Animal rights activists should be banned from sitting on animal sensitivity committee, say peers


Animal rights activists should be banned from sitting on animal sensitivity committee to prevent ‘voice freaks’ from hijacking bill, according to Peers

  • An amendment clarifying the ban is planned for the Animal Welfare Sentience Bill
  • It aims to prevent government laws from being sabotaged by animal rights groups
  • Critics have warned the bill is poorly designed and the bill is also open to abuse

Anyone who has been involved in animal rights groups should be banned from serving on a powerful new ‘animal sentiment’ committee, peers said, amid concerns over activists hijacking new legislation controversial.

An amendment specifying the ban is planned for the Animal Health Bill to prevent government laws from being sabotaged by “vocal and well-funded animal rights groups,” The Mail can reveal On Sunday.

One of the key measures of the bill, currently under consideration in the House of Lords, will be to establish the committee that will have the power to review all current and past legislation, in all departments.

Anyone who has been involved in animal rights groups should be banned from serving on a powerful new “animal sentiment” committee, peers said. Protesters are seen in London in 2019

Peers say that in its current form, it will have unlimited powers, not limited in scope or time.

Lord Mancroft, who plans to table the amendment to bar animal rights activists from sitting on the committee, said last night: “You can’t let the madman run the asylum.”

Critics have warned the bill is ill-conceived and open to abuse. Conservative Party donors have written to Boris Johnson expressing concern about the implications of the new law, which follows a promise in the Conservative Party manifesto.

Lord Mancroft has said a hypothetical scenario could see activists on the committee canceling Defense Ministry plans to build a strategic site such as Porton Down (above) on the grounds that it could disrupt local vole populations.

Lord Mancroft has said that a hypothetical scenario could see activists on the committee canceling Defense Ministry plans to build a strategic site such as Porton Down (above) on the grounds that it could disrupt local vole populations.

The committee’s aim would be to examine whether ministers have given due consideration to their policies “adverse effects on the welfare of animals as sentient beings”.

MPs, peers, donors and rural groups have warned the committee may seek to block infrastructure or development projects that damage areas populated by deer, badgers or squirrels.

Lord Mancroft has said a hypothetical scenario could see activists on the committee cancel plans by the Defense Department to build a strategic site such as Porton Down on the grounds that it could disrupt local vole populations – and submit all of those decisions governments to judicial review.

He warned that the committee could also turn its attention to past developments, which have seen the destruction of forests.

The bill is designed to legally recognize vertebrate animals as sentient beings and to ensure that their needs are considered in all government policies.

It will create a committee of animal welfare experts to provide advice on how policies have taken animal welfare into account. Government sources said there would be no new direct binding obligation on ministers to always accept these recommendations.

Defra said: “In Scotland, an Animal Sensitivity Commission provides technical and scientific advice. This bill introduces a similar mechanism for the UK government.

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