Animal Sentience Campaign Response
Re: Vote on Animal Sentience
Thank you for taking the time to write to the office of David Drew MP with your concerns regarding the Animal Sentient campaign. Following the brief email from David, I am responding with a more detailed response as his researcher.
The Government’s decision to vote against recognising animals as sentient is not only wrong but troubling. With a move toward leaving the European Union, it is essential that we do not lose the laws that have given the UK credit for being progressive and just. Under Article 13 of Title II of the Lisbon Treaty, the UK currently recognises animal sentience but unless this is adopted by the UK Government after Brexit, there is going to be less accountability for animal welfare.
Labour has a very strong stance in line with animal welfare, advocating in clear opposition of any policies that hurt or demean the life of an animal. In the 2017 Manifesto, Labour outlines its plans to implement further provisions for animal welfare including;
increasing the maximum sentence for those convicted of committing animal cruelty
promote cruelty-free animal husbandry and consult on ways to ensure better enforcement of agreed standards
prohibit the third-party sale of puppies, introduce and enforce a total ban on ivory trading, and support the ban on wild animals in circuses
cease the badger cull
It is because of the recognition of animal sentience and compassion of the Labour government that led to the banning of fox hunting, deer hunting and hare coursing.
Laws hold Governments accountable, which is why David supports your campaign and will continue to advocate for animal rights and welfare protections.
For David Drew MP