British Government U-Turn Means They Will Acknowledge Animal Sentience in Law After a backlash against the Conservative party’s decision to leave out a crucial part of EU law which recognises animals as sentient beings with feelings, the government has published a draft Bill, which sets out that they “must have regard to the welfare needs of animals as sentient beings in formulating and implementing government policy”. In a move to appease the British public (and perhaps soften their image after party officials have voiced concerns that they an image problem), the new law will also increase the maximum prison sentence for animal cruelty tenfold, from six months to five years in England and Wales. ClickHere ToRead TheRestOf ThisArticle