The Animal Welfare Bill recognizes that animals are complex living and sentient beings and therefore their welfare must be considered and protected.
“It’s a great day for animal welfare in the UK,” said Ian Cawsey, director of advocacy and campaigns at Donkey Sanctuary. “Recognizing sentience means these issues can be part of future developments in animal welfare.
“The Donkey Sanctuary will always advocate for policy and legislation that helps protect donkeys,” he added. “This law means we can also advocate for their welfare, which is a great opportunity to take animal welfare to the next level. We look forward to playing our part in ensuring this new law leads to better outcomes for donkeys, mules and other animals.
The Donkey Sanctuary is part of a coalition of more than 50 animal welfare organizations that have worked to push the bill forward.
In the European Union (EU), Article 13 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU stipulates that Member States must take full account of the requirement of animal welfare when formulating policies in certain areas. , “since animals are sentient beings”. However, this principle was not incorporated into UK law after Brexit.
In the United Kingdom, once a bill has passed through all parliamentary stages in the House of Lords and the House of Commons, it is ready to receive Royal Assent, when the Queen formally agrees to transform the bill into law into an Act of Parliament (Law).
The Donkey Sanctuary, which focuses its efforts on equine welfare, research and veterinary care, operates worldwide programs for working animals in agriculture, industry and transportation.