Really??? Animals don’t feel pain? Bollocks!! Recently, the UK Parliament had the audacity to pass a bill labeling animals as incapable of feeling emotion. This law was meant to distance itself from the EU current legislation which states that all animals have emotions and feelings.
According to The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness states:
“…non-human animals have the neuroanatomical, neurochemical, and neurophysiological substrates of conscious states along with the capacity to exhibit intentional behaviors. Consequently, the weight of evidence indicates that humans are not unique in possessing the neurological substrates that generate consciousness. Non-human animals, including all mammals and birds, and many other creatures, including octopuses, also possess these neurological substrates.”
Meanwhile, David Bowles, The RSPCA Head of Public Affairs, labelled the move ludicrous and also a step backwards for animal welfare in the country. Mr. Bowles recently said:
“It’s shocking that MPs have given the thumbs down to incorporating animal sentience into post-Brexit UK law. Animal sentience is never mentioned in the Animal Welfare Act and, crucially, only domestic animals are really covered by the provisions of the Act anyway and animals in the wild and laboratories are expressly exempt. It is simply wrong for the Government to claim that the Act protects animal sentience. In the EU, we know that the recognition of animals as sentient beings has been effective in improving animal welfare across the region. If the UK is to achieve the Environment Secretary’s objective of achieving the highest possible animal welfare post-Brexit, it must do the same.”
What about domesticated pets?
As for the ruling, domesticated cats and dogs will not be affected by this change. On the other hand, British wildlife are now in serious danger of being targeted by groups aiming to profit from this news. The royal Family has a long history of hunting for sport. Killing animals just for the fun of it. So it would make sense to believe that this new law truly benefits them.