Animal Welfare Party leader Vanessa Hudson has called for tougher sentencing for animal cruelty
She said that the party was founded "in response to a growing awareness that, despite huge public interest, animal and environmental issues rarely rise to the top of the political agenda".
The party also wants to "recognise the value that dedicated representatives for animals and the environment could bring to the political sphere", she added.
Policies include phasing out animal experimentation, bigger penalties for those convicted of animal cruelty and ending live animal transport.
While many of the party's policies relate to animal welfare, the AWP also opposes hard Brexit, while previous manifestos have promised to slow privatisation, increase social housing and scrap university tuition fees.
The party was established in 2006, modelled on its sister party in Holland, Party for the Animals. It has stood in nine elections with a slowly increasing vote share.
We're now part of a worldwide movement of 18 political parties for animals
Party leader Vanessa Hudson
It is fielding four candidates on June 8; three in London and one in Maidenhead. Miss Hudson is standing in the Hackney South and Shoreditch constituency where Labour’s Meg Hillier held the seat in 2015.
The party stood for the devolved parliaments of Scotland and Northern Ireland for the first time in 2016, achieving 0.7 per cent and 0.6 per cent of the vote respectively. It also picked up 26,000 votes in the London Assembly elections.
The party says it is not just political but part of a wider movement for animal rights.
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Ms Hudson found the party in response to the growing awareness on the issue
Miss Hudson said: "We're now part of a worldwide movement of 18 political parties for animals that takes in Europe, Australia, Canada, the US and Asia."
"There's a high degree of cooperation and support amongst our parties and we tend to meet to workshop at least once a year."
Like many small parties, the AWP supports electoral reform in favour of Proportional Representation.
Miss Hudson said: "While we wait for that change, so essential to a healthy democracy, we still feel smaller parties have an important role to play.
The party want tougher penalties for anyone convicted of animal cruelty
"By standing in elections and taking part in the debates that surround them we believe we give exposure to issues being neglected by mainstream politics – and by attracting votes, we believe we help demonstrate the strength of feeling there is amongst voters for our policies."
Miss Hudson said the use of social media has helped even the playing field somewhat with some of the bigger parties.
"Social media is a hugely important communications tool for us," she added.
"It does allow us to get our message out and connect with audiences in a way that we might not have been able to previously."