The British Conservative Party has voted that animals cannot feel pain, as part of the EU bill, ushering in our Brexit against science.
The Conservatives have already decided to cut down large parts of what makes Britain the country we are proud of. Today the feelings of the animals, and tomorrow could be something much worse.
The British Conservative Party has outdone itself when it comes to neglecting animal rights this week, voting that all animals (outside of humans, of course) have no emotions or feelings, including the ability to feel pain.
Remember that whole campaign against the badger cull and May's attempt to bring back the fox hunt? It was probably all a waste. As the Government begins to shape the EU (Retirement) bill, it has voted to remove EU legislation that considers non-human animals as sentient beings. Once we leave the EU in 2019, it will not only be badgers and foxes that will be threatened by this change in the law, but all non-pet animals. So basically all profitable animals to exploit.
This vote is in contrast to the extensive scientific evidence showing that other animals have feelings and emotions, some even stronger than ours.
But politicians clearly think they know more about animal brains than most scientists on the planet. This complete lack of logic leads me to believe that many of our MPs probably have less intelligence than a jellyfish. But unfortunately I do not have any participation in Parliament to vote through my personal opinions, unlike those Members.
However, realistically, who would be surprised by this new vote? Despite Michael Gove's calls to improve post-Brexit animal welfare standards, we all know that the Government, and indeed the majority of the UK public, don't really care about animals unless they are cute and fluffy. .
This is how we have ended up in a society where throwing a cat in a garbage bag causes national outrage, but most of the population will complain about this while eating a hamburger from the local fast food chain, which probably comes from a chicken that he suffered abuse all his life.
"Animal welfare" in the eyes of the government (and indeed the public) is fraught with double standards. At the moment, 80% of the UK's animal welfare legislation comes from the EU. If we reject the fact that animals are sensitive, why would we bother with the rest? If the government does not believe that animals can feel pain, surely none of their rights will be protected at all.
When we leave the EU, pets will be protected by the Animal Welfare Act 2006. But where does this leave wild animals, those in laboratories and those in other forms of captivity? Just a small example of this is cosmetics testing. Under EU law, it is illegal to test cosmetics such as body wash and nail polish on animals. But this could easily be ruled out as could the recognition of animals as sentient beings.
We're seeing a bleak future for animals, where hunting is reintroduced, labs are free to test animals as cruelly as they wish (and no pain relief), and farms are less and less regulated.
But what worries me most about this development is that it potentially shows the havoc that Brexit could wreak. Voting recognition of animal sanity outside UK law is a big deal, but it has barely been reported in major news agencies. As each EU law is put to a vote, I wonder how many more will be removed without drawing public attention. Why are we not consulted about what laws are changed? Why do they just tell us?
In the next two years, the Government will make a multitude of changes in the hope that when 2019 comes around, our laws will have changed so much that no campaign at that time can reverse the decisions made. Activists will be forced to choose one or two “more important” rights and everything else will go unchallenged.
It will be very difficult to change any and all laws when they are implemented in 2019. However, now it is not too difficult to address every unreliable vote as it moves through Parliament.
In the coming weeks and months, Members will vote on our future. They will vote on the future of other animals, but they will also vote on the future of the environment and human beings. So let's challenge this mock vote on animal sentiments, and challenge the rest of the nonsense that the British Conservative Party tries to throw at us as well.
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