UK passes Animal Welfare Bill recognizing animals as sentient beings

Today, animal rights activists across the UK are celebrating the passage of the Animal Welfare Bill by Parliament.

The new bill recognizes animals as sentient beings and includes a committee dedicated to protecting their welfare.

Celebrities and protection organizations campaigned for weeks ahead of today to promote the essential bill.

Although animals were once recognized as sentient by law in the UK before Brexit, this legislation was not transposed once the UK officially left the EU in 2021.

Additionally, once the bill receives Royal Assent, the new law will be known as the Animal Welfare (Sentience) Act 2022.

UK Animal Welfare Bill

As well as acknowledging that animals have feelings, the Animal Welfare Bill will see the formation of an Animal Sentiments Committee.

The Animal Sentience Committee will have the freedom to review any government policy that addresses animal welfare.

In addition, this council also has the freedom to publish reports on its findings.

Since the original law was scrapped, the Better Deal for Animals group has been formed to campaign to reinstate the bill.

This alliance brought together the main animal organizations in the UK, including the RSPCA and the Humane Society UK.

In a statement, Claire Bass, executive director of Humane Society UK, said: “It has been exactly 200 years since the first UK Animal Welfare Act, so the Sentience Act is a fantastic birthday present for animals.

“This legislation has huge public support, and we are delighted and relieved to see it complete its run through Parliament.”

Additionally, actress and activist Joanna Lumley, who has campaigned to bring back the law, said: “Anyone lucky enough to share their life with an animal knows what a rich emotional life they can lead and how deep our actions can be. affect his well-being, for better or worse.

“I am delighted that this new law means that sensitive animals, including beautiful sea creatures like lobsters and octopuses, will be treated with more respect and care.”

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