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UK's animals no longer recognised as sentient beings

Hi all

Hope you are all well.   Sorry for the rushed post, still snowed under with the house move :-(

Anyway, I thought you would be interested in this Compassion in World Farming petition.  I've copied this from their website.  Link at bottom of page xx

By current European law, animals are recognised as sentient beings, acknowledging their ability to feel pain, suffer and also experience joy. No one who has seen a cow going outside for the first time after a winter indoors, a hen dust bathing, or a pig wallowing in a fresh patch of mud would disagree with that. The law says that as animals are sentient beings, full regard must be given to their welfare when creating new legislation or regulations.

Securing this status for animals was a massive step forward for animal welfare in 1997. It was the biggest campaign Compassion has ever run. The recognition of animals as complex and intelligent creatures has been the cornerstone of European animal welfare legislation since that time, and the basis for so much of the progress we have made together.

So what’s the problem?

The Repeal Bill, which moves all European law into UK law once we leave the EU, has left out this important protection. It is completely absent; both the recognition of animals as sentient beings, and the requirement for governments to pay “full regard” to their welfare.

Once the UK leaves the EU, we cannot be sure that future Governments will still treat animals as sentient beings. Please demand that the clause is brought into UK law.

This could be a disaster for animal welfare. We cannot let this happen. Please sign this petition calling on Michael Gove to take urgent action.



  • undautriundautri Senior Member
    thanks Bonnie - ive signed it
    good luck with the move
    xx kath
  • BonnieBonnie Senior Member
    Thank you Kath xx
  • sandiesbrahmassandiesbrahmas Super Moderator
    I donate to CiWF and have already signed.

    Hope the house move is on track.....it's such a stressful event.

    As the UK has better standards of animal welfare than  many countries, I'm hoping that standards of animal welfare will improve.....but that's only going to happen if folk show that's what they want. 


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