REDDITCH MP Rachel Maclean has pressed Environment Secretary Michael Gove on what steps the Government is taking to strengthen protections on animal welfare and animal sentience as the UK prepares to leave the EU.
Mrs Maclean raised the issue after numerous residents contacted her following the vote on new Clause 30 of the EU Withdrawal Bill.
She said the vote against the amendment was widely misinterpreted as it was not an attempt to weaken the protection of animals in the UK.
Laws are already in place protecting animal sentience, as well as a raft of new measures protecting animals delivered by the Conservative Government.
Nevertheless she asked Mr Gove what is being done to ensure the Government goes above and beyond in strengthening animal welfare laws as we leave the EU.
In response he said: “My hon. Friend has been a clear and consistent advocate for higher standards of animal welfare, both before and since she entered this House.
“It is absolutely the case we are committed to ensuring not just that we recognise the principle of animal sentience, but we provide appropriate and stronger protection in UK law. We will shortly be bringing forward proposals on the appropriate legislative vehicle for that protection.”
Mrs Maclean said: “I was grateful to have the opportunity to question the Environment Secretary on the issue of animal sentience after many constituents contacted me on the matter.
“As an animal lover and the owner of my beautiful rescue dog Phoebe, I am committed to making sure the UK retains the highest animal welfare standards as we leave the EU.”