Vets urge EU welfare laws to be copied

The government is being urged by vets and animal welfare groups to honour a commitment to recognise the concept of animal sentience in law before the country exits the EU. Environment secretary Michael Gove’s department said yesterday that including animal sentience in an animal welfare bill was no longer planned due to the complexity surrounding the issue. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said a separate bill would address the issue before Brexit, but declined to give an indication of when exactly this might be. David Bowles, RSPCA head of public affairs, noted: “As there are less than eight months to go before we leave the EU, we are concerned that time is running out for the sentience bill to be introduced and agreed”.

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Posted 08/08/2018