Queen’s Speech: Government must keep animal health and welfare on the agenda, say vets

Date: 
Thursday, December 19, 2019
Source: 
BVA

We welcome the strong commitment to introducing legislation to recognise animal sentience and are calling on the government to keep animal welfare high on the agenda during the next Parliament

We are calling on the government to keep animal welfare high on the agenda during the next Parliament.

There is no explicit mention of animal health and welfare measures or legislation in the full text of the Queen’s Speech, but background briefings have set out plans to reward farmers for animal welfare as a public good (Agriculture Bill), to ensure animals are recognised as sentient beings, and to end excessively long journeys for slaughter and fattening.

We have been at the forefront of the campaign for animal sentience to be enshrined in UK legislation, meaning 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.

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