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Animal Welfare

The Animal Welfare Strategy Group seeks to raise the UK Government’s commitment to animal welfare.

Chair: Claire Bass, Humane Society International
Vice Chair: Emily Wilson, Four Paws
Link: Matt Browne, Advocacy Lead

Update from the Group:

The key focus of the Animal Welfare Strategy Group is our Better Deal For Animals campaign, pushing the Government to bring forward, as a matter of urgency, legislation that recognises animals as sentient beings and ensures their protection post Brexit. Led by Link, the campaign brings together 50 of the UK’s largest and most effective animal protection groups.

We are delighted that the Government has now responded to the campaign, announcing an Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill in May 2021. Over the months ahead we will be working hard to ensure that the Bill becomes the gold-standard for animal welfare legislation. Our briefings for the bill, produced as part of the Better Deal for Animals campaign, can be found on this page.

The Animal Welfare Strategy Group also works to promote a range of other measures to improve the welfare of animals, including a ban on lead ammunition and the inclusion of positive welfare measures in post Brexit trade deals.   

For further information, contact Matt Browne, Link's Advocacy Lead

Last updated: 12 January 2022

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