Animals Count, which describes itself as a political party for people and animals, will launch its EU election manifesto on 24th May from 12 noon at the Kings Oak, Loughton, where it will be putting into practice one of its proposed policies: subsidised basic and emergency animal health care for animals. Animals Count President and veterinarian, Andrew Knight, will provide free dog consultations and animal health care advice for all companion animals.

Animals Count will contest the European Parliament elections, taking place on the 4th of June. It hopes to end farming with poor welfare consequences for animals, long distance live animal transport, all hunting for sport, and introduce an EU-wide subsidised basic animal health care system.

Animals Count Leader, Jasmijn de Boo MSc., said: "Concern for animals has long been a mainstream priority, yet remains poorly represented by most political parties. In several countries political parties for animals have formed to meet this need. The Dutch Party for the Animals from which we grew now has 20 elected representatives, including 2 MPs and one senator."

"The EU elections are particularly important for people and animals. Around half the EC budget is spent on agriculture. Given today's economic climate there's never been a better time to re-examine the massive expenditure of tax-payer money on farming methods known to be strongly associated with poor animal welfare and serious environmental damage."

Miss de Boo, 33, Alex Bourke, 47, Vice-chair of Animals Count and best-selling author of the 'Vegetarian Guides' book series, and Richard Deboo, 41, City professional and public speaker on animal issues, will contest the June EU elections in the Eastern region of the UK. Animals Count's ultimate goal is a world in which animals are not exploited, and are treated as sentient beings.

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