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Animal Welfare

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN HL17731, tabled on 4 September 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce legislation that recognises animals as sentient beings after Brexit.

Answered on

9 September 2019

The UK is a world leader in animal welfare. The Government is committed to making any necessary changes required to domestic law in a rigorous and comprehensive way to ensure animal sentience is recognised after the UK leaves the EU. Defra is continuing to engage closely with stakeholders and other Government departments to further refine its policy on animal sentience. We will continue to consider carefully what other tools, processes, and mechanisms need to be put in place to ensure the animal sentience requirements are delivered by the Government effectively in practice.