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Animals to be formally recognised as sentient beings in domestic law

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https://www.gov.uk/government/news/animals-to-be-formally-recognised-as-sentient-beings-in-domestic-law#:~:text=Vertebrate%20animals%20will%20be%20recognised,Bill%2C%20introduced%20in%20Parliament%20today.&text=The%20Bill's%20introduction%2C%20fulfilling%20a,world%2Dleader%20on%20animal%20welfare.

The legislation will also ensure that animal sentience is taken into account when developing policy across Government through the creation of a Animal Sentience Committee which will be made up of animal experts from within the field.

By enshrining sentience in domestic law in this way, any new legislation will have to take into account the fact that animals can experience feelings such as pain or joy. The Bill will underpin the Government’s Action Plan for Animal Welfare, which launched yesterday and sets out the government’s plans to improve standards and eradicate cruel practices for animals both domestically and internationally.

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