Animal Welfare: EU Law

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 19th September 2017.

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Photo of Daniel Kawczynski Daniel Kawczynski Conservative, Shrewsbury and Atcham

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to recognise animals as sentinent beings in legislation, as in the Lisbon Treaty, after the UK leaves the EU.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The government intends to retain our existing high standards of animal welfare once we have left the European Union. Defra is exploring how the principles of Article 13 of the Treaty of the Functioning of the European Union can apply in the United Kingdom after we have left the European Union. Currently the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill will convert the existing body of direct European Union animal welfare law into United Kingdom law, and this European Union law takes into account the principles of Article 13.

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