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french lawAnimals in France finally recognized as ‘living, sentient beings’

It has taken the French parliament more than 200 years to officially recognize animals as “living, sentient beings” rather than “furniture,” finally upgrading their embarrassing status that dates back to Napoleonic times.

While amendments to the Civil Code were first approved in November, the National Assembly voted on the motion Wednesday, according to AFP. The Assembly had to give its final word after debate with the Senate over several clauses, including the animals’ status.

Until the motion was passed, animals in France, including domestic pets and farm animals, had the same status as a sofa. When the civil code was wrapped up by Napoleon back in 1804, animals were considered as working farm beasts and viewed as an agricultural force designated as goods or furniture.

animalpropertyrights_koala_edited-1Is it time wild animals had property rights?

John Hadley is a lecturer in philosophy in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at the University of Western Sydney.  Dr Hadley’s book “Animal Property Rights: A Theory of Habitat Rights for Wild Animals” will be published later this year by Lexington Press.

The conversion of native habitat for agricultural development, urban expansion and mining are the leading causes of biodiversity loss in Australia. Dr John Hadley thinks it’s time humans represent the voiceless wild animals whose homes are under threat.

Activists’ lawman to fight roadkill

THE COAST’S environmental activists have recruited a high-profile Sydney criminal barrister to sue council over its handling of animal welfare and land-clearing issues.

The move has been instigated by Vegan Warriors’ Jaylene Musgrave in response to the “land-clearing juggernaut” she believes is threatening to turn the Coast into a concrete jungle.

Barrister Peter Lavac, who featured in the ABC documentary On Trial, yesterday confirmed he was preparing to begin negotiations with the council, citing a breach in its duty of care to native animals.

Mr Lavac said council was responsible for the care of animals in its region on behalf of ratepayers and action could be taken under the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001.

french lawAnimals in France finally recognized as ‘living, sentient beings’

It has taken the French parliament more than 200 years to officially recognize animals as “living, sentient beings” rather than “furniture,” finally upgrading their embarrassing status that dates back to Napoleonic times.

While amendments to the Civil Code were first approved in November, the National Assembly voted on the motion Wednesday, according to AFP. The Assembly had to give its final word after debate with the Senate over several clauses, including the animals’ status.

Until the motion was passed, animals in France, including domestic pets and farm animals, had the same status as a sofa. When the civil code was wrapped up by Napoleon back in 1804, animals were considered as working farm beasts and viewed as an agricultural force designated as goods or furniture.

Pope Francis’s Unreserved Embrace of Animal Protection

Keywords: stock, cow, calf, Farm Animal Protection, holstein, dairy Cow nurturing her Calf in Nature

Keywords: stock, cow, calf, Farm Animal Protection, holstein, dairy Cow nurturing her Calf in Nature

This morning, the Vatican released Pope Francis’s new encyclical on the environment, and it is truly historic. The encyclical, or letter, from the Pope is full of references to animals and calls on all of us to embrace a more humane path. The encyclical is named “Praised Be” (Laudato Si) after St. Francis of Assisi’s Canticle of the Sun, in which the Saint praises God for animals and creation.

In the encyclical, the Pope reminds us, “We read in the Gospel that Jesus says of the birds of the air that ‘not one of them is forgotten before God’ ( Lk  12:6). How then can we possibly mistreat them or cause them harm?”

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