When the far-right Brexiters say they want to get rid of 'EU red tape', they mean laws designed to protect the rights of animals are inconvenient for their business interests.
Britain has a long history of leading the way on animal rights in Europe. But the rise of the extreme Brexiters would turn the clock back. Animals shouldn't be made to suffer. They need the protection of law because they can't protect themselves.
Back in November, parliament voted against adopting an EU law that recognised animal sentience (the ability for animals to feel emotion and pain) – in the EU Withdrawal Bill. This sets a dangerous precedent for animal rights legislation going forward.
We can stop the bonfire of animal rights and protections if we stop Brexit. EU legislation ensures humane and responsible treatment of animals. 80% of our current animal welfare legislation started with EU law, with the UK's MEPs and governments having a say in how the rules were made.
If the extreme Brexiters get their way Britain loses its leadership on animal rights in Europe, we will lose the hard-won protections we already have for animals. Join us and join the fight to stop this.