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September 05, 2019 - The Ecologist

Animal sentience after Brexit

Animal sentience after Brexit
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Politicians can’t agree on which animals are sentient enough to be protected after Brexit.

Legal relationships between humans and animals in the UK currently hinge upon two pieces of legislation. The first is the 2006 Animal Welfare Act, which creates a legal relationship between individuals and animals. The second is Article 13 of the Treaty of Lisbon, which creates a legal relationship between the state and animals.

The Animal Welfare Act is deeply anthropocentric, as it is concerned with animals which are used by humans, and, more to the point, animals which resemble humans by having a spine.

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