The RSPCA has launched an interactive website to give supporters the information they need to lobby their prospective parliamentary candidates and debate key issues with each other ahead of the General Election.
To help its supporters to write an animal welfare manifesto for the next government, the RSPCA is launching interactive website Political Animal.
The site gives supporters the information they need to lobby their prospective parliamentary candidates and debate key issues with each other ahead of the General Election.
Supporters will be given suggestions on ways to quiz their local parliamentary candidates, and experts from the RSPCA will be able to come online to answer queries.
The site contains a timeline of the last 20 years of animal welfare law, leading up to the Animal Welfare Act 2006, showing landmark changes. It also provides a unique resource, giving the RSPCA stance on issues like status dogs, higher welfare farming, wild animals in circuses and animals used in experiments.
The aim is to make sure laws protecting animals are not watered down and progress is sustained under the next government. As well as information, visitors can watch video footage and get up-to-the-minute information about Political Animal on Twitter too.
Candidates and supporters will also have the opportunity to vote on issues they feel strongly about.
RSPCA parliamentary officer Stacey Frier, said: “The Political Animal microsite is a unique project allowing our supporters to drive the debate by letting politicians know what they want them to do for animal welfare if they are elected.
“The RSPCA and its supporters have been instrumental in campaigning for change in animal welfare legislation since the Society’s creation in 1824 and we’re urging the incoming parliament to continue to work with us to achieve further animal welfare milestones.”
For more information, visit www.politicalanimal.org.uk