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Dismay as MPs reject Brexit Bill amendment recognising animal sentience

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By Robin Fearon

Vets and welfare organisations have expressed shock and disappointment as MPs voted not to acknowledge animal sentience in the EU Withdrawal Bill.

The House of Commons voted on 15 November by a slim majority of 18 – with 295 votes for and 313 against – to reject a clause to transfer the EU protocol on sentience into UK law following Brexit.

BVA senior vice president Gudrun Ravetz said the rejection of the amendment brought by MP Caroline Lucas could undermine Britain’s welfare standards.

‘Actions speak louder than words, and this action undermines the Government’s previous promises that the UK will continue …

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