We have welcomed proposals set out in the Queen’s Speech that would see animal sentience finally being embedded in UK legislation.
The Government has pledged that the principle will come into law as part of a package of measures on key animal health and welfare issues. The action on sentience would mean that animals are recognised in domestic law as sentient beings, and that the welfare of sentient animals is taken into consideration in Government policy-making.
BVA led a long campaign for the principle of animal sentience to be embedded in law, which saw over 1,200 veterinary professionals signing an open letter in support. However, the progress with embedding the principle stalled with other demands on parliamentary time and the Government is still looking for the right legislative vehicle to introduce it.
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