On may 8th Scotland woke up to a very different political landscape. Different that is in the dominant party.
This has been touted as a defining moment, a sea-change, a revolution even. My friends say I'm a cynic but I'm not convinced.
I'll stick to the Scottish situation as that's where my experience lies and I don't want to patronise my English, Welsh or Cornish comrades who will no doubt know the lay of the land there better than me. We've seen politicians come and go with promises to change the world. This is often very quickly forgotten once they realise that to keep their careers, lavish expenses and salaries far beyond the reaches of most Scottish Citizens (no, we'll never be subjects even though it says it on our passports) they need to keep their heads down and toe the line.
With regards to the parties and animals rights/ welfare you couldn't get a fag paper between them policy wise. All display varying degrees of "we'd love to help but we can't as it would cost jobs/ upset religious groups/ cause your granny to die of cancer/ spark the breakdown of society (delete as applicable).".
Another factor that's neglected is the power of the Civil Service. These unelected individuals effectively frame government policy and it doesn't matter who you vote in, they'll still be advised by the same Civil Servants.
There are Civil Servants, MSPs, MP's, Councillors and elected Community Representatives across Scotland with integrity and honour. Because of the current situation where officials prefer to deal with crooked, 'animal welfare' organisations who have been counting their substantial salaries over the corpses of dead, brutalised animals for years many politicians genuinely don't know that they're being conned.
What we need is real political change. From top to bottom it's broken and needs stripped and rebuilt. If you voted last Thursday join that party and change it from the inside. If you didn't get active and start contacting your representatives, takes 5 minutes here: https://www.writetothem.com/
To the newly elected MPs and sitting political reps of all stripes? Let's work together and build a new Scotland for humans and non-humans.
Scotland for Animals aren't the neds/ thugs/ degenerates/ malcontents (again, delete as applicable) that a small but very powerful alliance of industry, bent animal groups and the officially corrupt would lead you to believe.
do remember that this is party policies, but some individual candidates have
their own animal welfare commitments so please do ask the candidates in your
own region what they would do if elected. On balance SfA recommends supporters
to vote for individual candidates on merit of their commitment to overhauling
legislation to protect animals.
Please note nothing below is an endorsement,
support nor recommendation to vote for any parties mentioned. Information is
purely presented on the strength of animal welfare policy.
has by far the lengthiest and most detailed plans. They also focus on 2
subjects SFA is working on - CCTV in abattoirs and unstunned slaughter. If they
would follow this up if elected though is anybody's guess.
worst is Scottish Labour - they give no mention to animals.
The Scottish Greens have the second worse manifesto for animals.
policy is very vague. It claims as evidence of it's commitment to animal
welfare how it has worked hard to “consider” better protection for animals at
for example time of slaughter. No mention is given to what they actually stand
for or will bring into law however.
Conservatives – The party specifically mentions that it will support slaughter
without stunning and bloodsports.
We will support our
fishing and coastal communities
We will defend our
hard-won Common Fisheries Policy reforms, which include ending the scandalous
practice of discarding perfectly edible fish and reforming the quota system so
that all at-risk species will be fished sustainably by the end of the next
Parliament. We will continue to devolve the management of North Sea fisheries
to local communities, and rebalance the UK’s inland water quotas to smaller,
specific locally-based fishing communities.
We will support
We will protect
countryside pursuits including fishing, for all the benefits to individuals,
the environment and the rural economy that these activities bring. We will
oppose the SNP's proposals to bring back rural sporting rates which could
threaten hundreds of rural jobs.
We will protect animal
The quality of the food
on your plate, and the economic security of our farmers, depend on us upholding
the highest standards of animal welfare. We will push for high animal welfare
standards to be incorporated into international trade agreements and into
reform of the Common Agricultural Policy. We will ban wild animals in circuses
and press for all EU member states to ensure that animals are only sent to
slaughterhouses that meet high welfare standards. We will encourage other
countries to follow the EU’s lead in banning animal testing for cosmetics and
work to accelerate the global development and take-up of alternatives to animal
testing where appropriate. We want people to integrate fully into British
society, but that does not mean they should have to give up the things they
hold dear in their religion. So while we will always make sure the Food
Standards Agency properly regulates the slaughter of livestock and poultry, we
will protect methods of religious slaughter, such as shechita and halal.
We will tackle
international wildlife trade
As hosts of the London
Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade, we helped secure the adoption of the
London Declaration on Illegal Wildlife Trade and will continue to lead the
world in stopping the poaching that kills thousands of rhinos, elephants and
tigers each year. We will oppose any resumption of commercial whaling, and seek
further measures at the EU and internationally to end shark-finning. We will
promote effective worldwide measures for tuna conservation, press for a total
ban on ivory sales, and support the Indian Government in its efforts to protect
the Asian elephant. We will press for full ‘endangered species’ status for
polar bears and a ban on the international trade in polar bear skins, as well
as for greater attention to be paid to the impact of climate change on wildlife
and habitats in Polar Regions in the Arctic Council and other international
THE SCOTTISH GREENS
will ensure our most important wildlife sites are given proper protection from
development, encourage restoration of habitats that help us manage land and
will direct European funding for agriculture and fishing to support sustainable
land management and long-term fish stock recovery.
SCOTTISH LABOUR PARTY
There is no mention of
Democrats believe in the highest standards of animal welfare. We will review
the rules surrounding the sale of pets to ensure they support responsible
breeding and sales and minimise the use of animals in scientific
experimentation, including by funding research into alternatives. We remain
committed to the three Rs of humane animal
research: Replace, Reduce, Refine.
implement reforms of the Common Fisheries Policy, working with industry and
others to develop a national plan for sustainable UK fisheries …
SNP SCOTTISH NATIONAL
Work to ensure the
discard ban is workable for our fishing fleet
While responsibility for
animal welfare is devolved to the Scottish Parliament –and the SNP in
government is already working to improve the conditions of kept animals, including
consultations on responsible dog ownership and wild animals in travelling
circuses, and giving consideration to further protection at slaughter, the
registration or licensing of horse establishments and a review of tail docking
in working dogs - at Westminster we will support further animal welfare
measures with a global focus. This includes action to end the illegal ivory
trade and protect species such as polar bears and bluefin tuna.
We are engaging with the
industry on our review of fish quota management. We want to ensure quotas are
managed in the common interest, so that active fishermen have access to the
quota that they need, rather than seeing them concentrated in the hands of
those with the deepest pockets. We will continue to work to ensure the discard
ban is implemented in a way that does not damage the viability of the fleet and
is workable for our fishermen. Sensible implementation will deliver benefits
for the fleet and consumers as we end the practice of dumping perfectly good
fish back into the sea.
Food labelling will come
back under the control of the Westminster Parliament when we leave the EU. Then
we can insist animal products are labelled to show the country of origin,
method of production and transport and whether the animal was stunned before
slaughter, together with any information concerning hormones and GM products.
We believe strongly that customers have the right to see this information.
Animal Health and
We can only regain
control of animal health and welfare by leaving the EU. UKIP takes both issues
seriously and we will:
• Triple the maximum
jail sentences for animal cruelty and torture
• Impose lifetime bans
on owning and/or looking after animals on any individual or company convicted of
animal cruelty or torture
• Keep the ban on animal
testing for cosmetics
• Challenge companies
using animals for testing drugs or other medical treatments on the necessity
for this form of testing, as opposed to the use of alternative technology
• Tightly regulate
• Ban the export of live
animals for slaughter
• Insist on formal
non-stun training and certification for all religious slaughtermen to ensure
the highest standards are adhered to
• Install CCTV in every
abattoir, monitored by the Meat Hygiene Service, and deal severely with any
• Remove unnecessary EU
restrictions that make small, local abattoirs unviable
We will also prepare for
the possibility of disease outbreaks (including those) caused by imports. We
cannot expect our farmers to bear the full brunt of any such outbreaks, but we
will encourage them to introduce testing programmes and invest in insurance
schemes to deal with potential outbreaks, as the poultry sector has done with
the salmonella testing programme and associated insurance scheme.
Britain’s seas should be
the jewel in her crown, but we surrendered these priceless family treasures
when we joined the then EEC 1973 and our territorial waters were merged into
one giant European fishery. The UK has
almost 70 per cent of Europe’s fishing grounds but only 13 per cent percent of
its fishing quota. So, we must import fish species such as cod, haddock and
huss that our own fishermen are forced to throw overboard – usually dead -
because of EU rules. The EU itself estimates 40 per cent of all fish caught are
discarded, so as much as two million tons of perfectly edible fish are wasted
every year. The EU’s proposed discard ban will not fix this problem, just move
Worse, while preaching ‘conservation,’
the EU allows industrial fishing techniques such as electric pulse trawling,
which destroys marine life and disturbs the ecological balance of our
seascapes. We can only replenish Britain’s bounty of fish and restore our
fishing industry if we leave the EU and withdraw from the CFP. Then we can:
• Establish a 12-mile
zone around our coastline for UK fishermen and a 200-mile exclusive economic
zone under UK control, as is our right under international law
• Reverse the rapid
decline in our fishing industry and return £2.5 billion a year in fish sales to
• Enforce ‘no-take’
zones to aid spawning and replenish fish stocks
• Protect our coastal
eco system by ending destructive industrial fishing practices
• End the slaughter of dolphins
by banning pair trawler fishing for bass
• Work with our
fishermen to solve discard and landing issues
• Reverse any EU-wide
drift-net ban in British waters
• Issue permits for
foreign trawlers once fish stocks have returned to sustainable levels.
Fishing Boats Under 10
Smaller fishing boats
make up the majority of the UK fleet but only receive only 4 per cent of the
English quota, while the five largest foreign-controlled vessels take 32 per
cent. It is grossly unfair and damages fish stock sustainability. Small-scale
inshore fishing is the backbone of the UK fishing industry and we will end this
Over 750,000 people
enjoy sea angling in the UK. It is a profitable hobby for Britain: VAT income
from sea angling is worth more than the value of all commercial landings and
some 23,000 jobs depend on sea angling, yet the EU is planning to restrict
anglers to catching just three sea bass a day. We suspect this will eventually
lead to EU controls on all angling and we will vociferously oppose this threat.
Scotland for Animals gives a big
welcome to all the vegans and vegetarians visiting our vibrant city of Glasgow
You will find that it’s very easy to eat. We have put together a list of vegan-friendly
places in the vicinity of where most tourists will be congregating. If you have any place you would like to add
just let us know.
not a definitive list. But it’s just
some of our favourites. In any restaurant you will easily find at least one
vegetarian option, and 95% have a vegan option. Many restaurants are very keen
to please and will alter a dish to make it vegan.
still some restaurants where they don’t quite understand the word ‘vegan’ so
reinforce that you mean no dairy or eggs or meat or fish. Asian restaurants can sometimes be the worst
culprits for this.
cafes sell soya milk for tea and coffee. If you want vegan hot chocolate - also
check that the chocolate powder is vegan.
shops - that famous Glasgow
staple. Also known as a “Glasgow salad” - ha. Most cook in vegetable oil but they sometimes
cook the meat items in the same fat. If
this is something that bothers you then check first. That’s pretty much all you will get in a chip
shop that is vegan. Except fritters
(potatoes in batter - extra unhealthy and tasty). If you want a chip buttie (chips in a roll)
then ask for “a dry roll” ie without butter.
- the chef John is lovely, and used to be vegan Bryan Adam’s tour chef, and has
worked for other big names such as Tina Turner.
He has a different vegan menu every day.
is a list of vegetarian and vegan food you can buy at fast food places.
left out some obvious stuff like many drinks, vegetables, etc.
on the vegan list can be eaten by vegetarians.
you have an allergy or would feel appalled if you ever mistakenly ate any dairy
or meat, then we do strongly advise that you still double check with the server
when you order. Menus and ingredients constantly change, and our own efforts to
produce this list are not infallible.
thing to beware of if you're very keen to avoid animal fats - is that some
foods don't have animal ingredients but they are cooked in the same fat as
animal products. But they get away with saying that they are vegetarian. Ask at the point of purchase.
and onion pasties. They say "All our savouries are baked off fresh each day in the shops using the
same ovens, display cabinets and equipment so although they are made from
vegetarian ingredients we do not claim that they meet all the requirements
necessary to conform to the vegetarian society standards."
They haven’t said if their sweet goods are
vegetarian and I can't establish that with them.
Fat Vinaigrette Dressing - vegan
are not vegetarian)
Dressing - milk eggs
- may contain milk or eggs
Cobette - milk
- milk and egg
- they couldn't tell me exactly what was in them, but their list of ingredients
were vague. So I don't know if they are vegetarian. Certainly not vegan.
have a list of what contains milk and eggs but it doesn't confirm if it has
animal fats. Despite repeated queries for a list of what is vegetarian and
vegan they haven't done so. I can't
therefore recommend anything from their menu.
base, oil and sauce
olives marinate, rustica tomatoes, side salad,
Reale - ask for it without the mascarpone
dough balls - ask to replace butter with garlic or chilli oil
say "All our menu items that are suitable for
vegetarians are marked on the menu with a 'V' symbol".
tricolour, garlic bread, garlic bread with mozzarella, baked dough balls,
bruschetta, bruschetta con funghi, mozzarella and tomato salad, mixed salad,
Crostini al Pomodoro - Can be suitable
for vegetarians if served without grana adano.
Canelloni and Melanzane Parmigiana - can
be made vegetarian Can be suitable for
vegetarians if served without grana
Campo di Fiori Romana, Margherita
Leggera, verdure, margherita, zucchini e funghi, veneziana, padana, funghi di
Desserts - all are vegetarian EXCEPT
cannolo, Caffe Merenghina
Kids - everything vegetarian except Kids
Bolognese and Kids Carbonara
and sides: mixed olives, potato wedges,
sweet chilli sauce, tomato ketchup, side salad, garden salad with vinaigrette
pizza base, Italian Pizza base, Tuscani pizza base, Plus pizza sauce, Pizza Mia
toppings: BBQ sauce
station: beetroot and carrot with balsamic vinaigrette. Cous cous. Perl Perl
Cous Cous. Vegetables. Large salad croutons. Tortilla chips. Dried fruit mix.
Breadsticks. (Not sunflower seeds - don't ask me why).
and dips: low fat vinaigrette. Mexican salsa. Houmous. Garlic and chilli
dipping oil. Lemon infused oil. Extra virgin olive oil with balsamic
vinegar/with Italian herbs.
Chilly Billy Lolly.
cheese is vegetarian.
PRET A MANGER
They say "Soya milk is now available in all
of our shops. If it's not in your local Pret, have a word with the
bean cassoulet soup
berries fruit bowl
sea salt crisps
beetroot and carrot crisps
salt and organic cider vinegar crisps
and salt topcorn
potato and chipotle chilli crisps
drinks. But we're highlighting - strawberry smoothie and vitamin volcano
all their egg . Aim to opt for the Free Range Egg Mayo rather than other eggs
cheese are vegetarian;
and herb salad wrap
range egg mayo and roasted tomato breakfast baguette
pizza hot wrap
and mint soup
duper humous salad
corn on the hob soup
and tomato croissant
bakery items, cakes, slices
Prêt pots and desserts
crisps and drinks
porridge soya milk and dried fruit
with vegetable sticks
trade chocolate bar - dark
coffee mints (in small tin)
- sea salt; sea salt and cider vinegar
their bakery items are marked with a V if vegetarian. Most stuff is.
and egg items appear to be vegetarian.
Sauce, Teriyaki glaze, BBQ sauce, sweet chilli, hot chilli,