Brexit and animals
A few people have asked me what I think the upcoming vote on whether the UK should stay or leave the European Union means for animals.
On one hand, I don’t feel informed or accomplished enough to give a detailed analysis of how the Brexit decision could affect animals. One the other hand, I think it is crucial that people who are voting on June 23, 2106 discuss the situation, share information and debate topics surrounding the referendum.
I have collated a few news and opinion articles on what Brexit could mean for animal welfare reform, animal protection laws and even animal testing policies.
I have included some links for publications and commentators who I deem as divisive and extreme. You should be able to determine these for yourself from the title should you wish not to click on them.
I would also urge vegans and vegan-friendly people who are undecided on their vote to consider broader issues when it comes to Brexit. Of course animals are a major concern (that is why we are all hanging out here to begin with) but I hope your vote takes into count how Brexit might affect human wellbeing, economical security, freedom of movement, food security and countless other considerations.
Basically, I don’t think your entire decision should be based solely around non-human animals but it is certainly a fucking amazingly important topic for you to consider in your decision.
A fairly basic pros vs cons article that mentions EU role in animal testing ban – The Metro
A racist-laden look at how EU exit could save animals from Halal slaughter – Express
80% of animal welfare laws originate from EU – RSPCA
An in depth look at pros and cons in relation to animal laws – Vegan Life Magazine
Brexit would be disastrous for Britain’s farm animals – Guardian
The EU has worked to end cosmetic testing (amongst other positives) – Independent
Would UK have desire to raise welfare standards outside of EU? – Compassion in World Farming
Brexit is a step backwards for animal welfare – Phil Wilson MP
Please add more links in the comment section below. I’m sure there must be many more opinions and articles on this topic.