This Thursday at 5:30pm, a campaign coalition of the UK’s leading animal welfare organisations will host a virtual hustings for the 2021 Scottish elections. Strengthening of the regulation and enforcement of welfare standards in the pet trade, a ban on the use of snares and a ban on the use of farrowing crates are expected to be on the agenda after a recent survey revealed that these are issues that Scots feel strongly about.
According to the survey, Scottish voters are calling on the incoming parliament to do more to protect animals from cruelty and suffering.. The national opinion poll, carried out by YouGov on behalf of the More for Scotland’s Animals coalition of animal welfare charities, also addressed the live export trade, salmon farming, fox hunting, electric shock collars, the inclusion of animal welfare on the Scottish national curriculum and pets in rented properties.
Spokespersons from Scottish Conservative Party, Scottish Green Party, Scottish Labour Party, Scottish Liberal Democrat Party and the Scottish National Party will be in attendance to lay out their policies for improving animal welfare in Scotland and answer questions from attendees.
The candidates running for the Scottish elections that are taking part in the hustings are:
- Maurice Golden (Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party)
- Alison Johnstone (Scottish Green Party)
- Ben Macpherson (SNP)
- Molly Nolan (Scottish Liberal Democrats)
- Colin Smyth (Scottish Labour)
The Hustings will be chaired by Kirsteen Campbell, Chief Executive of the Scottish SPCA. To learn more about the political parties’ commitments to animal welfare and/or to have the chance to question MSP candidates on an animal welfare concern, register here.
More for Scotland’s Animals
The More for Scotland’s Animals campaign coalition (MFSA) aims to raise the profile of animal welfare in Scotland and amongst MSPs ahead of the Scottish Parliamentary elections. The event is run jointly by the More for Scotland’s Animals partners: Battersea Dog & Cats Home, Blue Cross, Cats Protection, Compassion in World Farming, Dogs Trust, Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home, League Against Cruel Sports, OneKind, PDSA, Scottish SPCA, UK Centre for Animal Law (A-law).