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Brexit: Agriculture and Farm Animal Welfare (European Union Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (17 Oct 2017)

Lord Trees: ..., with regard to the withdrawal Bill and animal welfare, while the Secretary of State has given some assurances about the important legal principles set out in the EU treaties, can the Minister explain, in writing if necessary, which of the principles of animal sentience and environmental laws will be recognised as general principles under the terms of the withdrawal Bill? Importantly, can...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Caroline Lucas: ...in the EU treaties: the precautionary principle, for example, and the “polluter pays” principle. A further regrettable omission from the Bill relates to animal welfare. The protocol on animal sentience which is so vital to our animal legislation was incorporated into article 13 of the Lisbon treaty, but the text of that treaty is not itself covered by the Bill, so the wording...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Justice Bill: Consideration Stage (2 Jun 2015)

Steven Agnew: I thank the Member for his intervention. I was coming to that. I use the term "sentience": when is there sentience in a being? There is life in many things in our world that we do not give value to, and I have to say that, in those early stages of pregnancy, I give more value to the woman's life, health, well-being and choice. We should be informed by the science on where we make the...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Animal Experiments (2 Jul 2014)

Lord Taylor of Holbeach: ...a target for the reduction in the use of animals would be flawed. We are wary of targets which we cannot control, but we do set criteria that can be controlled. In addition, if animals of a lower sentience are used then that may increase numbers.

[Mr David Crausby in the Chair] — Induced Abortion (31 Oct 2012)

Fiona Bruce: ...in the upper limit for abortion for a number of reasons, including improved survival of very premature babies since the Abortion Act 1967, as well as advances in ultrasound imaging, foetal sentience and practice in much of Europe. In 2011 2,729 abortions took place after 20 weeks, with the majority taking place for what are called social reasons. The fact is that medical advances have been...

EU: Directive on the Protection of Animals Used for Scientific Purposes (EUC Report): Motion to Take Note (10 Feb 2010)

Lord Soulsby of Swaffham Prior: ...its inspectoral duties, it also plays an important advisory role, and many of its members are specialists in given fields and may be called upon to advise on issues of physiology, pathology and sentience, for example. It is important that the inspectorate be maintained as well as the professionalism of its members. The inspectorate has recently been audited under the Hampton principles of...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 1 — Amendment of the law relating to abortion (20 May 2008)

John Pugh: ...is conscious, and there is no more significant event in the life of any being than becoming conscious. I note, too, the long and undistinguished history of denying full consciousness, or degrees of sentience, to those whom we choose to exploit, whether it is animals, fellow primates—or slaves. I accept, however, that the area of foetal sentience is a grey one and that the Committee,...

Written Answers — Home Department: Animal Experiments (21 Apr 2008)

Meg Hillier: ...such testing. However, the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 requires that the procedures authorised must cause the minimum possible suffering to the smallest number of animals of the least sentience and we will continue to ensure that these requirements are met in all categories of animal use, including the testing of food additives.

Written Answers — Home Department: Animal Experiments (3 Sep 2007)

Meg Hillier: ..., with no mechanism for reducing animal use. Instead the Act requires that the procedures authorised must cause the minimum possible suffering to the smallest number of animals of the least sentience. The Act also requires that, before a project licence is issued, we must weigh the benefits to humans, other animals, or the environment against the costs to the animals involved. A licence...

Written Ministerial Statements — Home Department: Living Animals (Scientific Procedures) (23 Jul 2007)

Meg Hillier: ...animal use. Instead the Act requires that animal use is kept to a minimum. In addition, the procedures authorised must cause the minimum possible suffering to the smallest number of animals of the least sentience. The Act also requires that, before a project licence is issued, we must weigh the benefits to humans, other animals, or the environment against the costs to the animals involved....

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Termination of Pregnancy (31 Oct 2006)

Nadine Dorries: ...we are morally obliged to reconsider the legality of late abortions. Some Members may question the science of viability and claim that perhaps only a few babies would survive. Some Members may take issue with the point of sentience, waiting for yet more concrete scientific proof. There may even be Members who think that foeticide is an acceptable practice. It is a prescribed practice by...

Estimates 2006-07: Department of Health (3 Jul 2006)

Robert Key: ...a step nearer to implantation, with humanity commencing at 14 days with the appearance of the primitive streak, the precursor to the spinal chord, signifying cell differentiation and the beginning of sentience. I believe that life is a continuum with a genetic line moving ever onwards, unless it dies out through lack of procreation. That, surely, is why we humans are so interested in our...

Scottish Parliament: Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill (31 May 2006)

Rhona Brankin: ...intend to consult further on issues such as electric shock collars and the private keeping of unusual pets. I reassure Irene Oldfather that we will keep a close eye on the current European Union review of the sentience of cephalopods and crustaceans. If evidence becomes available, the Executive will, of course, consider those findings and review our policy. The bill will begin to make its...

Public Bill Committee: Animal Welfare Bill: Clause 1 - Animals to which the Act applies (17 Jan 2006)

Ben Bradshaw: ...of the issue. On 22 December last year, the European Food Safety Authority published the opinion of the animal health and welfare panel on four questions, including on some invertebrate species' sentience and capacity to feel pain, suffering or distress. That report is now with the Commission, which will draft proposals. Those will be consulted on and then go to the European Parliament for...

Animal Experimentation (23 Feb 2005)

David Drew: ...the central nervous system. That is something my hon. Friend might wish to talk about. Finally, the main contribution of the Boyd group report on primates in experiments was to summarise scientific knowledge in areas such as the sentience of primates. There was a good discussion of the moral status of apes and whether an ape is a person, but much of it was not germane to this debate so I...

Animals in Scientific Procedures (17 Oct 2003)

Lord Soulsby of Swaffham Prior: .... So it should be, but it should not be rigid. One criticism made by research workers in the field is the lack of adaptation to developments in modern biological science, such as animal sentience and our better understanding of how animals behave and how we should provide for them in experimental situations. It has also been criticised by anti-vivisectionists for its lack of rigidity. So...

Public Bill Committee: Hunting Bill: Clause 7 - Hare Coursing (13 Feb 2003)

Lembit Öpik: ...that most dogs would not pass a test, if forced to sit one, asking them to identify the difference. By my definition, a rabbit and a hare are not all that different in terms of intelligence and sentience. If one could run the programme ''The Weakest Link'' with hares and rabbits, it seems unlikely that rabbits would come out in an earlier round than the hares. They have evolved to be...

Sustainable Development (12 Jul 2002)

Lord Oxburgh: ...into a new species. But the present rate of extinction is somewhere between 10 and 100 times faster than that found in the geological past. It is no exaggeration to say that if there were some kind of communal animal sentience and awareness, the speed and scale of disaster brought on animals by human beings would appear to them as would a nuclear holocaust to us in terms of land laid waste...

Spring Adjournment (22 May 1989)

Ann Widdecombe: ...all the resources of medical science put at his or her disposal in an effort to save it while another child, of exactly the same age, at exactly the same level of development and with exactly the same level of sentience, can be dismembered alive in its mother's womb. If hon. Members can adjourn for the spring recess leaving a law of that sort on the statute book, there is something...


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