An opportunity for real change is approaching, and now is the time to make our voices heard. The vote to decide our new farming laws following Brexit is almost upon us.
Although these are uncertain times, one thing is for certain: The animals cannot speak for themselves.
We have just over 100 days before the UK's transition period will end. As it stands, we are still without the framework to protect animal welfare in trade and recognise them as the sentient beings they are.
September 16th is the day that the House of Lords will vote on the new Agriculture Bill – making it a historic day for animals.
Your Voice Matters
All you have to do is follow these three simple steps:
Step 1 – copy/paste the text in the box below into an email with the subject line Re: Please demand a #BetterDealForAnimals: animal welfare in trade and animal sentience
Step 2 – visit https://www.writetothem.com/ And find the email address for your MP
Step 3 – can we amend to send your email and help us to make history and ensure a #BetterDealForAnimals
Dear <MP name>,
With just over 100 days to go until the end of the UK’s transition period leaving the EU, I am writing to ask for your urgent action on two important pieces of legislation needed to ensure our animal welfare standards are improved, not eroded, from 1st January 2021.
Firstly, the Agriculture Bill provides an opportunity to safeguard UK animal welfare standards in trade, and stop our supermarkets, shops and restaurants being flooded with animal products produced using cruel methods that are illegal here, such as barren battery cages for hens and sow stalls for pigs.
I am very concerned that so far the government has refused to put this safeguard into law. Please support an amendment to the Agriculture Bill that will ensure that all post-Brexit food imports meet or exceed the UK’s animal welfare, environmental and food safety standards.
Secondly, I am extremely surprised and disappointed that despite many promises, including from the Prime Minister, the government has not yet passed a law recognising animal sentience and creating a legal duty to protect animal welfare when policies are made and implemented.
Please urge the government to prioritise an Animal Sentience law, and ensure that the law establishes a new Animal Welfare Commission formed of the best independent animal welfare scientists and experts who can help ensure that the law is robustly upheld.
It’s that simple!
When we look back and animal welfare and sentience are enshrined in law, and our high standards maintained, you will know that you played a pivotal role in making this change happen.