Tell your MP: animals are sentient beings

The Government has said that its EU (Withdrawal) Bill, informally known as the Repeal Bill, will keep all elements of European legislation that apply to Britain, so that no existing rights are lost. But Article 13 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU, which recognises animals as "sentient beings" and requires policy to "pay full regard to the welfare requirements of animals", is missing from the Bill.

The UK spearheaded the campaign for animals to be recognised as sentient in EU Law. The loss of Article 13 would be a backward step, reversing the position of previous Governments. It would also fly in the face of a statement the current Defra Secretary of State, Michael Gove, made in Parliament that animal sentience would “absolutely” be included in UK law after Brexit.

Protect Article 13

The Official Opposition and two groups of backbenchers have tabled changes to the Repeal Bill which would retain the legal status of animal sentience. If fellow MPs act now, they can ensure that national policies must pay regard to animal sentience. This will make it harder for future UK Governments to undermine animal welfare – and make it easier to hold them to account if they fail to meet the needs of farm animals.

Please email your MP today to ask them to support amendment 350 and New Clauses 28 and 30 to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill. If Article 13 is left out, a vital safeguard for animals in Britain will be lost.

Email your MP

Take action

Tell your MP to support amendment 350 and New Clauses 28 and 30 to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill.

You'll be able to review the message to your MP on the next page before it's sent.

Please note: This action is only available to UK residents. If you don’t live in the UK, you can still sign the animal sentience petition to show your support for the campaign.

 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 

The Government has said that its EU (Withdrawal) Bill, informally known as the Repeal Bill, will keep all elements of European legislation that apply to Britain, so that no existing rights are lost. But Article 13 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU, which recognises animals as "sentient beings" and requires policy to "pay full regard to the welfare requirements of animals", is missing from the Bill.

The UK spearheaded the campaign for animals to be recognised as sentient in EU Law. The loss of Article 13 would be a backward step, reversing the position of previous Governments. It would also fly in the face of a statement the current Defra Secretary of State, Michael Gove, made in Parliament that animal sentience would “absolutely” be included in UK law after Brexit.

Protect Article 13

The Official Opposition and two groups of backbenchers have tabled changes to the Repeal Bill which would retain the legal status of animal sentience. If fellow MPs act now, they can ensure that national policies must pay regard to animal sentience. This will make it harder for future UK Governments to undermine animal welfare – and make it easier to hold them to account if they fail to meet the needs of farm animals.

Please email your MP today to ask them to support amendment 350 and New Clauses 28 and 30 to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill. If Article 13 is left out, a vital safeguard for animals in Britain will be lost.

Email your MP