Earlier this year, more than 100,000 people called on the government to recognise animal sentience in law. Without this recognition, the UK will be open to lower animal welfare imports when striking new trade deals and other risks to our wildlife.
*Campaign update - Monday, 9 September 2019*
Our petition was delivered to Parliament on 3rd September and had initially prompted a Parliamentary debate on animal sentience to take place on Monday 9 September, but due to prorogation the debate has now been knocked down the priorities list and rescheduled to November.
*Campaign update - Friday, 30 August 2019*
With the Government’s plans to prorogue Parliament prior to the Brexit date, there is even less time to pass the legislation we have been promised to ensure animal sentience is recognised in UK law after we leave the EU.
So next week we will be joining representatives from a large group of animal welfare organisations to take the petition to Downing Street before moving on to Parliament to lobby MPs and Peers.
The welfare needs of animals need to be taken into account now when we are negotiating trade deals and formulating new policy.
Otherwise, there is a real danger that government agencies could invest in intensive farming systems banned in the UK, wildlife management practices could more easily use inhumane methods, and disturbance of marine animals could be even harder to determine as a wildlife crime.
In all the turmoil, we will not forget about the impact for animals or let them be abandoned.