MP puts forward animal sentience Bill in Parliament

05 April 2019

Kerry McCarthy's Bill is calling for animal sentience (the fact that animals can feel pain and suffering) to be recognised in UK law before we leave the EU

Kerry McCarthy MP has successfully presented a Ten Minute Rule Bill in Parliament to recognise animal sentience in law before the UK leaves the EU. As it stands animal sentience will not be recognised in time and this will leave the country open to lower animal welfare imports such as chlorinated chicken and risks to our wildlife when planning new housing projects.

A Ten Minute Rule Bill is a way to get additional Bill’s debated in Parliament and although it’s good news that this Bill has been put forward it is not guaranteed to be debated due to a chaotic Parliamentary schedule.

Kerry McCarthy MP supports a #BetterDealForAnimals. Credit: James McCauley

Animals are capable of feeling pleasure, pain and suffering

Kerry McCarthy, MP for Bristol East, said: “It’s now over 500 days since the government promised to recognise animal sentience in UK law before our departure from the European Union. That’s why I’m introducing my Animals (Recognition of Sentience) Bill. The government said it was looking for a vehicle to bring forward the legislation. I’ve provided it, now they should back it.”

Piglet in a UK farm.   Credit: World Animal Protection

The government is still not listening, but we won’t give up the fight

Our external affairs advisor Sonul Badiani-Hamment, said: “While we welcome the Animal Sentience Bill brought forward by Kerry McCarthy MP, we are extremely disappointed that the UK government hasn’t acted already. It’s time for the government to introduce Animal Sentience legislation, capable of meaningful execution, so animals have the same or better protection post-Brexit than they do now.”

Holstein cattle on Worthy Farm, Glastonbury.  Credit: Sam Frost​ / World Animal Protection

Animal charities, MPs and celebrities have all backed #BetterDealForAnimals

We have been calling for a #BetterDealForAnimals after we leave the EU alongside 38 other animal welfare charities, celebrities such as Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden, Leona Lewis, Joanna Lumley and over 100 MPs across all parties.

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