So, anyone who's seen my contributions to the Brexit thread will be only too aware of my opinions on that front - but even the flag-wavers Taking Back Our Country through the Will of the People are going to have to admit this is a bit much... MPs have voted to remove clauses in EU law which confirm the sentience - the ability to feel pain and base emotions - of animals as part of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill. That means that there will be nothing in UK law to prevent the mistreatment and outright abuse of livestock and non-pet creatures. It opens the door for everything from making the slaughter process even less humane that it currently is through to unrestricted animal testing for cosmetics and other non-medical products. I'm a meat eater. I've hunted, I've fished, I've butchered. I consider meat critical to a healthy diet, in moderation. If this goes through, though, I'm done with the UK meat industry. It'll be vegan food and whatever wild game I can either hunt myself or purchase from a trusted source. Surely I'm not alone in being outraged by this?