May 18, 2015
Animals are Sentiment Beings
MDC is honored by the initiative by New Zealand and highly agree with the findings because my real life animal experiences are very much human based.New Zealand Legally Recognizes Animals as ‘Sentient’ BeingsA change to New Zealand law has recognized what pet owners and scientists have known for years – that animals have feelings.The Animal Welfare Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading on Tuesday, states that animals, like humans, are “sentient” beings.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.The bill also bans the use of animals for the testing of cosmetics.Dr Williams said the legal recognition of animal sentience provided a stronger underpinning of the requirements of the Animal Welfare Act.Nelson SPCA manager Donna Walzl said the changes were “wonderful”. It’s great to finally see it brought into legislation. It’s awesome.She said pets that came to the SPCA’s attention often exhibited human-like emotions.You can see that they do have separation anxiety and that’s showing emotion. It’s almost a human emotion,” she said.