Members of parliament voted not to include specific recognition that animals feel pain and emotion in UK law.
In a vote on 21 November 313 members of parliament won the vote against the inclusion in UK law that animals are sentient beings.
In current European Union law, animals are recognised as sentient beings meaning they are able to feel pain and emotions.
The vote against the inclusion means this will not be included in UK law after we leave the EU.
Amongst those who voted against the inclusion were MP Conor Burns for Bournemouth West and MP Tobias Ellwood for Bournemouth East.
MP’s for Dorset Mid, West, South and Poole also joined Burns and Ellwood in voting against the inclusion.
Conor Burns said in a statement: “I voted as I did because EU law on animal sentience is not robust enough and must not become the benchmark.”
Burns also stated people were “plain wrong” to claim he doesn’t care for animal protection.
Whilst Burns insists that article 13 is a “faulty amendment” many animal campaigners are left furious after the vote.
“we don’t believe the issue of animal sentience is covered sufficiently in existing legislation”
The recognition of animals as sentient beings has helped achieve in the EU;
- the end of animal testing for cosmetics
- a ban of unsatisfactory battery cages
- and a ban on the import of seal products.
The vote leaves many worried about the future welfare of wild and laboratory animals including RSPCA Press Officer Suzanne Norbury who said: “we don’t believe the issue of animal sentience is covered sufficiently in existing legislation”.
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