Environmental campaigners have expressed frustration with the absence of announcements on clean air and plastics in the Conservative Party’s new green agenda. The live exports of farm animals will end, cats will require microchipping and people will no longer be able to keep primates as pets under new proposals to be outlined at the Conservative party conference, which begins on Sunday, but some green campaigners feel these are not the primary concerns facing the planet. With concerns around climate change a major worry for many voters, the focus on animal welfare has frustrated some campaigners. Commenting on a leaked draft of Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers’ conference speech, Craig Bennett, Friends of the Earth chief executive, told i: “We are a nation of animal lovers but the environment minister talking just about kittens isn’t going fix the climate and ecological emergency we’re facing.
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John Sauven, the executive director of Greenpeace, told the Guardian: “We have a moral imperative to protect pets and other animals from abuse and exploitation, and the environment secretary is right to clamp down on that. But we also need to see government action on the other, far bigger threats many animal species including ourselves are facing, such as the climate emergency, rampant deforestation, plastic waste and air pollution.” He cited the need to clean up polluted city air, tackle the scourge of plastic waste, strengthen environmental standards, and preparing Britain for the effects of climate change, as priorities the government must address urgently. Campaigners are also still frustrated by a lack of detailed policy on how the UK will meet its net zero carbon target. The Labour party has set up a consultation, to report in December, on key policies that will be needed, and set out the first parts of a “green industrial revolution” at its party conference, where the climate was the biggest theme alongside Brexit.
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