|Nominating Officer||Richard Deboo|
|Founded||December 2, 2006|
|Headquarters||PO BOX 51250, London, SE11 4UN|
|Politics of United Kingdom
Animals Count is a minor political party in the United Kingdom campaigning on animal rights, founded in December 2006 by Dutch national Jasmijn de Boo of Kennington, London and Shaun Rutherford of Milford Haven, Wales. The party aims to bring attention to animal welfare and environmental issues, in a manner similar to their Dutch equivalent, Party for the Animals (Partij voor de Dieren), which de Boo stood for in the 2004 European elections. de Boo likens the party to the anti-slavery and universal suffrage movements. The party says it has more than 100 members, mainly in London and Wales. As of October 2010 the Party elected a new leader Vanessa Hudson whose aims are to now increase awareness of the Party and grow it's membership.
The party initially intended to stand in the Welsh Assembly elections in 2007. In the London Assembly election, 2008, de Boo stood in Lambeth and Southwark, receiving 1,828 votes (1.12%). The party sponsored an electoral list of three candidates for the 2009 European Parliament election in the United Kingdom's Eastern region, receiving 13,201 votes (0.8%). In the United Kingdom general election, 2010, Richard Deboo stood as their candidate in the Islington South & Finsbury constituency. He received 149 votes (0.3%).
Some of the parties policies include:
- NHS-style animal healthcare system
- "Green corridors" for wildlife
- More humane meals in schools, hospitals and care homes
- More parks and green spaces for wildlife
- Government funding for animal rescue services.
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