Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill Update

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Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill Update

We are very pleased to join other animal welfare organisations in celebrating the passing of the Animal Welfare (Sentience) bill on 07 April 2022. The bill will become law later this year and will mean proper legal protection for animals in the UK. It will also see the formation of an Animal Sentience Committee that will hold the Government to account for the welfare of sentient species when making future policies and laws.

This welcome news comes shortly after DEFRA’s announcement that it is launching a consultation on updating and improving equine identification and traceability. This is an excellent opportunity to introduce a more effective system that will mean negligent owners can be more easily located.

To find out more about the consultation and complete an online survey, visit the DEFRA website.

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