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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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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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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