Electoral candidates set out their animal pledges at Lush hustings

A team from Lush in Milton Keynes attended the Votes for Animals march to parliament on April 23. PNL-150428-155142001
A team from Lush in Milton Keynes attended the Votes for Animals march to parliament on April 23. PNL-150428-155142001

Electoral candidates for Milton Keynes said what they would do for animals at an election hustings held at Lush in thecentre:mk on Sunday.

The store welcomed David Reilly from UKIP, Andrew Pakes from Labour, Jennifer Marklew and Samantha Pancheri from the Green Party and Paul Graham from the Liberal Democrats where they were questioned on a number of subjects including fox hunting, greyhound racing, animal testing labs, CCTV in slaughter houses and dog fighting.

One of the questions asked was whether any of the parties had policies addressing the rising issue of dog fighting in MK.

Mr Pakes said he understood the need for systems to be put in place to investigate dog fighting and solve the issue while Mr Reilly said he believed in enforcing the existing laws.

To a question on whether animal welfare should take precedence over religious beliefs, Mrs Pancheri said halal and kosher meat should be clearly labelled while Mr Graham said he believed religious beliefs should not take precedence over animal welfare and halal/kosher meat should not be exempt from the law on pre-stunning.

Until May 7, Lush will be running its Votes for Animals campaign.

Heather Allford, from Lush Milton Keynes said: “It is the legislation elected politicians choose to pass that provides animals with protection from harm, abuse and misuse.

“So although they can’t vote, the actions and attitude of who is in Westminster makes a real difference to animals in the wild, on farms, in laboratories and in our homes. With this campaign we are asking our customers to consider their vote with animals in mind. We ask them to question their candidate’s stance on animal protection issues – let them know these issues are important to you as a voter.”

Eight of the team from Lush went to the Votes For Animals march to Parliament on April 23, lead by Brian May, to support the campaign.