Animal Defenders International


Animal Defenders International

Help secure a better deal for animals in the UK!

Posted: 21 August 2019. Updated: 4 September 2019

Update, 4 September 2019: Showing the strong public support for the campaign, the 100,000+ signature petition was presented to 10 Downing Street on 3 September. The parliamentary reception the same day included speeches from Animal Welfare Minister Zac Goldsmith and Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Sue Hayman, and was attended by ADI and other groups and supporting MPs - thank you if you asked your MP to attend. The parliamentary debate resulting from the petition was set to take place on 9 September but has unfortunately been postponed to a later date.

Without action from the UK Government, animals will lose their legal status as sentient beings after Brexit. ADI and dozens of other animal protection groups are doing all we can to prevent this from happening but need your help to secure a #BetterDealForAnimals when the UK leaves the EU.

Please TAKE ACTION TODAY and write to your MP using the template letter below.

TOGETHER, we can send a clear message to the UK Government that animals are sentient beings and MUST be recognised as such in law after Brexit.

Template letter to MP

Click here to find out who your MP is and their contact details.

Subject line: Please attend animal sentience reception on 3 September & debate on 9 September


As your constituent, I am urging you to support the recognition of animal sentience in UK law.

This is a matter of huge concern to me. Without legal protections in place, there is a risk that animal welfare will not be considered when formulating and implementing policy or negotiations of trade deals as the UK leaves the EU, and with non-EU countries that have lower standards than our own.

Please support the #BetterDealForAnimals campaign by:

  • attending the parliamentary reception on Tuesday 3 September, 4-6pm. Earlier in the day, a 100,000+ signature petition calling for UK law to recognise animal sentience will be handed in at 10 Downing Street.
  • participating in the debate on animal sentience on Monday 9 September, 4.30-7.30pm.

The UK Government has said many times that it intends to recognise animal sentience in law, but still no legislation has been brought forward.

I hope you will show your support and help ensure animals receive the protection they deserve.

Yours sincerely

© Animal Defenders International 2019