Nov 24, 2017

Gove attacks 'distorting' social media after animal sentience row

Michael Gove has hit out at the way social media "Corrupts and distorts" political reporting and decision making following a row about animal welfare. The environment secretary said attacks on MPs over a vote on EU laws on animal "Sentience" were "Absolutely wrong". Mr Gove told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "On social media there was a suggestion that somehow the MPs had voted against the principle that animals are sentient beings, that did not happen, that is absolutely wrong." Mr Gove said there would not be a "Gap" in animal welfare provisions as a result of the vote, once the UK left the EU, because the UK would "Ensure we have stronger protection written into law". British Veterinary Association senior vice president Gudrun Ravetz told the BBC that there was a "Significant difference" between the Article 13 EU protocol, which put a duty on the state to pay full regard to animal welfare when formulating and implementing policies, and the UK legislation, the 2006 Animal Welfare Act, which put the duty on the owner.

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