The EU withdrawal Bill has been rejected by MPs, it acknowledges the inclusion of animal sentience, the bill recognizes that animals feel pain and emotion!
After March 2019 the UK will not be subject to European Law, bearing in mind that 80 percent of animal protection legislation if from European Laws there is a lot of legislation to do in the UK before that March 2019 deadline!
The clause was submitted by Green MP Caroline Lucas, in preparation for post Brexit the Government debated that the clause about animal sentience was already sufficiently covered in the Animal Welfare Act 2006, 313 against it, 295 in favor…
There are a lot of EU laws that are intertwined into the United Kingdom, most animal related EU laws are going to be automatically brought over to UK post Brexit, but for this one law, that will not be the case!
The RSPCA refuted the Government’s claim and said: – “It’s shocking that MPs have given the thumbs down to incorporating animal sentience into post-Brexit UK law,” RSPCA head of public affairs David Bowles told Farming UK.”
“It really beggars belief that in this day and age, this shower of a government no longer recognizes animals as sentient beings”
“Science is showing more and more animal intelligence and emotions and yet our government has yet again ignored it. There can only be one reason to deny animal sentient status, and that is to exploit them.”
“If the UK is to achieve the Environment Secretary’s objective of achieving the highest possible animal welfare post-Brexit, it must do the same. ‘Animals are not ‘commodities’ and any laws impacting on them needs to take into account their capacity to suffer. They are sentient beings, with feelings and emotions.”
Head of policy at Compassion in World Farming, Nick Palmer, said:
“How can the UK be seen as a leader in animal welfare when the repeal bill fails to guarantee that animals will continue to be regarded as sentient beings?
“We urge the Government to reintroduce the commitment into the Bill.”
Animal sentience was brought into EU law back in 2009 with the Lisbon Treaty, it followed many years of campaigning by animal rights activists to get there, and with one swoop the MPs dismissed it? Surely this can’t be, right?