Labour wants to strengthen the rights of tenants to keep a pet in their properties as part of a package of proposed animal welfare measures.
Some rental agreements drawn up by landlords insist on no animals.
Tenants can seek permission to keep pets although Labour wants a default right for them to do so unless there is usually evidence their pet will be a nuisance.
various other Labour ideas include a ban on foie gras imports as well as an end to the export of live animals for slaughter.
The Conservatives said Labour were “belatedly playing catch-up” with their own recent announcements on animal welfare as well as some of its proposals would certainly not be possible if the UK adhered to EU rules after Brexit.
In recent months, Environment Secretary Michael Gove has proposed increasing maximum sentences for serious animal cruelty to all 5 years in jail as well as said a ban on pet shops as well as various other third parties selling puppies should be explored as part of a crackdown on unscrupulous breeders.
He has also published draft legislation which would certainly commit the government to treat animals as “sentient beings” when the idea makes future laws, following a political row over the issue at the end of last year.
Despite the flurry of activity via the government, Labour is usually insisting the idea remains “the party of animal welfare”, citing its backing for the 2005 hunting ban as well as past steps to tighten the rules on the transport of live animals.
The party is usually currently proposing to go further by prohibiting the live export of animals for slaughter or fattening as well as requiring all slaughterhouses to have CCTV installed.
The 50-point draft policy document – entitled Animal Welfare for the Many not the Few – also proposes:
- ending the badger cull
- closing “loopholes” which permit illegal fox hunting
- creating a brand-new zoo inspectorate to draw up revised standards
- expanding affordable vet care for owners on low incomes
- reviewing animal testing to focus on minimising suffering as well as ending avoidable tests
- obliging motorists to report incidents where animals are injured
- phasing in a ban on all fur imports
- banning intensive rearing of game birds for shooting
- protecting the marine environment around the UK through “blue belt” zone
Among the most eye-catching proposals is usually a plan to strengthen the right of tenants to have pets in their homes, which Labour said was a recognition of the growing number of people having to rent well into their 30s.
Under the 2015 Consumer Rights Act, a landlord can only refuse permission if the idea is usually reasonable to do so, for instance on grounds of the animal’s size, the damage the idea could cause as well as its impact on future rental prospects.
Under Labour’s plans, which the idea says the idea wants to discuss with landlords as well as tenant bodies, there would certainly need to be evidence of which the animal was a nuisance for permission to be refused.
The National Landlords Association said its members should possess the right to refuse tenants with pets as long as they justified their actions, including in cases where properties were simply not geared up for animals.
although the group’s chief executive Richard Lambert added of which “tenants who keep pets do tend to stay for longer periods of time, as well as there are a few simple steps of which landlords can take in order to mitigate the perceived increased risks” – including insisting on larger deposits.
Shelter said of which while the idea was often difficult for landlords to enforce conditions relating to pets, tenants were at greater risk of eviction if they were in breach of tenancy agreements.
Labour also envisages creating a brand-new post of animal welfare commissioner, to ensure government policy is usually continually abreast of the latest scientific evidence. of which would certainly also mean animal welfare is usually taken into consideration in trade deals after Brexit, as well as within the UK’s dealings with international bodies.
After the UK leaves the EU, Labour says future farming subsidies must reflect the need to outlaw bad environmental practice as well as move away via intensive rearing techniques.
“With brand-new trade deals on the horizon as well as the UK no longer subject to EU-wide rules on animal welfare, we want to ensure there is usually a comprehensive legislative agenda in place to ensure the UK becomes a world leader on animal rights,” said the party’s shadow environment secretary Sue Hayman.
“Our vision is usually one where no animal is usually made to suffer unnecessary pain as well as we continue to drive up standards as well as practice in line with the most recent advances as well as understanding”.
Responding for the Conservatives, MP Steve Double said “via introducing mandatory CCTV into slaughter houses to increasing the maximum sentence for animal cruelty ten-fold, the Conservatives will continue taking the action needed to ensure animals receive the proper protection they deserve.”
the idea emerged earlier of which month of which the government is usually considering its own ban on the export of live animals for slaughter, as well as will launch a consultation within the spring.
Theresa May, meanwhile, has ruled out a Commons vote on repealing the ban on hunting with dogs during the current Parliament, reversing a manifesto commitment for a free vote.