The United Kingdom has been making great strides towards promoting plant-based eating in recent years and have been leaders in the realm of animal rights, banning the use of wild animals in circuses and tirelessly fighting to end animal tests for cosmetics.
However, this November 20th, the UK was set back a few decades when the majority of their members of Parliament voted that animals would no longer be recognized as sentient beings. This is an enormous blow to animal rights, and something must be done NOW before animals are allowed to suffer under the law.
A petition on Care2 explains that after many years of fighting at the legislative levels, animal advocates succeeded in classifying animals as “sentient beings” under European law in 1997. This meant that animals were finally recognized under the law as living beings who could feel pain and experience emotions, and any laws, therefore, had to keep this in mind and not infringe on the welfare of animals.
But now that the United Kingdom will be leaving the European Union, this law will no longer apply to them, and this is an incredibly serious issue. Without this basic animal protection law in place, animals will then be allowed to suffer immensely, legally, and we must speak up NOW to stop this.
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