Media covers meat from unstunned animals in food chain

Media running articles today about meat from unstunned slaughter entering the food chain.

Scotland for Animals exposed this issue in 2013.

Please make no mistake, the steady worsening of this situation isn’t just down to self-serving politicians. Blame also lies with animal welfare groups.

Some have not just turned a blind eye but, to their shame, enabled the non-stun industry by trying to silence critics of this method of slaughter implying that they’re motivated by racism.

See one of today’s articles here.

Visit the SfA campaign page.

labour party consult on animal policies

The labour party today launched a consultation on proposed animal welfare policy.

We welcome the inclusion of issues on which Scotland for Animals has led campaigning such as the labelling of meat from animals slaughtered without stunning.

On the other hand we’ve heard it all before.

The document’s claim that “Labour is the party of animal welfare” is also in our view questionable.

SfA believe from experience that none of the parties represented in the UK and Scottish parliaments, nor the Welsh and Northern Irish Assemblies, are particularly interested in animal welfare.

Grassroots members and individual MPs, MSPs, AMs and MLAs excluded.

We would however encourage supporters to provide the party with their thoughts and suggestions. Let’s give them their due for putting this to the public.

If you’re submitting views please ensure that you clarify that improvements are reliant not only on legislative change but on proper enforcement.

Click here for consultation

Scottish government announces it will oppose a ban on live exports

The Scottish government has announced that it will oppose a ban on the live export of animals.

Cabinet Secretary Fergus Ewing has stated that Scotland will neither support, nor participate in, moves to end the practice.

The current administration have been on a charm offensive trying to con all of us into believing that they’re ‘leading the way’ on animal welfare. These chancers could not care less.

Scotland for Animals cautioned that the new found conscience at St. Andrews House was smoke and mirrors. They couldn’t keep the mask on for long.

live export of animals causes suffering and misery. The Scottish government might support this but the Scottish people won’t.

let them know that they do not speak for us on this issue and that they must support a ban.

Contact Nicola Sturgeon:

scottish.ministers@gov.scot

St. Andrew’s House
Regent Road
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG

UK death toll, December 2017

UK death toll

December 2017

84 million, 907 thousand+ animals slaughtered

208 thousand+ cattle

1 million, 382 thousand+ sheep

817 thousand+ pigs

82 million, 500 thousand+ poultry

Monthly death toll

Monthly death toll

November 2017

241 thousand cattle

1 million, 255 thousand sheep

984 thousand pigs

83 million 700 thousand poultry

Shock collars to be banned

Campaign to outlaw electric shock collars has paid off. The Scottish Government has at last decided to take steps to ban their use.

Of course, the detail of any legislation will be vital.

Ban on use of wild animals in travelling circuses

SfA welcomes the Scottish Parliament’s vote to ban the use of wild animals in travelling circuses.

As previously outlined however we’re disappointed that changes to law won’t include domesticated species. The type of animal now overwhelmingly exploited in ‘performances’.

It’s of further concern that static circuses won’t be covered.

This battle is far from won.

Our respect to the MSPs who spoke out for further legislation to widen the scope of protection.

Ask the Scottish government to take the lead on animal sentience

The UK government yesterday announced plans to legislate for the explicit recognition of animal sentience.

The Bill, if enacted, would require that “regard” be taken to the welfare implications of this sentience when formulating and implementing government policy.

As this proposed duty would apply to Ministers of the Crown devolved decisions would not be covered.

Scotland for Animals welcomes the proposed recognition. We would however like to see the Scottish government go further.

There has been a substantial amount of comment from many Holyrood politicians with regards to this issue. Here’s their chance to now turn words into action.

Scotland for Animals calls on Ministers to commit to bringing forward a Bill to legislate, if animal sentience is recognised in UK law, for their welfare needs as sentient beings to be given not only regard but priority in any relevant policy or legislative decisions.

 

We need you to ask First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to commit to Scotland leading the way.

 

Please feel free to personalise this suggested message:

Dear Ms Sturgeon,

I am writing regarding the publishing of a Draft Bill by the UK government proposing to recognise animal sentience.

The Bill further proposes that this be given regard by Ministers of the Crown when formulating and implementing policy.

I would be grateful if you could please confirm whether, should the Draft Bill be enacted, your administration will commit to bringing forward a Bill to legislate for the welfare needs of animals, as sentient beings, to be given not only regard but priority in any relevant policy or legislative decisions by Scottish Ministers.

 

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon can be contacted at scottish.ministers@gov.scot

Or by post:

The Scottish Government
St. Andrew’s House
Regent Road
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG

 

Thank you.

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