In 2016, the New Zealand government passed a law amending its constitution: henceforth, all animals are recognized as sentient beings. This is accompanied by groundbreaking changes for the animal world within the country’s borders.
Mankind has always argued whether animals are capable of feeling emotions just like us.
Anyone who has already had an intimate relationship with an animal friend would undoubtedly answer this question in the affirmative.
The complex social behavior that animals display cannot possibly be based on instincts alone.
Research confirms the emotional world of many animal species
In the meantime, research has advanced to the point where many animal species have feelings.
Laboratory mice are used not least to test antidepressants because it has been discovered that they can suffer from depression.
It is well known that elephants mourn their deceased family members.
New Zealand serves as a model for all states
By ensuring that all animals are recognized as sentient beings in New Zealand’s constitution, the government is following not only common sense but also what is scientifically proven.
This change in the law will mean groundbreaking changes for all wildlife within New Zealand’s state borders.
The change in the law will facilitate the criminal prosecution of animal abusers and the ban on animal testing in research.
Animal rights activists celebrated the decision that went into effect in February 2016!
The New Zealand law gives hope that basic animal rights will be respected.
The constitution is supplemented by the statement that animals are to be viewed as what they are, as “sentient beings”.
The new law says that animals, like humans, are “sentient” beings! Abuse of animals and animal experiments were made a criminal offense, and those who hunt animals are also liable to prosecution.
In Germany, the German Civil Code (BGB) classifies animals as “material objects”.
This denies them any rights.
Only certain property rights (see Animal Welfare Act) can be asserted for animals – this is always at the discretion of the court.
In 1990 a law was passed that animals should no longer be referred to as “things”, but they still have no rights of their own and remain “animate property”.
Undoubtedly, the decision of the New Zealand government should serve as a guiding example for all of humanity.
Anyone who still denies sentience for animals in the 21st century, despite proven scientific findings, probably also believes that the earth is flat.
And I mean…New Zealand is a good example and other countries should follow suit as it is a first step in the right direction.
After all, we have now received confirmation that we have always known that animals, like humans, are “sentient” beings!
Around the world, humans kill 50 to 60 billion animals every year.
That this mass murder is still legal only shows that humans do not evolve, and as far as our morals towards animals go, we still live on the tree.
My best regards to all, Venus