“Sentience” in New Zealand's Animal Welfare Act 1999 - global leadership or window dressing?

The legislative introduction of “sentience” to the Animal Welfare Act 1999 shifts standards of acceptability away from legal minimums by obligating people to ensure that animals are not just provided with the basics, but actually experience a quality of life. If appropriately applied, the initiative has the potential to be as significant to animals, people and their shared planet, as the evolution from the Animal Protection Act 1911 to the Animal Welfare Act 1999.

The attached PDF is an article authored by Dr Ian A. Robertson, Principal of Guardianz Lawyers and Consultants (guardianz.co.nz),  and Director of International Animal Law. The article was initially published in the journal of New Zealand Criminal Bar Association

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