CANADA JUST DECLARED THAT ANIMALS ARE NOW CONSIDERED "SENTIENT BEINGS" AND
NOT JUST PROPERTY.
Aug 23, 2016
According to the CBC,
a new Canadian bill that was issued in late 2015 states that "animals are
now to be considered as "sentient beings" opposed to being labeled as
"Animals are not things. They are sentient beings and have biological
It's important to mention that this legislation applies to all
domesticated/farm animals and even certain wild animals.
Investigators now have more power to demand to see if an animal is being
mistreated, or if there is "reasonable cause" for them to seize the animal.
People of Quebec can now expect to face an 18 month prison sentence if found
guilty of animal abuse.
The new legislation was strongly endorsed by Agriculture Minister Pierre
Paradis as well as a number of other animal rights activists.
Paradis proposed a very simple solution on how citizens can avoid these
harsh consequences to animal abuse.
"If you have a goldfish you have to take care of it. Don't get a goldfish if
you don't want to take care of it."