(ed: the economics-rationales/imperatives behind this denial of basic facts by mps are clear to see..
‘cos if you start recognising in law that animals are sentient/feel pain/emotions..
soon there will be questions about the ‘rights’ of farming them..
subjecting them to high degrees of pain/distress – as industry norms..
and of course – questions around eating them..
and we can’t have that – can we..?..
and of course the impending arrival/widespread-uptake of plant-based meats/milks indistinguishable in taste/texture to real animal-flesh – (and cheaper to produce/buy) – removes the last reason/excuse to subject animals to such cruelties/suffering – i.e. ‘they taste good’…
and this largely sounds the death knell for the animal-exploitation based new zealand farming industries – they will have to start growing real food instead of real animal-flesh..)
MPs have voted to reject the inclusion of animal sentience – the admission that animals feel emotion and pain – into the EU Withdrawal Bill.