Members of Parliament have voted against the inclusion of animal sentience- animals cannot feel pain or emotions, into the EU Withdrawal Bill, according to Independent.co.uk.
Many animal rights activities have backlashed in response to the MPs actions. They have said that the vote undermines Michael’s Gove’s pledge to prioritise animal rights during Brexit.
While animal sentience was dismissed, the government of the UK will be tested to adopt EU laws directly after March 2019. The Government said that during the debate, before the vote that this clause is covered by the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
RSPCA head of public affairs David Bowles told Farming UK “It’s shocking that MPs have given the thumbs down to incorporating animal sentience into post-Brexit UK law.
While the majority of animal welfare legislation comes from the EU, Bowles said that domestic animals were only covered in the Act and the 2006 law does not cover sentience.
Animal sentience was integrated into EU law in 2009 via the Lisbon Treaty, following extensive efforts- campaigns led by animal rights activists.