Animal lovers brace yourself! New Zealand is a land for you.
Last year, a landmark decision in New Zealand has set an example that other countries should follow. This country has become a president to the world by recognizing animals as sentient creatures. We, the animal lovers, know forever that our best friends are as sentient as we are: they have feelings just like humans have. This New Zealand’s landmark has made a huge shift in perception and right has been extended to all animals, not just, orangutans, dolphins, or chimpanzees.
Let’s hope that the other will follow! Hope you’ll share this article to support animal rights.
New Zealand’s The Animal Welfare Amendment Bill
Passed last February, The Animal Welfare Amendment Bill will make it easier to prosecute people in animal cruelty cases, as well as banning animal testing and research.
Celebrating the decision, Dr. Virginia Williams, chair of the National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee, said:
“To say that animals are sentient is to state explicitly that they can experience both positive and negative emotions, including pain, and distress. The explicitness is what is new and marks another step along animal welfare journey.”
According to the country’s regional newspaper the Nelson Mail, Dr. Steve Merchant, New Zealand Veterinary Association president, claims that the bill will bring clarity, transparency, and enforceability of animal welfare laws.
“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. The bill brings legislation in line with our nation’s changing attitude on the status of animals in society”, he adds.
You can read the entire Bill here: http://www.legislation.govt.nz/bill/government/2013/0107/latest/DLM5174807.html?path=bill%2fgovernment%2f2013%2f0107%2flatest&col=bill&fid=DLM5174807&search=sw_096be8ed81047b83_sentient_25_se&p=1
New Zealand Set An Example
Being the first country to recognize all animals as sentient beings, New Zealand just showed us how to rule. That’s the example that all countries should follow! Do you agree with this Bill? Feel free to share this article to spread the fact that animals have feelings just like us, and they need to be protected.