Queen's speech focus on Carrie's animal welfare and climate passions

The Carrie effect: Queen’s speech focuses on environmental passions of PM’s fiancee including law to recognise animals’ feelings, tough climate targets and crackdown on sale of foie gras

  • Queen’s Speech focuses on a range of issues dear to Carrie Symonds’ heart
  • Environment and animal welfare measures at the heart of legislative agenda
  • Several bills protect rights of animals and propose action on climate change 

Boris Johnson’s legislative agenda covers a raft of topics close to the heart of fiancee Carrie Symonds – including a law to recognise animals’ feelings and tough climate targets.

The plans provide more evidence of the influence of the PM’s other half, who is a passionate campaigner on the environment and for animal rights. 

The Queen’s Speech features an Animal Sentience Bill laying out that creatures ‘with a backbone’ can feel happiness and suffer. 

A Kept Animals Bill will ban keeping primates as a pet, increase welfare protections for pets, at zoos and on farms, and crack down on ‘puppy smuggling’. 

An Animals Abroad Bill will ban the import of hunting trophies from endangered animals, and the government will also look at ‘steps to limit the trade and sale of foie gras’.

Making microchips compulsory for around 10million cats is also due to be pushed through in the coming Parliamentary session.

Meanwhile, the programme confirms the target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 78 per cent by 2035 compared to 1990 levels.

Boris Johnson’s legislative agenda covers a raft of topics close to the heart of fiancee Carrie Symonds (pictured together last week) – including a law to recognise animals’ feelings and tough climate targets

Making microchips compulsory for around 10million cats is also due to be pushed through in the coming Parliamentary session 

Ms Symonds is director of communications at the Aspinall Foundation (TAF), and a consultant with NGO Oceana, where she has stressed the threat of plastic pollution (file picture)

And an Environment Bill will introduce a watchdog to oversee legally-binding targets, cut air pollution and boost recycling. 

Ms Symonds is director of communications at the Aspinall Foundation (TAF), and a consultant with NGO Oceana, where she has stressed the threat of plastic pollution. 

The Queen said in her speech unveiling the legislative agenda today: ‘My Government will invest in new green industries to create jobs, while protecting the environment. 

‘The United Kingdom is committed to achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and will continue to lead the way internationally by hosting the COP26 Summit in Glasgow. 

‘Legislation will set binding environmental targets. 

‘Legislation will also be brought forward to ensure the United Kingdom has, and promotes, the highest standards of animal welfare.’ 

Mr Johnson and Ms Symonds share their pet Dilyn the dog, whom the PM takes for a run most mornings

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