Susan Elan Jones MP has signed an important animal welfare letter which demands that Michael Gove MP, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, takes urgent action to protect animal rights post-Brexit.
The government claim that no existing rights relevant to the UK will be lost when it leaves the EU in March 2019. However, in a Commons vote last week, MPs narrowly rejected Article 13 of the Lisbon Treaty, which recognises animals as sentient beings.
At present, 94 MPs have signed the letter calling on Michael Gove MP to make a statement in the House of Commons guaranteeing the status of animals as sentient beings once EU legislation no longer applies to the UK.
The Clwyd South MP, who has also made formal representations to Secretary of State in relation to this issue, said: “I shall remain steadfastly against any post-Brexit regression with regard to animal welfare and environmental issues. Indeed, I have made many formal representations on animal welfare issues in the past; I will continue to do so at all levels, both in debates in the House of Commons and in written submissions”.