The Veterinary Schools Council has issued a statement regarding the rejection of enshrining animal sentience in law following withdrawal from the European Union.
The statement is as follows:
Sentience is the ability of an animal to experience feelings such as pain and pleasure. The topic of sentience is embedded in the curricula of UK and other European veterinary schools; it is a cornerstone of animal welfare science and underpins the concept of the ‘five freedoms’. The Veterinary Schools Council is committed to recognising the sentience of animals and is of the view that animal sentience should be enshrined in law. The Veterinary Schools Council condemns the decision of the MPs who have rejected the inclusion of sentience into UK law post Brexit.