The Animal Welfare Party has gained its first local Government seat after a local councillor defected from the Greens.
Alsager town councillor Jane Smith, who has been on the council since 2015, is now AWP’s first representative in the UK. She is also reportedly a vegan.
In a statement, Smith who runs Compassion in World Farming’s Cheshire group, said: "I have made this decision because I believe it is important that we begin to acknowledge and address the inherent unfairness of our human-centric decision making bodies.
"Although the step I take today may appear small, I believe it is of huge symbolic significance.
“We share our world and our natural resources with so many other species, and it is only right and fair that those other animals and their habitats are properly represented and considered in our decision making."
Responding to Smith's move, AWP, Party Leader, Vanessa Hudson said: "The UK has a proud history of thought leadership in animal welfare and it’s high time animals had dedicated representatives in our decision-making bodies.
"Only that way can their needs and interests begin to be properly protected.
"With today’s news, AWP takes its first steps to joining our sister parties in the Netherlands, Germany, Portugal, and Australia who have already achieved that for animals."