Milwaukee Edition
Bookmark and Share Email this page Email Print this page Print Feed Feed

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

Learn All About Paleo Lifestyles with the Primal Health Coach

The paleo diet focuses on foods presumed to have been available or consumed by humans during the Paleolithic era, such as lean proteins, fruits and vegetables.

New Book Teaches How to Tap Inner Coaching Skills

The Coach Within is written with a goal to empower readers to employ the 28 big ideas of coaching into their everyday lives.

No More Commuting to Classes

The Midwest College of Oriental Medicine has begun offering online distance education.

Relax with Acu-Gong Meditation at Royal Road Clinic

Acu-gong meditation, a therapy that combines the effects of gong sound meditation (gong baths) with acupuncture, is available at Royal Road Clinic.

The Center for Well-Being Welcomes Therapeutic Yoga Teacher

Yoga therapist Patty Harris-Balmer, who has recently relocated to Wisconsin from Illinois, is offering adult yoga therapy workshops, therapeutic yoga classes for teens, and private, one-on-one yoga therapy sessions.

Add your comment: