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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-13368: Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 14 December 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what impact it anticipates the proposals in the Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of Sentience) Bill will have.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 10 January 2018

Clause 1 of the draft Animal Welfare (Sentencing and the Recognition of Sentience) Bill is intended to require Ministers of the Crown to have regard to the welfare needs of animals as sentient beings when formulating and implementing government policy. This would include matters applying to Scotland, to the extent that they are reserved.

The Scottish Government is considering the extension of this duty to have regard to the welfare needs of animals as sentient beings when formulating and implementing policy to Scottish Ministers as regards matters devolved to the Scottish Government.

Clause 2 of the Bill relates to penalties for animal welfare offences in England and Wales only.