As BGS members may already be aware, as part of the EU law repeal process, MPs recently narrowly voted to scrap the EU law recognising that animals can think, feel, and suffer pain. Scrapping this principle could clear the way for weaker protections in animal welfare including in testing labs, farming, slaughter and in relation to animal cruelty generally.
The environment minister, Michael Gove, has since sought to ‘clarify’ that the government will now look at ‘alternative ways’ to recognise animal sentience in UK law.
But this clearly isn’t the same as the existing legal protection, written down & enshrined in law and so we need to keep the pressure up!
Members may wish to contact their local MP in relation to this.
Alternatively there are a number of petitions underway including the following: