Leading animal protection charity OneKind has called on MSPs to support a Motion put forward by Mark Ruskell, MSP for Scottish Greens, on Protecting Animal Welfare after Brexit. Motion S5M-08973 calls for support of maintaining the legal principle of animal sentience in Scotland after Brexit.
It has been tabled following the failure of a Westminster vote last week to maintain the legal principle that animals are sentient beings as part of the EU Withdrawal Bill.
Mark Ruskell MSP, the Scottish Greens’ environment spokesperson, said:
“We are a nation of animal lovers, but the Westminster government has now opened the door to animal suffering in an utterly reckless move to abandon legal protection. There’s a real opportunity for the Scottish Government to step in and ensure that animal welfare remains high on the agenda, at least in one part of Britain, and I’ll be urging ministers to embed hard won European protections for animals into our own laws.”
Today, OneKind is calling on members of the public to contact their MSPs asking them to support the Motion through its website www.onekind.scot
OneKind Director Harry Huyton said:
“We’ve been told repeatedly that Brexit won’t lead to a race to the bottom on animal welfare, yet MPs look set to break this promise at their first opportunity. Animal welfare is a devolved issue, however, so we’re calling on Holyrood to rise to the challenge and lead the way for the UK. A commitment from the Scottish Government to this principle would not only be good for Scotland’s animals, it will increase the pressure on Westminster to follow suit.
After Westminster failed to recognised animals as sentient being as part of the EU Withdrawal Bill, this is Scotland’s chance to show the world that we’re a progressive country that values and protects our animals.”
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