Demand a #BetterDealForAnimals
Dear or no deal, as we leave the EU, animals will lose vital legal protections unless government acts now.
Under the European Union Treaty, animals are recognised as sentient beings with the capacity for feelings, including fear, pain and suffering, whose welfare must be protected. As it stands, our treasured animals in the UK will lose that legal protection on 29 March.
With your help we’ve been pushing the government for a new Animal Sentience Bill that would ensure continued legal safeguards for animals. This would protect them from future governments creating new laws, policies and trade deals that fail to consider animals’ welfare needs.
Thousands of you wrote to your MPs about our Parliamentary reception asking them to back a #BetterDealForAnimals and sign our EDM. And thanks to you, over 60 MPs attended and pledged their support to push government into enacting animal sentience legislation.
Michael Gove, the Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs gave the keynote address and Sue Hayman, the Shadow Secretary for Environment also spoke.
Despite the overwhelming show of cross-party support, not to mention the 36 leading animal welfare organisations present in the room, Gove failed to introduce a bill or timetable for legislation.
We urgently need to up the pressure to make sure government enacts and passes legislation before it’s too late, so we’ve launched a petition with fellow animal lover Alesha Dixon.
Please sign our petition to urge government to pass a strong law that recognises animals have feelings and emotions which protects their welfare when new laws and policies are made. Once we reach our goal of 100,000 signatures we will secure an important debate in Parliament.
Together we can make sure that animals don’t become victims of Brexit.