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Animal Welfare

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 20th January 2020.

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Photo of Chris Matheson Chris Matheson Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Queen's Speech of December 2019 and background briefing notes, what plans she has to bring forward legislative proposals on recognising animals as sentient beings.

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

The Government has committed to bringing in new legislation on animal sentience. Any necessary changes required to domestic law will be made in a rigorous and comprehensive way after we leave the EU. Legislation will be brought forward when Parliamentary time allows.

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