Credit Joel Rouse/ Ministry of Defence
Her Majesty's much anticipated speech at the State Opening of Parliament yesterday offered hope for improvements to animal welfare with government pledging
"the highest standards"
which they hope to achieve via a five strand action plan which will look at
Pets & Sporting Animals
and delivered through legislation & reforms.
Recognising that animals are sentient beings in law to be taken into account by ministers making decisions in parliament with an Animal Sentience Committee drawn up.
The implementation of the Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill or Finns Law 2 which increases maximum prison sentences for animal cruelty from 6 months to 5 years.
Possible protections for decapods, crustaceans & cephalopods.
The banning of the import & export of detached shark fins.
The banning of advertising & sale of unacceptable practices abroad.
The exploration of potential action on banning the importation of fur.
A ban on the importation & sale of foie gras
The implementation of the Ivory Act & a possible extension of this act which seeks to protect elephants to other species.
A ban on the importation of hunting trophies from endangered animals.
Ban the export of live animals for fattening & slaughter.
Welfare reforms for animals in transit.
Possible reforms regarding farrowing crates & egg laying cages.
Implementation of The Animal Health & Welfare Pathway.
Legislation which gives the police more power regarding the most serious cases of livestock worrying.
Credit Herbert Aust
Pets & Sporting Animals
Ending puppy smuggling & low welfare imports.
A reduction in the number of pet dogs, cats & ferrets which can be brought in under the pet travel scheme.
Increase the minimum age for commercial or non commercial dog movement into the UK.
A ban on the movement of commercial & non commercial pregnant dogs into Great Britain.
A ban on the movement of dogs with cropped ears & docked tails into Great Britain.
Government taskforce to tackle pet theft.
Compulsory cat microchipping.
Possible microchip reforms such as vets to check chips before euthanasia as campaigned for by Tuks Law
Continuation of the national PetFished campaign to raise awareness of low welfare & illegal supply of pets.
The licensing of animal sanctuaries, rescues & rehoming centres.
Changes to equine identification.
The banning of shock collars.
Possible considerations to raise the welfare standards for racing greyhounds.
The continuation of dangerous dog legislation.
The continuation of high standards of protection for live animals used in science or education.
Credit Domenic Hoffmann
A ban on keeping primates as pets to extend to possibly the keeping of other species.
Consideration for a close season for brown hares & a year round close season for mountain hares.
Increased support to tackle hare coursing.
Possible restriction of glue traps.
Possible restriction on lead ammunition.
A call for evidence on the use of snares.