Votes For Animals March London 23rd April 2015
Hundred’s of people took to the streets on Thursday 23rd April for a march on Parliament that launched the ‘Votes for Animals’ campaign to highlight the importance of animal welfare issues in the General Election. The aim of the campaign is to help inform the public on where their local candidates stand on animal welfare issues including the conservatives pledged to repeal the hunting act and continue with the coalition’s badger cull policy. The campaign urges you to take this into consideration when voting.
The initiative is spearheaded by ethical cosmetic company Lush and backed by animal protection organisations League Against Cruel Sports, Animal Aid and Brian May's Common Decency organisation.
Brian May will lead the march to parliament along with other celebrity supporters, including actor Peter Egan and wildlife expert Bill Oddie. The Suffragette-themed march on Parliament will be followed by a political hustings chaired by Peter Egan, held at Lush’s new flagship store in London’s Oxford Street with participants from the major parties.
League Against Cruel Sports Chief Executive Joe Duckworth said: “Animal lovers who want a new government that’s committed to animal welfare should know where their local candidates stand on this issue when they cast their vote at the General Election.
Hilary Jones, Director of Ethics at Lush Cosmetics said, “Our ‘Votes for Animals’ campaign and website will help the general public find out more so they can make an informed choice.”
‘Votes for Animals’ echoes the powerful and effective votes for women campaign from the early 20th century. Over the next two weeks, the shop windows of every Lush store around the country will be featuring striking imagery to remind people to vote (ethically) with animals in mind. Lush staff will be engaging customers on animal welfare issues and directing them to their partner organisations to find out more. Hustings will also be taking place in towns across the UK so that residents can question their local candidates about where they stand on animal welfare.
Head of Campaigns at Animal Aid, Kate Fowler, says: “Not all politicians are the same, and party policies on animal welfare are particularly diverse. To animals in the wild, on farms, in laboratories and in our homes, it makes a very real difference which party comes to power. We are urging animal lovers to find out more, and vote for animals on May 7th.”
Specially-designed Lush bath bombs to support the campaign will be on sale until the end of May, with all revenue going towards supporting the three partner animal protection organisations. www.votesforanimals.co.uk
March on Parliament sets off from the brand new Lush flagship store 175-179 Oxford Street, London, W1 with celebrities and 100+ people. The suffragette-themed march on Parliament will include people in Edwardian-era dress wearing animal masks
The March arrives outside Parliament near George V statue opposite the Peers Entrance and speeches will be made by Brian May, Peter Egan and Bill Oddie
16.30 – 17.30pm
Political hustings chaired by actor Peter Egan, held at Lush Oxford Street with participants from the major parties including: Barry Gardiner, Labour candidate for Brent North and spokesperson for the environment and animal welfare, Baroness Kate Parminter of Godalming, Liberal Democrat spokesperson on DEFRA issues including animal welfare, Caroline Allen, Green Party spokesperson on animal welfare, Councillor Tom Bursnall (Royal Borough of Windsor), UKIP animal welfare spokesperson