BLOCKERS TO BREXIT: How animal rights activists are generating major trade issues.
Ministers have been told that unless the bill is changed, the government’s proposed animal rights law will create an unelected quango that might veto vital trade deals for Brexit Britain.
The Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill has made news for new provisions that include a prohibition on boiling live crabs and lobsters, as well as a broader goal of preventing brutal deaths for creatures that can think and feel.
Boris Johnson’s new wife Carrie, a notable animal rights campaigner who works for the Aspinel Foundation, a conservation charity, has been linked to the contentious legislation.
One of the primary ideas in the legislation is the creation of a new committee with unelected members with the authority to scrutinize new laws and trade agreements in order to remove anything that might violate animal rights.
Dr Penny Hawkins, head of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCAAnimals )’s in Science Department, Advocacy and Policy Directorate, testified recently that the committee may have interfered with the recent trade deal with Australia if the law had previously been in place.
“Yes, exactly,” she said to MPs when asked if the Australian agreement would have been vetoed. That is why it is critical to thoroughly examine this regulation to ensure that it can make a difference for animals.
“As we all know, article 13 of the [EU’s] Treaty of Lisbon had get-out clauses that permitted animal cruelty to be committed for cultural reasons, for example.
“It is vital that this Bill finally includes enough information to prevent these types of animal cruelty from being legitimized through trade agreements.”
Conservative MPs have expressed concern about this provision of the Bill, which will now be examined in the House of Lords.
“Animal sentience is essential, but giving non-elected organisations a veto when MPs don’t even get it feels wrong,” said Bury South Conservative MP Christian Wakeford.
“Rather than canceling things because we don’t like current methods, we could use these trade agreements to help level the playing field for animal rights.”
“It’s absurd legislation that could undermine Britain’s trade and worldwide reach,” a former minister said, declining to be identified for fear of retaliation from animal rights groups.
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