Campaigns. It is important that I continue to know the strength of feeling on an issue and I prefer to respond to every inquiry, but the sheer size of campaign correspondence means that it is hard to justify to the tax payer the cost and time taken for individual written replies, so regrettably I will no longer reply to every item of campaign correspondence.  I will  post a response to the campaign on the "Responses to campaigns" page of my website.

I am sorry to do this, as it is rather impersonal, but can see no other way of maintaining a good service for all my constituents unless I approach campaigns this way.


19 MAR 2019

Decapod Crustaceans

Thank you for taking the time to email me about decapod crustaceans and your wish that they are included in the Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill.

As you may know the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) held a consultation on the draft Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of Sentience) Bill which ran from December 2017 to January 2018. The consultation responses were published in August 2018: they included submissions from Crustacean Compassion.

Defra also asked the Farm Animal Welfare Committee (FAWC) to review the scientific evidence submitted during the consultation and provide advice on some of the potential definitions in the draft Bill, including definitions for 'sentience', 'animal' and the 'welfare needs of animals'. The Government is due to respond to a Parliamentary Question (PQ) on its assessment of decapod sentience and the FAWC review but has not done so yet.

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has looked at the draft bill and the Government has responded to its report. The draft bill, Committee report and Government response are linked to below.

Draft Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of Sentience) Bill,

Pre-Legislative Scrutiny of the draft Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of Sentience) Bill 2017

Pre-Legislative Scrutiny of the draft Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of Sentience) Bill 2017: Government Response to the Committee's Second Report,

Thank you for getting in touch and I will be interested to see the government's response to the PQ mentioned.

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