Is Vegan politics a thing?
If it were a thing, would we say that it is right of centre, left of centre, old-fashioned liberal, traditionally conservative, even Marxist or just apolitical.
To compound this depressing fact there is, at present, a distinct lack of Vegan politicians amplifying and promoting Vegan issues in most parliaments around the world, especially within the EU, CCP, the American Senate and the Russian Duma.
In the UK, for instance, there are only four Vegan MPs (Four! out of six hundred MPs). What a disgraceful state of affairs.
In addition, apart from the learned and historic Vegan Society and the wonderful efforts of pressure organisations such as PETA:
the human political voice for animal welfare and the Vegan lifestyle worldwide is very quiet indeed.
As to the first Vegan political parties, it is Germany which founded the first Vegan political party in 2016 called “Party for Change, Vegetarians and Vegans, or “V-Party 3”, as you can see it isn’t 100% Vegan, but it is a good start all the same.
As to their political ambitions the V-Party 3 seeks to completely abolish the slaughter of animals by 2030. “We are the new Greens, only brighter,’ says Federal President Roland Wegner, ‘but this does not mean that we are following in their footsteps, rather we are picking up all the points that have been neglected for years.‘ *
It is a lofty and idealistic aim by the V-Party, but it does give us an idea of what sort of issues a newly founded Vegan party might concentrate on in the beginning.
In the UK there is an animal rights party (founded in 2014) called the Animal Welfare Party (AWP) which has stated aims of:
“AWP believes in a better future for people, animals and the environment. Our policies are aimed at creating a fairer, more equitable and sustainable society in which the interests of the environment, people and animals are taken into account.
Our key policies include:
- Redirecting subsidies from livestock and fisheries farming to plant-based agriculture
- Promoting healthy plant-based lifestyle initiatives in schools, GP practices and the workplace
- Phasing out animal experimentation with binding targets for reduction and funding and support for alternatives
- Phasing out farming practices with poor welfare consequences for animals
- Increasing penalties for those convicted of animal cruelty” **
The AWP published aims are to be congratulated for their ability to accompany their objectives of animal welfare with a plant-based lifestyle, but the word “Vegan” does appear to be absent from their mission statement.
All the same the AWP does have one elected councillor so well done for that, but remember they are for the EU, and as such the EU policy of transporting livestock.
A quick Google will also list numerous animal rights parties around the world, which may or may not prove long-lived or influential, not many Vegan parties though.
In Europe there is a new Danish Vegan party founded in 2018 called “Veganerpartiet”.
Therefore, we have two registered Vegan political parties in Europe, but not a single one in the UK which is surprising since the UK is the birthplace of Veganism.
At any rate perhaps there might be room for a Vegan party to form in the UK, I certainly will be looking at options to see if like- minded UK Vegans might be interested in founding the first political party called “The UK Vegan Party”.
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