Regional letter: Keeping eggs free-range

Dear Editor,

It is outrageous that the EU may scrap legislation that requires eggs and egg boxes to be labeled according to farming methods. All eggs ought to be free-range – and this proposal would restrict consumers ability to know what they are buying.

Compassion in World Farming (CiWF) has recently reported that the EU Commission is discussing the possibility of repealing the current law. This requires battery eggs to be labeled as “eggs from caged hens” – legislation that CiWF and many supporters of higher welfare standards fought so hard to bring about.

As a lifelong campaigner for better treatment for animals, I am concerned that this excellent law, which has been an important contributing factor in the decline in demand for ‘battery’ eggs, is under threat. It is a disgrace that international agribusiness wants to scrap this law just so that it is easier for them to profit from animal suffering.

I pledge that if I am elected to the European Parliament here in the East of England I will oppose this threat to EU labeling law – law that is essential in providing the consumer with the necessary information needed to make a considered, moral choice. I will also support the proposed ban on battery cages due to come into force in 2012 – there should be no delay in implementation.

A vote for the Green Party on 4th June 2009 is a vote against the greed of industry lobbyists in Brussels, and a vote for legislation which benefits animals and consumers alike.

Yours sincerely

Cllr. Rupert Read

Tony Juniper and Jonathan Porritt on voting Green: Video

Tony Juniper and Sir Jonathan Porritt talk about the value of voting Green
in the local and European elections.
They were attending the official launch of the Green party's election
campaign in the East of England region. Our lead candidate in the East of
England is Rupert Read, the party's spokesperson on public services, and a
councillor in Norwich.
Tony Juniper, former director of Friends of the Earth, and now the Green
Party's candidate for Cambridge in the next general election, said: "We
cannot continue with the high-consumption, high-pollution, resource-wasting
economy that Europe has gotten used to. We need Greens in the European
Parliament to make that happen."
Sir Jonathan Porritt is founder of Forum for the Future, a former director
of FoE, and chair of the Sustainable Development Commission. Sir Jonathan
said: "The Green Party is the only party that has consistently told the
truth about the state of the Earth, and our relationship with it, over the
last 35 years. The party's ideas remain as relevant and as radical as all
those years ago."

Greens pledge clean European election campaign

With nominations for the European Elections now open (from 28th April), all seven of the Green candidates for Eastern region have signed a pledge to run a clean campaign. The Greens are inviting candidates from other parties to sign up to the Pledge.
There is growing cynicism about politicians, which the Greens want to help reverse. Elected Greens have a good track record of sticking to their policies and pledges, working hard for their constituents and maintaining high standards in office.
A key Green policy for the elections here in Eastern Region is reform of the EU to make it more accountable and more transparent to public scrutiny.    
Rupert Read, prospective Green Party MEP, said:
“Green politics is clean politics, and by signing up to this pledge we are inviting the public to hold us to these high standards. We will now be asking the candidates from the other political parties to sign up to the same pledge: their choice as to whether or not to do this will reveal how serious they are about cleaning up politics.”
We, the undersigned, pledge, in this European election campaign:
To show by our actions that politics need not be a dirty game, but can be a clean and positive activity, engaged in genuinely for the good of all
To tell the truth about what we stand for and have achieved, and about what others stand for and have achieved
To give credit to other Parties where credit is due
When asked, to tell the truth to the best of our ability about who is doing well and about who is likely to win in these elections
To promise only what we can deliver
To fight a clean, positive and honest campaign around the issues that concern the people of this region
To take money only from organisations and individuals whose motives in giving us money we do not have reason to suspect
And any Party member / candidate found to be evading or breaking this pledge will be subject to our Party’s disciplinary procedures.
Finally, we encourage voters:
To expect from us the very highest standards of behaviour, as candidates and as their elected representatives
To ask Parties operating in this region whether they have signed up to the Pledge or not, and, if not, to encourage them to do so
And to help us enforce this Pledge, by reporting truthfully to us and to the media any apparent breaches of it
We hope by this pledge to serve as a positive example for this region and for this nation.
Rupert Read, Peter Lynn, James Abbott, Marc Scheimann, Angela Thomson, Andrew Stringer & Amy Drayson, the 7 Green Party candidates for Eastern England in the European elections.