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Congratulations St Ives Town Council!

Posted 13 August 2010

Animal Aid has today issued heartfelt thanks to St Ives Town Council for taking the progressive decision to formulate an animal welfare charter, based on the articles in our Compassionate Charter, showing themselves to be at the forefront of ethical local governance.

Animal Aid’s Compassionate Charter asks councils to adopt a set of ethical policies that, while easily achievable and simple to implement, can have a big impact on the lives of animals. These policies are:

  • Purchase only cruelty-free toiletries and cleaning products
  • Ban circuses with animals from council land
  • Ban the giving of pets as prizes at funfairs
  • Promote and subsidise spaying and neutering programmes
  • Ban the sale of foie gras and veal from council premises
  • Go fur-free
  • Use only humane, non-lethal methods of wildlife management
  • Make their town a plastic bag-free zone

In line with these principles, St Ives Town Council has agreed to use cruelty-free cleaning products, support humane wildlife management, and not allow foie gras or veal to be served at any council events. St Ives will also not allow circuses with wild animals to perform on their land, and will ban pets being given as prizes.

Says Compassionate Charter Co-ordinator Ashley Owen:

‘Animal Aid is delighted that St Ives Town Council has taken these important steps for animal welfare, and congratulates the councillors for their compassionate stance. Whilst there is always more that can be done to help animals and the planet, this is a tremendously important start, and we hope that other councils will follow St Ives’ admirable example.’

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