New Zealand recognizes all animals as sentient beings

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New Zealand recognizes all animals as sentient beings

Post by anjali » Fri Jun 12, 2015 6:00 pm

http://www.trueactivist.com/new-zealand ... nt-beings/
The Animal Welfare Amendment Bill, passed last month, aims to make it easier to prosecute people in animal cruelty cases, as well as banning animal testing and research.

Animal rights activists have celebrated the decision. “To say that animals are sentient is to state explicitly that they can experience both positive and negative emotions, including pain and distress,” said Dr Virginia Williams, chair of the National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee. “The explicitness is what is new and marks another step along the animal welfare journey.”


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Post by Simon E. » Sat Jun 13, 2015 8:44 am

Well they can be as PC as all get out. But the exporting of lamb to be killed for halal meat will no doubt continue to be a big national income generator.
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Post by dharmagoat » Sat Jun 13, 2015 9:23 am

Simon E. wrote:Well they can be as PC as all get out. But the exporting of lamb to be killed for halal meat will no doubt continue to be a big national income generator.
The latest live export of breeding sheep to Mexico (or so we are told) was done on the sly. Not many New Zealanders support live exports.

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Post by mikenz66 » Sat Jun 13, 2015 12:58 pm

Yes, and I believe that that live export to the middle east stopped some time ago.

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Post by Monlam Tharchin » Sat Jun 13, 2015 8:25 pm

Simon E. wrote:Well they can be as PC as all get out. But the exporting of lamb to be killed for halal meat will no doubt continue to be a big national income generator.
Is your point that this is an empty gesture?

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Post by seeker242 » Sun Jun 14, 2015 11:57 am

“30C Hunting in safari parks

“(1) Nothing in this Act makes it unlawful to hunt a wild animal that is available for hunting in a safari park.
It's a nice gesture but when it still allows stuff like this, you can't help but to think it's falls far short of actually recognizing all animals as sentient beings.
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Post by Adamantine » Sun Jun 14, 2015 12:43 pm

It's wonderful news. The next logical step of course would be to end animal slavery and industrial mass murder for market profit, the country would need to go almost vegan. There was a time not tooo long ago when human slavery, abuse and murder of non-white races was seen as normal and ethically no problem. Slowly the paradigm shifted due to the conscience of a few influencing the many. . .
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Post by Malcolm » Sun Jun 14, 2015 2:25 pm

Simon E. wrote:Well they can be as PC as all get out. But the exporting of lamb to be killed for halal meat will no doubt continue to be a big national income generator.

"New Zealand, where men are men and sheep are afraid....", as an old Kiwi room mate of mine was fond of repeating.
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Post by Dan74 » Sun Jun 14, 2015 2:36 pm

Where is Ven Huifeng when you need him? He'd set the lot of you straight and restore the pride of our antipodean brethren!
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