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European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Second Reading (2nd Day) (Continued) (31 Jan 2018)

Baroness Jones of Whitchurch: ...pays” principle in managing our natural assets showed a disregard for the fundamental protections that have made the EU a global environmental leader. As we know, they rejected the animal sentience amendments, which have now been superseded by a separate draft Bill. Many would argue that that would have been completely unnecessary if only the Government had heeded our advice in the first...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Second Reading (2nd Day) (31 Jan 2018)

Baroness Byford: .... I particularly welcome the Government’s recognition of the importance of maintaining standards of animal welfare and for bringing forward the draft animal welfare and recognition of sentience Bill. I know too that there is to be a consultation on fishing and fish stocks. Crucially, this must directly consult with the devolved Administrations. An agriculture Bill is proposed, as is the...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Second Reading (Continued) (30 Jan 2018)

Lord Teverson: ...Rio conference in 1991. This principle is in European statute, and it is important for our environment that we transfer it. I hope the Government will bring forward suitable arrangements on animal sentience within this Bill, not in a following agriculture Bill. Finally, the noble Lord, Lord Krebs, mentioned the report of the energy sub-committee of the European Union Committee that I...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Second Reading (30 Jan 2018)

Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb: .... We must amend and repair this Bill so that it is fit for purpose, and I hope there is sufficient will in this House for that to happen. I shall speak on two issues in particular. First, on animal sentience, there has been a surprising amount of public support lately for this rather technical-sounding principle. We are a nation of animal lovers who understand in our hearts that living...

Previous Business – Commons: Select Committee (17 Jan 2018)

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Draft Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of Sentience) Bill 2017. 9:30 am; The Grimond Room, Portcullis House
Witnesses: Mike Radford, Reader in Law, University of Aberdeen Sir Stephen Laws KCB, QC, former First Parliamentary Counsel Penny Hawkins, Head of Research Animals, RSPCA Science Group Paula Boyden, Veterinary Director, Dog's Trust Michael Webb, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: EU Protocol on animal sentience (16 Jan 2018)

EU Protocol on animal sentience

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Saving for rights etc. under section 2(1) of the ECA (16 Jan 2018)

Robert Buckland: ...about providing a functioning statute book. That is why, as the hon. Lady has acknowledged, the Government have now published draft legislation—the Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of Sentience) Bill—which sets out why we can do it better. It is a significant improvement on article 13; it will impose a clear duty on the state to have regard for animal welfare when considering...

Water Abstraction Regulations - Motion to Regret (15 Jan 2018)

Baroness Jones of Whitchurch: ...will be relevant to the UK, it is clear that Defra will have a significant amount of extra work to carry out between now and March 2019. At the same time, we already have promises for an animal sentience Bill, a fisheries Bill and an agriculture Bill—all of which are expected this year. In November 2015, RSPB and Wildlife Trusts economists said that cuts to Defra’s budget would be...

Trade Bill (9 Jan 2018)

Giles Watling: ...law into UK law: to provide business with certainty and consistency. To my mind, the Bill does just that; it provides a great deal of stability for business. However, in our recent debate on animal sentience, it was clear to me and to many others that existing British law is far more robust than EU law in this area. Therefore, as we go through the Brexit process and consider the trade...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (8 Jan 2018)

Nick Hurd: ...and should be dealt with severely under the law. As he will know, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has published the draft Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of Sentience) Bill, which will increase the maximum penalties available for animal cruelty, including attacks on service animals. The short answer to his question is that of course I would be delighted to...

Scottish Parliament: Wild Animals in Travelling Circuses (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (20 Dec 2017)

Colin Smyth: ...increased regulation or strengthened guidelines; they are inherent to travelling circuses and must be addressed with a full ban. We now have considerably more insight into the intelligence and sentience of wild animals than we did in the past, yet the appalling use of wild animals for entertainment continues. By reducing wild animals to a source of entertainment at the expense of their...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Ritual Slaughter: Animal Welfare (20 Dec 2017)

George Eustice: The Government’s policies on animal welfare have always been driven by the fact the animals are sentient beings. The draft Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of Sentience) Bill published on 12 December 2017 for consultation gives absolute clarity to that commitment. The draft bill does not affect the right of Jewish and Muslim communities to eat meat from animals slaughtered in...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Animal Welfare: EU Law (14 Dec 2017)

Ruth Cadbury: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to incorporate animal sentience principles outlined in Article 13 of the Lisbon Treaty into UK law after the UK leaves the EU.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Regulations to deal with deficiencies arising from withdrawal - Independent Report (12 Dec 2017)

Helen Goodman: ...and I do not think that that will serve them well. My constituents have contacted me—I am sure other hon. Members have been contacted—with their concerns about environmental policy and animal sentience. I know Ministers have another route for dealing with the animal sentience issue. We also have very strong concerns about children’s rights. In September, we had a very good seminar on...

Animal Welfare (12 Dec 2017)

Therese Coffey: ...first ever legislature to implement laws to protect animals, with the Act to Prevent the Cruel and Improper Treatment of Cattle. The Government believe that the direct effect of the principle of sentience is recognised throughout the statute book, but for the avoidance of doubt, I am sure that hon. Members will join me in celebrating this morning’s announcement by my right hon. Friend...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Animal Welfare (12 Dec 2017)

Michael Gove: I am delighted to publish today a draft Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of Sentience) Bill which will reflect the principle of animal sentience in domestic law and increase maximum sentences for animal cruelty tenfold, from six months to five years in England and Wales. This draft Bill will embed the principle that animals are sentient beings, capable of feeling pain and pleasure,...

Plans to Improve the Natural Environment and Animal Welfare - Motion to Take Note (7 Dec 2017)

Lord Gardiner of Kimble: ..., will scrutinise the updated farm welfare codes. We will continue to work closely with Defra’s delivery bodies, including the Animal and Plant Health Agency. Many noble Lords raised animal sentience. I reassure noble Lords that this Government’s policies on animal welfare are driven by our recognition that animals are sentient beings. As my right honourable friend the Secretary of...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Animal Welfare (7 Dec 2017)

Philip Hollobone: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to give animal sentience protection under the law; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (7 Dec 2017)

Michael Gove: ...for higher standards of animal welfare, both before and since she entered this House. It is absolutely the case that we are committed to ensuring not just that we recognise the principle of animal sentience, but that we provide appropriate and stronger protection in UK law. We will shortly be bringing forward proposals on the appropriate legislative vehicle for that protection.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Animal Welfare (4 Dec 2017)

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what priority his Department accords to animal sentience when setting its policies on animal welfare standards.


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