As part of the 2021 Queens Speech the government has made a commitment to deliver "the highest standards of animal welfare". The plan/s are for the United Kingdom to become a "global leader" when it comes to the welfare of animals and to set "high standards for others across the world to follow". The Government's Action Plan for Animal Welfare can be seen below.

  • Recognising animal sentience - the capacity of animals to have feelings, including pain and suffering - in law through the Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill
  • Ending the export of live animals for fattening and slaughter and taking "further steps" to limit foie gras trade
  • Bringing in "more effective powers" to tackle livestock worrying as part of its Kept Animals Bill
  • Also using the bill to stop people keeping primates as pets, improving standards in zoos and "cracking down" on puppy smuggling
  • Bringing in and improving the current databases.

The Government has also mentioned the possibility of banning the import of animal trophies from abroad, something which our friends at the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting have been campaigning tirelessly on these past few months.

While Keep The Ban welcomes these proposals we urge the Government to take more action when it comes to the persecution of wildlife. Existing legislation banning the hunting of foxes, deer and hare (2004 Hunting Act) is frequently and deliberately flouted by hunts who claim to be following "trails" as opposed to pursuing live mammals. We continue to call for the Hunting Act to be strengthened if wildlife is to be protected and hunts deterred from illegally chasing and killing iconic British mammals. You can sign our petition here to strengthen the Hunting Act or read more about our campaign work here.

We are also supporting the campaign led by Animal Aid and the Hunt Investigation Team to ban the use of free-running snares.

The Government should prohibit the sale, use and manufacture of free-running snares under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, putting them in the same category as self-locking snares, which are already illegal. We believe that people setting free-running snares cannot ensure animal welfare as required under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, that such snares cause unnecessary suffering to mammals, are indiscriminate and should be banned.

You can sign the petition to ban snares here.

Rob Pownall

Founder of Keep The Ban