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, […]

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Dutchess County Approves New Laws to Protect Animals

Hyde Park, NY: Patch reports that two new pieces of legislation to prevent animal cruelty have been signed into law in Dutchess County by County Executive Marc Molinaro and County Legislature Chairman Gregg Pulver. According to the report: “One resolution establishes an animal abuse registry, restricting those who have committed serious animal welfare crimes to be banned from owning or […]

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AG Sues Dog Breeder for Violations of Animal Care Facilities Act

Cedar Ridge, MO: Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that his office was suing an Oregon County dog breeder for continued violations of the Animal Care Facilities Act and the absence of a valid ACFA license. In multiple Department of Agriculture inspections dating back to November of 2017, Cedar Ridge Australians was found to have dogs with thin body condition […]

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Animal Welfare Society Board Members Charged with Animal Cruelty

Columbia, MD: According to CBS Baltimore, two board members who oversaw operations at the nonprofit Animal Welfare Society in Columbia have been charged with 50 counts of animal cruelty each after 165 animals were found to be living in poor conditions in May. Scott Pascucci and Julie Mazurkiewicz, were charged with failing to provide veterinarian care to the animals, fostering […]

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High Court Declares All Animals in Haryana to Be ‘Legal Persons’

Punjab and Haryana, India: According to a report in The Indian Express, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has accorded the status of “legal person or entity” to animals in Haryana, granting them the “corresponding rights, duties and liabilities of a living person.”…Delivering the verdict, Justice Rajiv Sharma stated that animals “should be healthy, comfortable, well nourished, safe, able to […]

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