Petition is successful with 363,231 signatures
To: UK Prime Minister and UK Government
Reverse the decision to exclude animal sentience from the EU withdrawal bill
12/12/17 - We Won!
Great news! Michael Gove, the Environment Minister has drafted a new law to specifically recognise animal sentience.
The result of our campaign is fantastic news, this will keep standards of animal welfare, at the high levels we have come to expect, from a nation with a reputation for compassion and care. I am grateful to the Government for listening to us, and I think we should all be very proud of this achievement. - Dave Babb - Petition Starter
Sky news say:
"Mr Gove has been forced to act after social media campaigns by 38 Degrees, Compassion in World Farming and other groups targeted Conservative MPs, calling on them to reverse their vote against recognising animal sentience."
The bill proposes ministers "must have regard to the welfare needs of animals as sentient beings in formulating and implementing Government policy".
Unveiling his plans after visiting Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, Mr Gove claimed: "As we leave the EU we will deliver a Green Brexit, not only maintaining but enhancing animal welfare standards...Animals are sentient beings who feel pain and suffering, so we are writing that principle into law and ensuring that we protect their welfare."
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