ALP Animal Rights

The American Labor Party has issued a website on our campaign for animal rights.
2012.In 1999, New Zealand passed a new Animal Welfare Act that had the effect of banning experiments on “non-human hominids.” Also in 1999, Public Law 106-152 (Title 18, Section 48) was put into action. This law makes it a felony to create, sell, or possess videos showing animal cruelty with the intention of profiting financially from them In 2005, the Austrian parliament banned experiments on apes, unless they are performed in the interests of the individual ape.[86] Also in Austria, the Supreme Court ruled in January 2008 that a chimpanzee (called Matthew Hiasl Pan by those advocating for his personhood) was not a person, after the Association Against Animal Factories sought personhood status for him because his custodians had gone bankrupt. The chimpanzee had been captured as a baby in Sierra Leone in 1982, then smuggled to Austria to be used in pharmaceutical experiments, but was discovered by customs officials when he arrived in the country, and was taken to a shelter instead. He was kept there for 25 years, until the group that ran the shelter went bankrupt in 2007. Donors offered to help him, but under Austrian law only a person can receive personal gifts, so any money sent to support him would be lost to the shelter’s bankruptcy. The Association appealed the ruling to the European Court of Human Rights. The lawyer proposing the chimpanzee’s personhood asked the court to appoint a legal guardian for him and to grant him four rights: the right to life, limited freedom of movement, personal safety, and the right to claim property. In June 2008, a committee of Spain’s national legislature became the first to vote for a resolution to extend limited rights to nonhuman primates. The parliamentary Environment Committee recommended giving chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, and orangutans the right not to be used in medical experiments or in circuses, and recommended making it illegal to kill apes, except in self-defense, based upon the rights recommended by the Great Ape Project. The committee’s proposal has not yet been enacted into law.
From 2009 onwards, several countries outlawed the use of some or all animals in circuses, starting with Bolivia, and followed by several countries in Europe, Scandinavia, the Middle East, and Singapore. In 2010, the government in Catalonia passed a motion to outlaw bull fighting, the first such ban in Spain. In 2011, PETA sued SeaWorld over the captivity of five orcas in San Diego and Orlando, arguing that the whales were being treated as slaves. It was the first time the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which outlaws slavery and involuntary servitude, was cited in court to protect nonhuman rights. A federal judge dismissed the case in February.

After decades of lobbying from animal rights groups, the European Union is set to ban sale of animal tested cosmetics from March 11 this year. The European Union will ban the import and sale of animal-tested cosmetic products (including ingredients) for member states from March 11; from this date onwards anyone selling new cosmetic products and ingredients in the EU will not be allowed to test them on animals anywhere in the world. This isn’t just for high-end  products: all toiletries and beauty products.

Chief Executive of charity Cruelty Free International Michelle Thew said: “This is truly an historic event and the culmination of over 20 years of campaigning. Now we will apply our determination and vision on a global stage to ensure that the rest of the world follows this lead.”Our most important goal is to create a society, which treats animals in a respectful fashion. There are many problems associated with the way in which animals are treated. They are often not seen as living creatures with a soul, but as products that people believe they can use and abuse as they see fit: as meat products in the factory farming industry, as guinea pigs in laboratories, as the defenceless quarry of hunters and anglers, as a source of entertainment for visitors to circuses and zoos, and so forth.

We want the legal position of animals to be laid down in our legislation. In this way, we can prevent animals from continually being the victims of political whims. At present, animal welfare still hardly plays a role in our legislation. This should change as soon as possible.

Naturally, we also believe that people are also important. However, the political world is exclusively made up of representatives of human interests. This is why a political party, which primarily focuses on animal welfare, is so important. It is the most effective way of getting animal interests on to the political agenda.The way in which we as a civilization interact with our living environment is central to our philosophy. We believe that this is a big issue. A quote remark made by Mahatma Gandhi. According to Gandhi, the greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated. These are wise words, which are perfectly in keeping with our vision of a more humane society. The ALP promises to lead the way to more animal rights along with human rights and civil liberties.


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