The Animal Welfare Party (AWP) is standing a party list of seven candidates in the London Region in the upcoming EU Parliament Elections on May 23.
According to the party, it would have liked to stand in some of the other 11 regions, but due to the £5,000 London deposit, it did not have the funds to do so.
It is contesting the elections as part of Animal Politics EU – a group of 11 European parties for animals, which represent voters in The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Sweden, Finland, Cyprus, and the United Kingdom.
According to the AWP, the groups 'share the fundamental principle of protecting the interests of the weakest against the might of the strongest – serving the interests of humans and animals alike'. All 11 of the parties signed a shared manifesto in the EU Parliament in Brussels last month.
"We believe that gaining greater political representation for animals in the European Parliament would be a major step in the battle for animal rights and a sustainable future," said the party.
"It is the first time in history that a group of 11 parties has contested the EU elections together and the number of representatives for animals in the EU parliament is predicted to triple following the May elections."
AWP's candidates for the London Region are Vanessa Hudson, Jane Smith, Sam Morland, Ranjan Joshi, Mina da Rui, Jon Homan, and Simon Gouldman.
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