Sentience

Animal sentience must be recognised in law to protect horse welfare.

Animal sentience must be recognised in law to protect horse welfare.

World Horse Welfare believes that animal sentience should be recognised in law. In the UK, it should not dilute the original EU article, which we are concerned that a Government proposal for a duty on Ministers to report retrospectively – rather than a direct duty – would do. 

We support the view that when policy changes that are likely to have a significant impact on the protection of animals’ welfare are being considered, a prospective assessment of that impact is carried out and due consideration is given to how negative impacts can be mitigated and a clear justification is made for any decisions taken. This assessment should be made public at the time of consultation or when the Statutory Instrument goes forward. In the UK, we believe this can be undertaken by Defra and does not need an independent body to be set-up, however if this is the path the Government chooses to take then we would recommend that consideration should be given to expanding the remit of FAWC.

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