Australian Capital Territory recognizes animal sentience

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Animal sentience has been recognised for the first time

The ACT has passed a law that changes the legal status of animals from being purely ‘property’ to sentient beings in their own right.

The new legislation sheds light on protection and treatment of animals, be it pets or farm animals.

Against the backdrop of the ongoing discussion about live export of sheep, the bill also raises questions of animal cruelty in other states where live export is prevalent.

 

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