Sentient Beings

New Zealand Enacts Bill Recognizing Animal Intelligence




The New Zealand Animal Welfare Amendment Bill that passed into law this year states that animals, like humans, are sentient beings. Dr. Virginia Williams, chair of the National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee, says this acknowledges, “Animals can experience both positive and negative emotions, including pain and distress.” The bill thus bans the use of animals for testing cosmetics.

Williams says the legal recognition of animal sentience provides a stronger underpinning of the requirements of the existing Animal Welfare Act. The bill also provides for penalties to enable low-to-medium-level offenders to be punished more effectively and gives animal welfare inspectors the power to issue compliance notices, among other measures.


Find a link to the legislation at Tinyurl.com/NewZealandSentienceBill.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More from Natural Awakenings

Pampamesayok Shaman School Begins in Medfield

Join Julie Hannon of Inner Peace and Wellness on a shamanic journey, January 4 to 6, plus three additional weekends, at the Hawthorne Farm Retreat Center, in Medfield.

Head, Heart and Gut

Instead of always falling into a default mode of old behaviors, it’s important to check with our built-in guidance system before undertaking a course of action.

Autism's Gut-Brain Axis

Almost half of autistic children have gastrointestinal symptoms, and the more severe the symptoms, the more severe the autism, studies show.

Blood Chemistry

A comprehensive functional blood chemistry analysis can reveal in-depth insight into our health and well-being.

Kick-Start Organ Vitality

Using simple strategies to revitalize five vital organs is a powerful way to kick off our well-being in the new year.

Add your comment:
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Archive »This Month

Pampamesayok Shaman School Begins in Medfield

Join Julie Hannon of Inner Peace and Wellness on a shamanic journey, January 4 to 6, plus three additional weekends, at the Hawthorne Farm Retreat Center, in Medfield.

Wireless Warning

The explosion of wireless technology within one generation has been dramatic and created many benefits such as convenience and connectivity, but at what price?

Wellness Professional Networking Event Focuses on the Power of Facebook Groups

Soul Being and Natural Awakenings will cohost a wellness professionals networking event from 6:45 to 8 p.m., December 13, at Newton Chiropractic & Wellness, in Newton Upper Falls.

Special Packages and Memberships Available at Cloud-9 Float & Wellness

Cloud-9 Float & Wellness is now offering unlimited packages and monthly memberships for all services.

SCENAR Therapy: Untapped Potential of Human Healing

Therapy Spotlight
Thousands of doctors, various health practitioners, Olympic athletes and everyday people are using and enjoying SCENAR, a miraculous modality of energy medicine to stay healthy and young.

Pampamesayok Shaman School Begins in Medfield

Join Julie Hannon for 12 Days to an Awakened Life – A Shamanic Journey to Your Center, to be held from January 4 to 6, plus three additional weekends on February 1 to 3, March 22 to 24, and May 18 to 20.