Environment Secretary, Michael Gove has admitted that animal sentience is not fully protected by UK law.
“The government’s refusal to accept this amendment is simply absurd – and their continued insistence that sentience is covered in Animal Welfare legislation is wrong,” said Green MP, Caroline Lucas.
Campaigners argue that the failure to vote for the legislation demonstrated that the government cared less for animal rights and also showed the its lack of interest in the wellbeing of animals.
What I think
I feel that voting for the recognition of animal sentience out of UK law is a pretty big deal. The government needs to recognise how important this is, not just for the animals but also to educate people and help protect the environment.
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