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14 May 2021

Animal Sentience – Job Part Done: A perspective on the Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill from Mike Radford

By Mike Radford, Reader in Animal Welfare Law & UK Constitutional Law Today, the UK Government published its long-awaited Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill (Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill [HL] – Parliamentary Bills – UK Parliament), the latest attempt to incorporate into UK law the duty imposed on the governments of member states under Article 13 of Title ll of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. In doing so, it claims the legislation will “ensure that animal sentience is […]

14 May 2021

The devil is in the detail: A less than warm reception from our legal team to the Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill

By A-law’s Senior Policy Team Whilst we acknowledge the symbolic importance of recognising animal sentience in law, the real importance of this legislation (which is intended to replace Article 13, Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union) is in how to discharge the duty to take into account the welfare needs of animals as sentient beings when formulating and implementing Government policy. We welcome that legislation will recognise the need to consider animal welfare as part of policymaking across […]