Karine Tissier, candidate for the Animal Party in Cher’s third constituency: “We must politicize the animal issue”

Originally from Normandy, Karine Tissier, an administrative staff member, settled in Osmery in the southern part of Cher “three and a half years ago”. As a 41-year-old, she is involved in the campaign for the parliamentary elections on June 12 and 19 in the third constituency of Cher (Bourges / Saint-Amand-Montrond), under the banner of the Animalist Party (PA), because she believes that “we must politicize It is important that the laws are changed, and for the laws to change, it is important to enter politics. “

“I did a lot when I was younger, in different associations. I still do that, but a little less, because I have ten animals at home, and I have to spend time on them, ”she says.

Why engage in the legislative race under the colors of the Animal Party?

Already because I have been volunteering with the party for a year and a half, in the communications department. And then I experience that it is important to politicize the animal issue and that the laws change. And for the laws to change, it is important to go into politics. So it was obvious to get involved. I am not the only one, we have more than 400 candidates all over France, which allows us to gain visibility for the cause we are defending.

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I find it important to politicize the animal issue and that the laws change. And for the laws to change, it is important to go into politics. So it was obvious to get involved.

Karine Tissier
(Candidate for the parliamentary election for the Animal Party)

What suggestions will you make during this campaign? What do you want to insist on?

We do not want to put animals before humans, but we want them to be at the same level as them and taken into account, which is not currently the case in France, where there are many shortcomings in this area. I can name two measures, among the many we have, which are adapting to the third constituency. The first: to fight against the abandonment of pets, because our country is European champion at this level, by allowing them to be accommodated in housing structures, such as nursing homes. (Accommodation for dependent elderly people, editor’s note). It is difficult for older people to get rid of their pets. The second concerns purchasing power, which is one of the French’s current priorities: 0% VAT is offered on ethical food, ie without animal suffering and produced in France.

The Animalist Party was unable to present its candidate, Hélène Thouy, during the presidential election due to failure to obtain the 500 mandatory sponsorships. Is it important from now on that deputies who support the animal cause arrive in the half cycle?

That would be nice, yes. After all, that is not goal number 1, we are still a young party, first created in 2016. What we really want is to put the issue of the animal’s case on the table. According to a recent Ifop survey, 84% of French people consider animal protection important. It is therefore necessary to politicize the issue and for the other parties to propose things on this subject.

Can your candidacy also be used to bring the topic up for public debate?

Absolutely, it can give other candidates the opportunity to take up the issue and give their views. Nor should we hide our faces, the candidacy of members of the Animalist Party for the parliamentary elections is of an important economic nature, as if we achieve more than 1% in at least 50 constituencies, we will obtain public subsidies that will allow us to hold the party alive. It’s not insignificant.

By improving animal welfare, we will also improve human welfare. It’s connected.

Karine Tissier
(Candidate for the parliamentary election for the Animal Party)

Between purchasing power, the war in Ukraine or the ongoing health crisis, are you not afraid that animal welfare is not the voters’ biggest concern at the moment?

That may not be their biggest concern, but we are a monothematic party. We made that choice. But many things are human-related. By improving animal welfare, we will also improve human welfare. It’s connected. Humans and animals can live together.

How will you campaign in the third constituency?

The party has very few financial means, and between my job and my animals, my availability is limited. I would therefore prefer social networks where I am very active. By the way, it does not work badly. We have really created a great community. In the field I will put up posters and since the constituency is very large (162 municipalities, editor’s note), it’s going to take me some time. If people see me doing it, I can talk to them. I have no plans to hold public meetings.

If the Animal Party wins a mandate, it is already a victory.

Karine Tissier
(Candidate for the parliamentary election for the Animal Party)

Does the Animalist Party not suffer from ridicule?

No, I think not. During the last European elections, we gathered around 500,000 votes, which is nothing. We can clearly see that parties, such as France insoumise (LFI), have taken up the matter on their own because they know it affects people and that there are voters who want the laws to be changed. We are being taken more and more seriously. We are a party like the others.

Do you want to be ready to sit in the National Assembly?

If it is necessary to implement concrete measures to improve both the fate of the animals and the condition of humans, there will be no problem. If the Animal Party wins a mandate, it is already a victory.

William White

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