Environment Minister George Eustis told the Sunday Times that “all animals with invertebrates” are legislated by the UK as vertebrates are sensitive.
The new law is expected to be II. Queen Elizabeth II announces in her traditional government statement on Tuesday.
Animals are aware of their feelings and emotions, are able to feel joy and happiness, and the law emphasizes suffering and pain. The minister says Britain wants Britain to be a world leader in animal rights and that backbone law is a pillar of that strategy.
Other bills prohibit the importation of hunting trophies, the export of live animals, and the keeping of animals as pets. As part of the animal welfare strategy, the government wants to achieve a ban on fur imports and the use of microchips in domestic cats. They also want to put an end to the brutal killing of pigs.
According to Eustace, all of these send an important signal to the world. Many changes, including a ban on livestock exports, became possible only after Britain withdrew from the EU, he said. The minister also stressed that Boris Johnson was the first Prime Minister to make the issue of animal welfare a part of government policy.
Opponents of the plans say Johnson stands for animal rights only because of the personal views of his fianc மனைவிe Gary Symonds. However, according to the environment minister, the prime minister, like Symonds, a former Conservative spokesman, was “emotional” about the issue.