I am not usually the most political of animals. Generally I prefer to put all my energies into my healing work and grandchildren. It doesn't leave much time for paying heed to the political squabbles of the day. However, I felt a deep anger boiling up inside me earlier today when I read on the internet about a petition going around to repeal an amendment UK that MPs have just voted on which would scrap key animal protections. Basically, the MPs are claiming that animals can't feel emotions or pain. This vote strips animals of the rights they had under EU law as sentient beings, which is a foundation stone of animal welfare.
As an animal communicator and healer, I know with every cell of my being that animals feel just the same emotions as humans. Sadness, joy, delight, irritation... In fact, many animals go one better than humans in that they are capable of unconditional love. Something which is extremely rare in the human species.
I've worked with animals suffering traumas and depression from cruelty and neglect; I've worked with animals who take on the illnesses and stress of their human guardians to relieve their human friends of it.
Whether you're a Brexiteer or a Remainer, surely we all want Britain to forge a better, kinder version of itself as we go forward. Why can't we take this opportunity to increase the protections on animals? To massively boost our environmental standards? We could lead the world in this way. Be trailblazers for animal rights and the environment.
EU law protects animal welfare and I do not want a Brexit Britain that treats animals like commodities that exist purely for our benefit. As it says in the petition, the only reason to deny animal sentience would be to make it easier to exploit them. Strip away that recognition and there’s no reason to worry about animal testing, barbaric hunting games, and gruesome slaughterhouses.
The vote narrowly passed in parliament and will go to the Lords. The online petition is about giving the Lords the backing they need to overturn this amendment as well as the loud message that the British people do not want a callous Britain.
If you feel as certain as I do that animals are most definitely sentient beings who have feelings and emotions, I would urge you to sign this online petition and pass it around to all your social platforms.