we have come a long way from the prevailing attitude of the Ancient Greeks that animals do not possess reason, to the recent court ruling that temporarily granted chimpanzees legal rights to personhood. Throughout the 20th century, activists have made gains in ensuring that animal health and welfare now finds itself a place in all the major political parties’ manifestos.

But what pledges have they made this coming 2015 general election?

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Labour Party

The last Labour government oversaw the first Hunting Act in 2004, which outlawed the hunting of wild mammals with dogs, and introduced the Animal Welfare Act 2006, the first review of pet laws for 94 years. Speaking in February, Ed Miliband stated that:

‘Labour values tell us that we have a moral duty to treat the animals we share our planet with in a humane and compassionate way’.

In continuing the work set about by the previous Labour government, the party has pledged to end the badger cull, defend the 2004 Hunting Act and ban wild animals from being exploited in circuses.

Conservative Party

David Cameron has said a Conservative government would remain committed to offering a free vote to MP’s to repeal the Hunting Act introduced by Labour in 2004 if they are given another term in government. However, a group of Conservative back-benchers are intending to resist this repeal; the Conservatives Against Fox Hunting have worked stoically since 2011 to make sure that the Hunting Act and other reforms have not been overturned. Moreover, they have doggedly criticised the government’s continuing badger cull.

Liberal Democrats

The Liberal Democrats have made a number of pre-manifesto claims to ‘ensure farming support is concentrated on sustainable food productions’. Their commitments extend to improving farm animal welfare and to reducing the use of animals in scientific research by funding research into viable alternatives. Importantly, they differ from the current Environment Secretary Liz Truss, in saying they would only support extending the current cull on badgers if they have shown to be effective, humane and safe.

Green Party

The Greens have made bold and consistent moves to put animal welfare at the top of their agenda. They go further than any other party in outlining a larger vision for society by stating the need to

‘foster understanding of our inter-relationship in the web of life and protect and promote natural habitat,’

and thus halting the destruction of the estimated 30,000 species we are currently losing each year. The Green Party have made commitments to end factory farming, including a ban on battery hens for eggs, preventing animals from being used for medical experiments, and ending the controversial badger cull. A fuller picture of the Green’s Commitments to animal protection can be found in their 2014 Animal Protection Manifesto. 

UKIP

UKIP have said they would scrap Green targets made by both the UK and the EU. On domestic issues, the party recently stated that they would be the first party to call for a complete ban on halal meat. The party maintains that this pledge is not being intended to stir up racial division, but rather to act on the conviction that the ethical treatment of animals comes before religious practice. However, UKIP’s animal welfare policy seems to be inconsistent and contains a number of contradictions, including the promise to re-instate fox-hunting. Furthermore, within Europe UKIP has voted against a crack-down on the illegal ivory trade, and, as the New Statesman recently reported, UKIP MEP Roger Helmer has claimed that dumb seal cubs deserved to be killed.