21st November 2017
Animals at risk after the government doesn’t include animal sentience in EU Bill
A disappointing step backwards for animals post-Brexit
We are extremely disappointed that the UK government has opposed the inclusion of animal sentience in the European Union Withdrawal Bill. This is a step in the wrong direction for animal protection in the United Kingdom after Brexit.
Under EU law, animals are recognised as sentient beings. This means they are capable of being aware of sensations and emotions, of feeling pain and suffering.
Although the EU Withdrawal Bill means most European laws will be carried across into the UK, this will now not include the recognition that animals feel pain and emotions.
Michelle Thew, CEO said: “It is not good enough for the government to say that animal sentience is covered by the UK Animal Welfare Act – the fact is, it isn’t. And it certainly takes no account of the pain and suffering felt by animals in laboratories. Animals are not products that can be regulated like cans of beans or widgets. The government really must think again. I urge parliament to think again before it’s too late.”