Government to over turn the vote that animals are not sentient beings
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MPs have voted to reject the inclusion of animal sentience – the admission that animals feel emotion and pain into the EU Withdrawal Bill.
The move has been criticised by animal rights activists, who say the vote undermines environment secretary Michael Gove’s pledge to prioritise animal rights during Brexit.
The majority of animal welfare legislation comes from the EU. The UK Government is tasked with adopting EU laws directly after March 2019 but has dismissed animal sentience.
Anyone who has witnessed wildlife, watched The BBC’s Blue Planet or has a household animals knows animals are sentient. They have emotions like love, fear and happiness and feel pain just like we do. This vote is a huge backwards step for animal welfare and I dread the consequences of the bill being implemented.
Protect our animals and give them this basic right. Vote for the government to over turn this rule. Vote for the Tory Governement to accept animals as sentient beings - which they clearly are!
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