This is a moment for yodelling ‘At Last‘.
In its Action Plan, the Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill commits to:
- Recognize animal sentience – the capacity of animals to have feelings, including pain and suffering
- End the export of live animals for fattening and slaughter and taking “further steps” to limit foie gras trade
- Bring in “more effective powers” to tackle livestock worrying as part of its Kept Animals Bill
- Stop people keeping primates as pets, improving standards in zoos and “cracking down” on puppy smuggling
We’ve written endlessly on this – that it’s potty to deny animals sentience. If you have had a pet, wandered in nature or watched even one social media clip of a dog/cat/bird/horse/otter/grizzly bear/dolphin/panda/ elephant/orangutan reacting to or initiating some self-entertainment, then it is impossible … just impossible … to refute conscious decision-making, delight-bringing, care-demonstrating capacity of all living creatures.
That we don’t speak their language has persuaded those of our species who traditionally determine such matters that animals lack consciousness. [Odd though: that they understand and react to ours.]
To be clear, we find Consciousness synonymous with Life. Consciousness IS life.
That means feeling joy, pain, loss, scepticism, hunger, cold, confusion, irritability, revenge, love [that’ll do; Ed] are states of awareness experienced by ALL breathing creatures. And it’s going to be validated in law.
At last. #whyzittakensolong ?