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Declaring animals legally sentient has wide-ranging policy implications. Laws that encourage animal welfare could allow for more sustainable and ethical farming practices, a reduction in climate change, and more effective pandemic prevention.
Animals bring immense value to people, as such, our laws should protect them from exploitation and cruelty.
But the use of cages for poultry and farrowing crates for pigs will not be banned, as many animal advocates called for. Instead, farmers will be given monetary incentives to improve animal health. The UK also promised to uphold animal welfare in its trade deals, but didn’t solidify it into law.
“All of these positive announcements must be supported by a comprehensive method of production labeling, and it is essential that the government ensure these much-needed animal welfare improvements are not undermined by future trade agreements.”
But having the government formally recognizing the sentience of animals is a step in the right direction. George Eustice, the environment secretary, said:
“We are a nation of animal lovers and were the first country in the world to pass animal welfare laws…As an independent nation, we are now able to go further than ever to build on our excellent track record.”
By Nilanga Jayasinghe, Manager of the Wildlife Conservation team at World Wildlife Fund Imagine living in a modern, densely populated city. On any given morning, you might expect to look out your window and see a stream of cars and pedestrians on their daily commute, bustling shops and restaurants selling their wares, or perhaps local […]
Guest Post by Azzedine Downes, President & CEO, International Fund for Animal Welfare IFAW has long been a leader in recognizing the inherent link between biodiversity and climate change, the existential threat both issues pose to life on our planet, and the critical need to address both these threats together. This week, the results of […]
President Biden: "Watch out for the cicadas. I just got one – it got me." pic.twitter.com/jfrik4bgpB — The Hill (@thehill) June 9, 2021 If you live in Washington, D.C. the cicadas are hard to ignore. But this week their mating-frenzied existence reached new levels of intrusion in day-to-day DC. On Tuesday evening, as AP’s Jonathan […]
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