Do you remember the draft legislation the British government produced to ensure animals are recognised as sentient beings after Brexit?
Perhaps you remember the government saying that they were considering a ban on live exports for slaughter?
If so, your memory seems to be better than the politicians’! Please remind Michael Gove to take urgent action for animals.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has been carrying out a consultation on live transport, including controlling exports for slaughter. They have now passed the consultation over to the Farm Animal Welfare Committee (FAWC) for advice on how best to proceed.
However, rather than asking the FAWC to review a possible ban, Defra have instead asked for recommendations on improving conditions during live transport. Whilst this does not necessarily mean that live exports will continue, it is worrying that the focus is on improving conditions, rather than banning this cruel and completely unnecessary practice.
Over 320,000 petition signatures were given to the government asking them to ensure that live animal exports would be banned post-Brexit. These voices should not be ignored.
Please take a moment to ask Michael Gove, Defra Secretary of State, to ban live exports for Slaughter AND fattening when the UK leaves the EU.
To make matters worse, earlier this month the government announced that they are delaying any legislation that would acknowledge animals as sentient beings.
In 2017, hundreds of thousands of people called for animal sentience to continue to be recognised in British law post-Brexit. In response to this pressure, the government produced a draft Bill to guarantee that the ability of animals to feel pain and joy can’t be ignored by policy makers when the UK leaves the EU.
However, on 1st February 2018, a report was published by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Commons Select Committee, which suggested that the commitment to paying regard to animal sentience in the Bill should be delayed.
Then, on August 7th the Government stated that they were postponing any new sentience legislation. They also stated that they would “ensure that any necessary changes required to UK law are made… to ensure animal sentience is recognised after we leave the EU.” But farm animals need action, not words.
It is certainly true that parts of the ‘Animal Sentience’ Bill needed to be improved. Not least, the wording should require policy makers to pay "full" regard to animal sentience. But the government can make these amendments without the need for further delay.
Please email Michael Gove and urge him to take action now to recognise animal sentience in UK law before Brexit.
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