Labour’s promise on the natural environment

Put in place a 25 year plan for the recovery of nature, with clear five year milestones to measure progress
Give local communities the tools they need to protect and improve nature and support changes to the Common Agriculture Policy to do more to protect the environment
End the badger cull: we need an evidence-based approach to bovine TB to tackle this devastating disease
Empower local government to act on air pollution
Ban wild animals in circuses
Review the inadequate regulations on the sale of puppies and kittens
End the illegal persecution of birds of prey, such as the hen harrier
Prevent non-target animals getting trapped in snares
Ensure the humane treatment of game birds
Defend the Hunting Act

Labour’s record:

• Introduced the first National Parks in 1949
• Introduced the Right To Roam in 2000 giving a new right of access on foot to areas of open land (mountain, moorland, heath, downland, common land)
• Introduced first the Marine Act in 1999 to create “a new system of marine management” and make provision for the establishment of an English and Welsh coastal walking route
• Commissioned the UK’s National Ecosystem Assessment (2009-11) which established that 30 per cent of the UK’s ecosystems are in decline and many others are only just holding their own against an increasingly hostile background of rising population, consumption and pollution
• The Hunting Act 2004 was a hard fought, necessary piece of legislation and it remains one of the proudest achievements of the last Labour government to consign the cruel sport of fox hunting to the dustbin of history where it belongs
• Ended the cosmetic testing of animals
• Banned fur farming
• Introduced the Animal Welfare Act 2006

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