Animal welfare at the heart of Green concerns

Oxfordshire Green Party recognises that the City Council has a vital role in the protection and advancement of animal rights in Oxford.

Dr Hazel Dawe comments:

“The Green Party approaches the City Council elections in Oxford with a clear commitment to animal welfare in its local manifesto. At the same time, the Green Party is promoting an animal rights manifesto for the European Elections.

“In Oxford, the Greens will:

□ Support the City Council in opposing any circus using animals in the Oxford area

□ Ensure periodic checking of pet shops to prevent the sale of endangered species

□ Resource the dog warden service adequately, to help reduce animal cruelty and the risks that untrained or uncontrolled animals may present to the public –or to other animals

□ Consider grant assistance to animal welfare groups providing animal refuges

□ In the long-term, appoint an Animal Rights Officer to lead an animal welfare team for the City

“It is vital that green spaces which provide habitats for many species within Oxford and outside are preserved. Maintaining wildlife corridors and biodiversity are both essential. This means the City Council should be concentrating on regeneration and refurbishment efforts using empty properties and sites, not taking away greenfield sites in the City or at its fringes."

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