Queens’ Speech New Legislation for Animal Welfare: Recognition of Animal Sentience

A historical development to protect animals was announced in the Queen’s Speech. The Government has promised that new legislation which recognises animal sentience in all vertebrates will be enacted. This goes some way to ensure that the UK has and promotes the highest standards of animal welfare. It acknowledges that our society’s understanding of who other animals are has evolved and that our laws must evolve to reflect the new awareness. We must recognise animals as sentient beings with language, intelligence and emotions deserving of legal protection from cruelty and neglect.


Defra Campaign on Puppy Buying (‘Petfished’) March 2020

Defra have launched its campaign to help puppy seekers avoid unscrupulous breeders and dealers. These people masquerade as small time, home breeders but the reality is that the puppies have been bred and kept in very poor conditions. Not to  mention the poor welfare of the parent dogs. This is a major development in improving the standards of animal welfare and protecting the public from the consequences of unethical breeding practices.