Michael Gove, has hit in the form of social media “corrupts and distorts the” policy of reporting and decision making after a row over animal welfare.
The environment secretary said that the attacks against the Deputies through a vote on the EU legislation on “animals,” “perception,” “absolutely wrong”.
The Commons vote sparked protests and social media campaign backed by high-profile figures, such as Ben Fogle.
The browser has apologized for the publication of “misleading thread”, but defended the exchange of information on “reports”.
Last week Mps voted not to incorporate part of an EU treaty, the recognition that the animals could feel the emotion and pain in the EU the Withdrawal of the Bill.
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Green party co-leader Caroline Lucas had presented the amendment to the draft law of the EU, which have been transferred to the EU protocol on sentient beings – the capacity to experience feelings – in the right internal.
But the ministers argued that the recognition of animals’, the perception that already existed in the legislation of the united kingdom and the Deputies rejected the amendment.’Raw and authentic’
Mr Gove told BBC Radio 4 programme Today: “In the social networks there was a suggestion that, somehow, the Deputies had voted against the principle that animals are sentient beings, that did not happen, that is absolutely wrong.”
“There is an unfortunate trend now for people to believe that the raw and authentic voice of what is shared on social media is more reliable than what is said in Hansard or on the BBC.
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“More than that, there is a special concern in any way, the belief that somehow outside of the European Union of the democratic institutions can’t do better than we did in the EU. We have to challenge both points.”
He said that the Parliament was “an effective and strong institution that can guarantee the protection of human rights and the rights of animals”.
“We also have to stand up against the way in which the media corrupts and distorts both the reporting and the decision making… it Is important that all of us do that, and that some of those who shared some of these messages in social media have been generous enough to acknowledge … that they may unintentionally pass these messages”.
Among others who shared the material published by the campaign groups that criticized the Deputies were the comedian Sue Perkins, and the Countdown host Rachel Riley.
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Mr Fogle said he accepted the government’s arguments, but insisted that it was not only users of social media to spread inaccurate reports, noting that a large number of newspapers published stories based on the same information.
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Mr Gove said there would be a “gap” in the animal welfare provisions as a result of the voting, once the uk left the EU, because the uk “to ensure that we have greater protection written in the law”. He argued that the EU legislation was “poorly designed” and said that there was “no way in which animal protection can be diminished in any way, in any form or in any form”.
But Ms Lucas said that the government had been “backpedalling” from the vote: “What I said in the house was that they had no need to have an account of my amendment, because this principle of sentience animal was already recognised in uk legislation in the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
“Now that is totally false, wrong and I am very pleased that in the last 24 hours, Michael Gove, and others have been quickly backpedalling and admit that that is not true.”
And David Cameron’s ex-communications director, suggested Mr Gove to reflect on the impact of social media during the referendum of the EU – in which he was a passionate Out of the activist.
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British Veterinary Association senior vice president Gudrun Ravetz said to the BBC that there was a “big difference” between Article 13 of the EU protocol, which laid a duty of the state to pay full regard to the welfare of animals in the formulation and implementation of policies, and the laws of the uk, the 2006 Animal Welfare Act, which put the duty of the owner.
The first was “explicit” about “animal sentience”, the latter was only “implied, about the perception of animals and the vertebrates,”.
“That is a very important principle, we have a duty to animal welfare to the owner and the porter under the Animal Welfare Act, and that it will continue, but what we want to see is that the duty of the state”, he added.
Mr Gove was a relatively late convert to social media, just join to Twitter in June 2016, after he was fired as a minister by Theresa May.
But he has continued to tweet from the meeting with the cabinet this summer.
Hansard is the name given to the daily verbatim transcripts of parliamentary debates in the city of Westminster, that they have been officially printed since 1909 and that are available online also.