The BUAV is gearing up for another busy conference season as we take our campaigns to five key political party conferences over the coming weeks.
The conferences kick off this week in Brighton, where BUAV Chief Executive, Michelle Thew will speak at a Green Party fringe meeting. Michelle will talk to delegates about our successes this year and steps to achieve a world without animal experiments. In October, Michelle will also address the Labour Animal Welfare Society fringe meeting at the Labour Party Conference.
At the Liberal Democrat conference in Glasgow Dr Nick Palmer, our Director of Policy, will be speaking at a BUAV fringe meeting. Together with Robin McGhee from the Young Liberals, they will be discussing the next steps for Liberal Democrat policy on the animal testing issue in the run up to the 2015 election.
The BUAV will also have exhibition stands at the Labour, Conservative and UKIP conferences which are taking place in Brighton, Manchester and London.
All of these events provide a great opportunity to showcase the work of the BUAV over the past 12 months and to discuss our current campaigns. At these conferences we will be meeting and talking with MPs, MEPs, local Councillors and party members to discuss the BUAV campaigns, in particular:
Our international work on cosmetics testing through our sister organisation Cruelty Free International
We will be asking MPs to sign EDM 442 which asks the Government to uphold its pledge to reduce animal experiments, and also our new EDM on the use of cats and dogs in research. In addition, we will ask parliamentary candidates to show their support for animals in laboratories by signing up to the BUAV’s six steps to begin the work of ending animal experiments.
The BUAV ‘Broken Promises’ campaign was launched to hold the Government to account for the two pledges relating to animal experiments made in the Programme for Government. As the parties discuss policy positions ahead of the 2015 election we will continue to push hard for the best deal for animals in laboratories.
Please contact your local MP and ask them to visit the BUAV Policy team at their party conference to find out how they can make a difference to the millions of animals experimented on each year in laboratories.