Keep Animal Sentience Clause in EU withdrawal bill
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This is an extract of an article from The Independent that my 17 year old daughter sent me today (17/07/18)
The Tories have voted that animals can't feel pain as part of the EU withdrawal bill by effectively declaring that all animals (apart from humans) have no emotions or feelings, including the ability to feel pain. MPs have voted not to transfer into UK law the parts of EU legislation which recognise animals have sentience, and can feel pain and emotions.
As the Government begins to shape the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, it has taken a vote to scrap EU legislation that sees non-human animals as sentient beings. Once we leave the EU in 2019, it’s not only badgers and foxes that will be threatened by this change in law, but all animals that aren’t pets. So basically all animals that it will be profitable to exploit.
This vote comes in contrast to extensive scientific evidence that shows that other animals do have feelings and emotions, some even stronger than ours.
When we leave the EU, pets will be protected by the Animal Welfare Act 2006. But where does this leave wild animals, those in labs, and those in other forms of captivity?
Just a small example of this is cosmetics testing. Under EU law it is illegal to test on animals for cosmetics like body wash and nail varnish. But this could easily be scrapped just like the recognition of animals as sentient beings has been.
Politics aside, we cannot let this happen!
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