New Zealand Now Recognizes ALL Animals As Sentient Beings! – Eco Snippets

New Zealand Now Recognizes ALL Animals As Sentient Beings!

New Zealand Now Recognizes ALL Animals As Sentient Beings!

New Zealand has just set a great example to the world by recognizing what animal lovers have known forever- that our furry friends are as sentient as we are, and (obviously, dur) they have feelings just like we do. It’s a theme we have covered time and again, but this landmark ruling by NZ is the first time this shift in perception and policy has been extended to all animals, not just chimpanzees, orangutans, or dolphins.

The Animal Welfare Amendment Bill, passed last month, aims to make it easier to prosecute people in animal cruelty cases, as well as banning animal testing and research.

Animal rights activists have celebrated the decision. “To say that animals are sentient is to state explicitly that they can experience both positive and negative emotions, including pain and distress,” said Dr Virginia Williams, chair of the National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee. “The explicitness is what is new and marks another step along the animal welfare journey.”

New Zealand Veterinary Association president Dr Steve Merchant said the bill greater clarity, transparency and enforceability of animal welfare laws, according to the country’s regional newspaper the Nelson Mail.

“Expectations on animal welfare have been rapidly changing, and practices that were once commonplace for pets and farm stock are no longer acceptable or tolerated,” he said. “The bill brings legislation in line with our nation’s changing attitude on the status of animals in society.”

You can read the entire Bill here. Let’s hope the rest of the world follows suit! Article via TrueActivist.

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Is this an article from ‘The Onion’? All animals are sentient are they? Does that make it illegal to use insect spray or to step on an ant? What about all those poor tardigrades that we swallow whole!

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    Insects aren’t animals.

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    Chris Stork ummmmmmmmmmmm you may wish to reconsider that comment.

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    u shouldnt use insect spray or squish bugs. Bee’s are especially intellegent. Insects are considered animals

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    at least try not to, i catch myself swatting mosquitos and accidentally killing them for sure

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AND OF COURSE,RATS,MICE,WEASELS ,FERRETS RABBITS,POSSUMS,FERAL CATS,RABID DOGS ETC ETC ..NATURES PARADISE.

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Patricia Jackson

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But not the ones that taste good

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we already know this, changes nothing..bigger fish to fry…we are destroying this planet…and ALL the life on it

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its kind of pointless to fight within the enemies rules.. they made the rules to allow them to win, no mater what rules you make within their rules, they have the counter rule already worked out. this is how pyschopaths think, and how they work the long game.

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I have always believed that all animals deserve my respect and my kindness. There are some that I don’t care for but I’m still kind and respectful. It’s the same with people <3

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have to give thought to all the creatures in the sea every time some missile is tested and comes crashing down in the water? Must be damaging the seabed too…What inspections are carried out by the marine biologists afterwards I wonder?

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Love New Zealand for many reasons and this is just another fabulous one!

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Go New Zealand! About time that ALL countries recognised this.Would that stop people from being so cruel to animals? Or at least make them pause before they commit some act of cruelty?

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    Hi Allysen from Delia, ex Taruna student! X

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Hoping this gets policed, unlike the crimes against humanity go unpunished, every day

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So does this mean no more live exports ?? !! 🙁

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Next step – recognise all plants as sentient beings.

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There is hope for plants yet!

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New zealanders eat a lot of lamb. Is everyone going to become a vegan?

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They have always been. Anyone who says otherwise needs some education badly.

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Jesse, though it’s from 2015.

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As they drive around in cars with their pets they own ??

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Yep great news but at the same time they continue dropping tons of 1080 (Sodium fluoroacetate) out of helicopters and killing animals, wild or domestic without any discimination!!

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So does this mean NZers will no longer eat meat? By the time a child starts school he/she understands all animals can feel fear and pain. What does this recognition actually say? We won’t beat you, but we will eat you?

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Sorry,
A) This is simply not true. There has been no law passed in NZ.
B) New Zealand is one of 2 countries in the world that regularly poisons it’s wildlife, native as well as introduced without distinction, with 1080 or Broudificoum!
If this item was true then obviously our government would be guilty of genocide!!!

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    On May 5, 2015, the New Zealand Parliament unanimously passed the Animal Welfare Amendment Act (No. 2) 2015, which includes an amendment to the long title of the principal legislation, the Animal Welfare Act 1999, in order to specifically recognize animals as sentient

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    Hmm, so they are guilty of attempted genocide!! Excellent

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Absolutely. Congratulations to NZ for leading the way.

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Knowing I am different and separate from some other mass of molecules

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Alyssa Maree VandeGeer

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Definitely a SHARE

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There are those homosapiens to which this need not apply. 😉

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No more slaughterhouses!

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So the dairy industry is closing down in NZ?!

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Please Stop rodeos they do terrible harm to horses, calves, and bulls.Strapping them around their groin, poke them with electric proders, spur them,

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Chelsey Pacanins

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Exciting… not. And this means exactly what for the millions of ‘sentient beings’ who are annually killed, maimed, abused in the name of profitable agribusiness.

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Yes, but nothing changed….

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Apart from two highly endangered species which are still commercially harvested (Reid and whitebait) and we haven’t even brought a shark finning ban in fully yet !

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Yes but then use the devastating compound
1080 to poison it’s wildlife

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I am here in NZ
This is news to me

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Yet they’re still chucking 1080 around like it’s candy.

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https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/sentient

Of course they fucking feel things. Life energy makes no distinctions in it’s physical forms.

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Now let’s work on realizing that plants are as well.

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So where is the rest of the world ???

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Even more reason that I’d like to live there.

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    Then let’s go!

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    It’s a nice place, at least, out of the cities it is.

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…and yet continues to murder them in their millions via the meat and dairy industry! Bit of a misnomer really!

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sure they do ,ants have souls to, wouldnt be killing with 1080 if that were true

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no more slaughterhouses..

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Never doubted it.

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    You SHOULD. im a nz’er. Its lies!!

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    Animal sentience
    The National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC) acknowledges the official recognition of animal sentience within the Animal Welfare Act in 2015. Sentience is the ability to perceive or feel things. The understanding that animals are sentient has always been integral to NAWAC’s development of the codes of welfare and the minimum standards contained within them. With sentience now formally recognised within the Act, NAWAC will continue to integrate the concept of animal sentience into future codes and standards as they are developed and reviewed.

    https://www.mpi.govt.nz/protection-and-response/animal-welfare/codes-of-welfare/

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where do these greens stand with 1080?? no loud demos ?? or is that too sensitive down there in that beehive thing

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    Greens support DOC.

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So it logically follows that there’ll be no more 1080 drops

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Um I don’t think this is true

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    Animal sentience
    The National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC) acknowledges the official recognition of animal sentience within the Animal Welfare Act in 2015. Sentience is the ability to perceive or feel things. The understanding that animals are sentient has always been integral to NAWAC’s development of the codes of welfare and the minimum standards contained within them. With sentience now formally recognised within the Act, NAWAC will continue to integrate the concept of animal sentience into future codes and standards as they are developed and reviewed.

    https://www.mpi.govt.nz/protection-and-response/animal-welfare/codes-of-welfare/

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    Surya Llwynog so it a piece of legislation that acknowledges common sense and holds no real ground within this Country.
    Useless waste of paper if you ask me

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    How NZ applies it is by the by . its still true .

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    Surya Llwynog that’s the catch they dont apply it so it means nothing

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    You cant truly apply it and have animal agriculture as far as I am concerned . Anyone who fully recognises animal sentience would turn vegan

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    Surya Llwynog thats my whole point not only agriculture also pest control in this country whose aim is to eradicate anything that isn’t native to this country through one of the most Inhumane methods thinkable so if people think NZ is some awesome Country who treat animal welfare as a top priority have been grossly misinformed.

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    Its a step in the right direction . Real change comes from individuals .

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    Surya Llwynog mhmm like Clean Green NZ right

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    Surya Llwynog if it helps people sleep better at night then whatevs

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    All I expect now is at least a humane way of death for animals quick, fast and no suffering.

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    Yes it will hopefully improve welfare and also has implications for other ways animals are used such as testing . We are still a very long way from ending animal cruelty suffering and exploitation ( as we are human ) . Now its in law though in future that can be used as an argument to stop some current practices and against any cruel new ones .

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Tell that to doc who keep killing native species with 1080 drops.

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I live here in New Zealand, and this is the first I have heard about it.

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    Animal sentience
    The National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC) acknowledges the official recognition of animal sentience within the Animal Welfare Act in 2015. Sentience is the ability to perceive or feel things. The understanding that animals are sentient has always been integral to NAWAC’s development of the codes of welfare and the minimum standards contained within them. With sentience now formally recognised within the Act, NAWAC will continue to integrate the concept of animal sentience into future codes and standards as they are developed and reviewed.

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Does anybody else note the irony of an ad for a Bacon & Butter diet in the middle of this article.

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Bull shit. There’s a whole bunch screaming dying in pain right now in our bushes and the New Zealand government just keeps on dropping it ban 1080

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Unless there has been another change they did this in May 2015

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tell that to the farmers, 1080 poison droppers, the greyhound racing industry etc etc

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Hierophantic Human

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    And sooner than later, maybe SPIRIT BEINGS. SPIRIT BEING = LIFE FORM + INDIVIDUAL PERSONALITY + FREE WILL

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Dina Marie, one more reason to love NZ ?

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What, even Aussies?

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