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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
Link: Matt Browne, Head of Policy & Advocacy 

Update from the Group:

Between 2021 and 2024 the Animal Welfare Strategy Group worked to encourage the Government to implement the range of promises contained in its May 2021 Animal Welfare Action Plan.

Two of those promises were fully delivered, in the form of the Animal Welfare (Sentience) Act, which received Royal Assent in April 2022. Link’s briefings (produced through the Better Deal for Animals coalition) to support the passage of this legislation through Parliament can be found on this page.

The Group also helped to support the Animal Welfare (Livestock Exports) Act, banning the live export of farm animals for fattening or slaughter, which received Royal Assent in May 2024. 

For further information, contact Matt Browne, Link's Head of Policy & Advocacy

Last updated: June 2024

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