Australian Capital Territory Passes “Tough” New Animal Sentience Laws

Canberra, Australia: The Canberra Times reports that the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has become the first jurisdiction to recognize pets as sentient beings after  new animal welfare laws were passed in the Legislative Assembly today. According to the report, the laws, “which will come into effect in six months, recognise that animals can feel and perceive the world around them, and deserve to have a quality of life that ‘reflects their intrinsic value.'” The legislation also introduces “tough new penalties for the mistreatment of animals, while also placing more restrictions on pet shop owners and breeders.”

About Susan Nilson

Susan Nilson began her career with Reuters in London, England, and has over 15 years’ editorial experience in print and digital publications across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. She is currently managing editor of BARKS from the Guild. She is also a companion animal behavior consultant and trainer (Centre of Applied Pet Ethology) and an accredited professional canine behavior consultant (Pet Professional Accreditation Board).

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