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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Operators Say Regulation of Pet Boarding Facilities Is a “Gray Area”

Singapore: Channel News Asia reports that pet owners have complained of mistreatment of their pets at boarding center, Platinium Dogs Club, with one owner saying that her dog had died under the facility’s care. In addition, a search was ongoing for Shetland sheepdog Prince, who went missing while being boarded at the center. While licences from the Agri-Food and Veterinary […]

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