Robert Halfon speak out over vote against animal welfare

News / Thu 23rd Nov 2017 at 04:17pm

ROBERT Halfon speaks out against claims that vote against Brexit Bill amendment was a vote against animal welfare

Today, Robert Halfon published his open letter about the vote on New Clause 30 in the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, relating to EU legislation on the protection of animals and their nature as sentient beings.

Mr Halfon had been contacted by a number of constituents, as had many Conservative MPs, concerned that their vote against the amendment would reduce protection for animals in UK law after Brexit.

Robert Halfon said:

“A vote against the amendment was not a vote against animal welfare or the idea that animals are sentient beings. It is a complete misrepresentation and completely inaccurate.

I am voting against every amendment to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill to represent the views of my constituents, 68% of whom voted to leave the EU, and to ensure the smooth progression of the Bill and Brexit.

The UK is a world-leader in animal welfare legislation and will continue to strengthen the legislation on leaving the EU. The EU law in question has not delivered the progress that we want to see and it has failed to prevent procedures across the EU which are cruel and painful to animals.”

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