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Labour promise to “reduce animal cruelty on shooting estates”

On the 10th anniversary of the implementation of its Hunting Act, the Labour Party has today launched a pledge to “reduce animal cruelty on shooting estates” as one of six key general election animal welfare policies.

Party leader Ed Miliband said: “Our 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. No other major political party has such a proven track record of decisive action for animals at home, on farms and in the wild.”

Unveiling the pledges in a document entitled “Labour Protecting Animals”, shadow environment secretary Maria Eagle said: “The last Labour government achieved much to end the cruel and unnecessary suffering of animals: the banning of hunting with dogs, securing an end to cosmetic testing on animals, banning fur farming and introducing the Animal Welfare Act.