Demand a better deal for animals

Earlier this year over 100,000 animal lovers called on the government to bring forward legislation which recognises animals as sentient beings and ensures their protection in UK law.

In spite of countless promises, the former Secretary of State for the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA), Michael Gove, didn't bring forward vital legal protections which animals are set to lose after Brexit.

Unless government acts now, animal sentience will no longer be recognised in UK law after our departure from the EU. This will leave animals unprotected at a time of unprecedented change, as there will be no legally binding duty for animal welfare standards to be taken into consideration in future policy and legislation.

Credit: World Animal Protection

Demand a better deal for animals

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Help us demand a better deal for animals by writing to the new Secretary of State Theresa Villiers to take urgent action.

We are calling for her to take the following actions:

  • Immediately bring forward legislation that recognises animal sentience in domestic law, and confers a direct duty on Ministers and public bodies to have all due regard to the welfare needs of animals when formulating and implementing legislation and policy;
     
  • Require meaningful and prospective assessments of the animal welfare impacts of policy options, taking into account the specific welfare needs of species affected, weighed against other public policy interests;
     
  • Create a discretionary power in primary legislation to establish an independent Animal Welfare Advisory Commission to provide advice to government departments, replicating functions currently carried out by bodies such as the European Food Safety Authority.

It’s been announced that on 9th September parliament will debate our recent petition. In the coming weeks we will be asking you to contact your MP to ensure your voice is represented.

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