#BetterDealforAnimals campaign - Sign the petition today!
Working together in coalition seems something of an anathema in British politics but 36 of the UK’s leading animal protection organisations, have been doing just this to call for a #BetterDealForAnimals.
Naturewatch Foundation has been delighted to play our part in this important campaign to ensure that voiceless animals don’t suffer as a result of inaction as the UK leaves the EU. Under EU law, specifically Article 13 of the Lisbon Treaty, policy-makers are obliged to have regard to the welfare needs of animals when making policy because they are sentient beings. However, the UK government has been slow to publish proposals to replicate this law after Brexit.
What’s at risk? Agriculture trade laws, regulating hormone-treated animals and dairy; consideration of wildlife in infrastructure projects; and the standing of the UK as a leader in animal welfare are all at threat.
Naturewatch Foundation and the coalition of animal welfare organisations took the #BetterDealForAnimals campaign to the Houses of Parliament on 26th February co-hosting a truly cross political party event. In record numbers, 59 MPs and Peers attended the event alongside many political advisers, press, Defra officials and animal welfare representatives. Attendees were pleased to hear speak Defra Secretary of State, Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Labour’s Defra Spokesperson Sue Hayman MP, Liberal Democrat Alastair Carmichael MP, Conservative Zac Goldsmith MP, Labour Nic Dakin MP and SNP Deirdre Brock MP. MP Caroline Lucas has also been actively supporting the campaign tabling an Early Day Motion and attended the event. More than 20 celebrities, including Naturewatch Foundation Patrons Chris Packham and Rula Lenska, have joined the campaign co-signing a letter to the Prime Minister Theresa May calling for action!
We now need your help!
To keep the momentum building and to ensure the government’s warm words are turned into UK law, we have launched an e-petition on the UK Parliament website.
The Wildlife and Countryside Coalition Group Link coordinates the #BetterDealForAnimals campaign. Naturewatch Foundation actively participates in the two of the Link work streams – the Welfare Strategy Group and the Wildlife Crime Working Group. Even if animals don’t have a voice, the millions of supporters backing the combined 36 animal welfare charities do have a strong powerful voice and we will ensure it is heard! Thank you for all your help on this campaign!