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"Madam President, this is the report that has taken up the most attention and has had the most amendments and the most debate out of all the things that we have been talking about today: animal welfare. Of course, people feel strongly about it. It touches us emotionally, and it opens the door to what has come to be known as virtue signalling: people using a legislative or political issue as an opportunity to broadcast to the world what very nice people they are. But stand back and ask the question: is it right for sensitive issues – moral issues, one might say – of this nature to be dealt with at a continental level? Is it not precisely matters of this kind, in which opinions run so strongly among our constituents, that ought to be determined through our national democratic mechanisms and procedures? Putting an amendment or signing a resolution might give you a momentary warm glow, but is it really a way of strengthening democratic accountability in Europe?"@en1
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