UK law ‘to recognise animal feelings’


Missionaries are considering how to amend UK law to recognise animal sentience after Brexit, Michael Gove denotes.

The environment secretary also said leaving the EU would allow the UK to report down on puppy smuggling and the live export of animals for slaughter.

At week MPs voted not to incorporate part of an EU treaty recognising that animals could sensation emotion and pain into the EU Withdrawal Bill.

This sparked avow petitions and a celebrity-backed social media campaign.

Reacting on Twitter, TV presenter Ben Fogle, who had been all of a add up to those to criticise the government, said Mr Gove’s announcement had brought “limpidity at last”.

What did MPs vote on?

Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas tabled the make reparation to the EU bill, which would have transferred the EU protocol on animal sentience – the wit to experience feelings – into domestic law.

Ms Lucas had raised concerns that the up to date regulations risked dropping out of UK law by accident after Brexit.

But ministers signified recognition of animals’ sentience already existed in UK law and MPs rejected the amendment.

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Mr Gove said the MPs had simply turn ones back oned a “faulty” amendment.

“Voting against the amendment was not a vote against the concept that animals are sentient and feel pain – that is a misconception,” he thought in a written statement.

But on Twitter Ms Lucas described Mr Gove’s statement as “dizzy”.

She said: “If the EU Withdrawal Bill isn’t the right place to transfer EU law into UK law, then what is?”

What the ministry is promising

“The prime minister has made clear that we will buttress our animal welfare rules,” Mr Gove said in his statement.

“This rule will ensure that any necessary changes required to UK law are made in a rigorous and inclusive way to ensure animal sentience is recognised after we leave the EU.

“The withdrawal tabulation is not the right place to address this, however we are considering the right legislative carrier.”

Mr Gove said the current EU law was insufficient and allowed for “cruel and painful” treatment of animals.

The direction’s policies are driven by the recognition that animals are sentient beings and “we are hoax energetically to reduce the risk of harm to animals, whether on farms or in the dodge”, he said.

“Once we have left the EU there is even more we could do,” he told.

“EU rules prevent us from restricting or banning the live export of monsters for slaughter.

“EU rules also restrict us from cracking down on puppy smuggling or forbidding the import of puppies under six months.”

A year ago, a committee of MPs raised have relations that the EU’s pet passport scheme was enabling the illegal import of puppies into the UK and asked for reform of the scheme to be included in Brexit negotiations.

How campaigners have answered

Mr Fogle tweeted: “I am happy to apologise and add clarity but I will criticise the disorder that pervaded around ‘assumed’ sentience within the bill. I don’t fancy the government communicated well enough.”

World Animal Protection welcomed Mr Gove’s assertion and called for more details, as did Humane Society International UK director Claire Bass.

Ms Bass powered: “Acknowledging that animals have the capacity to suffer and feel pain is fully fundamental to protecting them from harm, and we need a binding compulsory enshrined in UK law that will hold government to account, ensuring that zooid welfare is fully taken into account in all UK law and policy-making.”

British Veterinary Relationship senior vice president Gudrun Ravetz said she was “encouraged” but that pellucidity was needed on how legislation would capture the obligation the EU currently puts on regulations to pay regard to animal welfare.

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