Animal Welfare


Alliance has always prioritised animal welfare and sought to tackle cruelty against animals. People who show such brutality are not only a danger to the animals involved, but potentially to our society as a whole. Our priorities include:

  • A UK-wide ban on the use of wild animals in circuses.
  • Phasing out the use of caged systems in farming and banning the building of any new caged systems on UK farms.
  • Improving food labelling and traceability in relation to welfare standards.
  • Mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses.
  • Ending the overuse of antibiotics in farming.
  • Supporting the extension of the 2004 Hunting Act to Northern Ireland and opposition to any attempts to repeal it in Westminster.
  • Using the UK’s global influence to end ‘trophy hunting’ and the trade of illegal animal products.
  • Outlawing the use of snares.
  • Opposing the live export of animals and fattening for slaughter.
  • Better regulation of the sale of puppies and kittens, especially when sold on the internet or in pet shops.
  • Working to reduce and better regulate necessary animal testing and invest in developing alternative scientific methods and practices.
  • Bringing the rest of the UK into line with Northern Ireland’s enhanced sentencing for animal cruelty, introduced by Alliance Minister David Ford.