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Preview: Animal welfare to be enhanced with launch of the Animal Sentience Committee and consultation on penalty notices.
The first-ever animal sentience committee was formally launched on May 25 with the appointment of five new members. The Animal Sentience Committee is fully independent and will support Parliament in assessing how well policy decision-making across Government effectively considers animal welfare. The appointment of the five new members marks the next step in the delivery of a key government manifesto commitment to legislate for sentience and builds on the government's strong track record on animal welfare.
The government is also launching an eight-week public consultation on introducing penalty notices to bolster enforcement for animal health and welfare offences - meaning those who commit offences such as importing illegal animal products could face fines of up to £5,000.