Success! Animal sentience petition hits 100k

10 May 2019

We made it! Thanks to you, our petition has reached 100,000 signatures. Now our motion to include animal sentience in UK law after Brexit will be discussed in Parliament.

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.

Alongside 39 animal protection charities, celebrities such as Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden, Leona Lewis, Joanna Lumley and over 100 MPS, we have been calling for a #BetterDealForAnimals

Credit: WSPA

Government yet to act

Government has made promises to recognise sentience and be ‘a world leader in the care and protection of animals'. The sentience debate in parliament will give them a chance to act on these promises.

Over 60 MPs and Peers across all parties attended our parliamentary reception in February supporting a #BetterDealForAnimals and in April Kerry McCarthy MP proposed an animal sentience Bill which has yet to be debated.

Credit: World Animal Protection

Handing in the petition in parliament

We will be handing in the petition in parliament in the coming weeks and keeping you updated so that you can ask your MP to attend.

Our external affairs advisor Sonul Badiani-Hamment, said: “Thank you so much for signing our petition and helping us secure a parliamentary debate on animal sentience. With over 100,000 signatures and still growing, this petition demonstrates the overwhelming public support for government to introduce strong legislation recognising animal sentience in UK law. Now it’s time for government to deliver on their promises and get on with introducing a Bill.”

You can still add your voice and help secure a #BetterDealForAnimals

 

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