Statement on Clause 30 vote.

Statement on Clause 30 vote.

 

As you will no doubt know on 15th November MPs voted to reject an amendment to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill.

This proposal by Caroline Lucas was to request that Article 13 of the Lisbon Treaty, which refers to animal sentience, be transferred into UK law in anticipation of leaving the EU.

We made a decision not to call for action on hearing of the amendment’s rejection. While we believe that the sentience of animals should and must be recognised in law, we do not feel that the outcome of the vote in question was a legal denial that animals are conscious and can experience pain and suffering as has been suggested by some.

As we have been contacted by supporters rightly alarmed at developments we are making this clarification.

We were, and continue to be, further concerned that if the intention of the amendment was to transfer Article 13 wholesale then the caveats contained, which allow parties and industry to disregard animal sentience, would also be transferred.

This though is a great opportunity for politicians who have publicly condemned any implication that animals are not sentient to now commit to bringing forward legislation not only recognising the sentience of non-humans but also the rights of non-humans.

In addition we would appeal to them to ensure that this legislation does not allow any consideration other than the rights and welfare of animals when drafting relevant regulation.

We would recommend you contact your MPs and MSPs to request that they act urgently. If you would like suggestions for content please let us know.

Scotland for Animals

Missing the point

The really outrageous aspect of the current advert for a certain bakery chain; An animal enslaved, imprisoned and subjected to a violent death.

The final insult; their remains being wheeled out for laughs.

That’s what’s offensive.

See Animal Equality’s latest UK investigation to see our ‘pig industry’ in action.

CCTV to be mandatory in England from 2018

The UK government has announced CCTV will be mandatory in England’s slaughterhouses from next year.

Details are still being decided, the big thing here is who will have access.

At the minute it looks like it’ll be restricted to abattoir vets and FSA, we hope this will be widened in any final legislation.

Make your voice heard for mandatory, independently monitored CCTV by visiting our campaigns page.

CCTV campaign

CCTV campaign stall in Glasgow again today.

Spoke to some great people, thanks to everybody for support.

We’ll be coming to a place near you shortly. Get in touch if you want to join in and visit our CCTV campaign page for more.

Latest UK death toll

September death toll for UK.

 

89 million, 928 thousand animals slaughtered.

87, 500, 000 poultry

226, 000 cattle

1, 309, 000 sheep

893, 000 pigs

 

Media coverage of fox hunting in Scotland

Media running pieces today about fox hunting in Scotland.

This has been going on for many, many years and will continue until real action is taken.

Strong legislation is needed but this still leaves the issue of enforcement. The behaviour of some elements within Police Scotland towards hunt monitors raises serious questions on their impartiality.

If you want to stop these characters pressure your MSPs to not only change the law but ensure it’s properly applied.

And support your local sab group.

Great support for our slaughterhouse CCTV campaign in Glasgow

Tremendous support for our slaughterhouse CCTV campaign in Glasgow today. Thanks to everybody who passed on their messages demanding that the Scottish Government bring about legislation.

In typical fashion Layla insisted in putting her 10 bob’s worth in too.

Visit our CCTV page for more.

Fox hunting consultation on cards

Umpteen empty promises later a public consultation on the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act is apparently pending.

This is the law that ‘banned’ fox hunting. If you want an example of grandstanding, but effectively unworkable legislation you need look no further.

Some of the MSPs who let this shambles slip through are still in the chamber. Please get it right this time.

Finally

Good to see some other Scottish animal organisations catching up with SfA and finally bringing themselves to support legislation for mandatory abattoir CCTV.

It only took you how many years? Amazing how quickly some jump the wall when they see the wind changing direction.

Don’t worry, we and the rest of the public have already handled all the hard graft. Better late than never though.