Sue is backing a new #BetterDealForAnimals campaign, to help ensure that animals don’t become victims of Brexit.
The campaign calls for animal sentience to be explicitly enshrined in UK law, as it is in the EU, and for any future legislation or Government policy to fully take into account its impact on the welfare of animals. Without this, the Government’s current planned legislation will weaken protection for animals across the country.
Last year, Sue launched Labour’s animal welfare plan, which committed to enshrining the issue of animal sentience in British law.
“Ask any MP and they will tell you that animal welfare is, by a long way, the number one policy issue in their postbag in terms of pieces of correspondence. It’s a topic that the public care deeply about, and rightly so.
“Preparation for Brexit has dominated both the air-waves and the Government’s legislative agenda for years now, and this has been at the expense of real improvement to our animal welfare laws. We’ve stood still for too long when we have needed to make further progress.
“Twelve months ago, I was proud to launch Labour’s Animal Welfare Plan for consultation. Since then, after more than 6,000 substantive responses, we have been revising our plan and hope to publish a second iteration very soon.
“Labour is the party of animal welfare. From bringing in the ban on fox hunting, to tightening the rules on the transport of live animals, Labour has always been consistent in our leadership on matters of animal welfare. Our vision is one where no animal is made to suffer unnecessary pain and we continue to drive up standards and practice in line with the most recent advances and understanding.
“With new trade deals on the horizon and the UK no longer subject to EU-wide rules on animal welfare, we want to ensure there is comprehensive legislation in place so that the UK becomes the world leader on animal welfare standards.
“That’s why it’s critical that we act immediately to enshrine the principle of animal sentience in law, ensuring it covers all policy areas to prevent practices that expose animals to cruel and degrading treatment.”