The World Around Us

🐶 🐱 Animal Rights 🐱 🐶


Alliance has always prioritised animal welfare and sought to tackle cruelty against animals. People who show such barbarism are not only a danger to the animals involved, but potentially to our society as a whole.

Our priorities for legislation to improve animal welfare and reduce negligence include:

  • Banning the use of wild animals in circuses.

  • Introducing legislation similar to the Hunting Act 2004 in Northern Ireland.

  • Increasing powers for local authorities to deal with issues around horse abandonment such as fly-grazing.

  • Using the UK’s global influence to end ‘trophy hunting’ and the trade of illegal animal products.

  • Outlawing the use of snares.

  • Introducing better regulation of the sale of puppies and kittens, especially when sold on the


  • Working to reduce and better regulate necessary animal testing and invest in developing alternative scientific methods and practices.

    Our priorities for better regulation of animal ownership include:

  • Micro-chipping and registration of cats on the same basis as for dogs.

  • Improving information-sharing between animal welfare charities and statutory organisations in order to ensure that people who are banned from keeping domestic animals are prevented from doing so.

  • Improving the enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act by deploying more animal welfare officers.


💚 The Environment & Climate Change 💚

We believe that governments of all levels across the world will need to ensure that they

have the correct processes in place for addressing the challenges of climate change.

To this end, Alliance supports:

  • Developing a Climate Change Act for Northern Ireland, with a clear ‘road map’ for implementation.

  • Implementing binding and stringent carbon emissions targets for the Northern Ireland Executive and UK Government, codified in legislation with interim targets.

  • Creating an independent Environmental Protection Agency. A more efficient and effective regulatory regime would lead to better environmental management and protection.

  • Establishing a review of the enforcement of environmental regulations.

  • Imposing a duty on the Northern Ireland Executive to reduce the carbon emissions from their own building stock and to produce ‘green buildings’ guidance for the public sector.

  • Following up on the Marine Act with a cohesive Marine Plan with designation of Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) based on scientific evidence, linking with other regions of the UK.

  • Devising a robust cross-Departmental and public sector wide Sustainable Development Strategy.

    Reducing waste and improving recycling is an essential part of how we protect our environment. Despite improvements in recent years, overall levels of waste produced and rates of recycling remain considerably lower than European average levels. We are also concerned that there is significant variation in the recycling collection rates across Northern Ireland.

We would decrease the amount of waste and improve recycling levels by:
  • Introducing a legally-binding 60% target for recycling levels by 2020.

  • Developing a Regional Waste Strategy to make sure that the skills and infrastructure are in place for councils to meet this target and to maximise the economic benefits of expanding this sector.

  • Establishing a Waste Working Group to facilitate spreading best practice across all councils.

  • Working with retailers and manufacturers on a Waste Minimisation Protocol to tackle excess packaging. 

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