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Government drafts Bill on animal sentience

Responding to the campaign to enshrine Article 13 of the Lisbon Treaty into UK law, the Government has today (12 December) published a draft Bill, which sets out that the government “must have regard to the welfare needs of animals as sentient beings in formulating and implementing government policy”.

The draft Bill goes further than Article 13 as it applies to all areas of government policy, rather than specified areas of policy.

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