For most people it was already quite obvious, but finally a new change in the laws of New Zealand now does pick up and recognize what scientists and owners of animals we had been knowing for years – Animals are living beings, conscious and sensitive! And the first to declare it were our beloved friends the Kiwis, becoming a great example for other countries.
Declaring that animals (all, and not just some of them) have feelings means that they can experience both positive and negative emotions, including pain or stress. So a cat can be sad, a very anxious dog, or a rabbit can feel fear. They simply feel and react in a certain way to the environment around them.
This Animal Welfare Amendment, which has been finally approved this year, It is a huge step forward for all lovers of these adorable creatures, since they can finally act faster than those who discuss cases of animal cruelty or abuse.
According to the Doctor Virginia Williams , who is the president of the National Animal Ethics Committee, there is great joy among animal rights activists, since it is finally recognized that animals can feel pain and anguish when subjected to situations of high stress.
This way, and thanks to this new to reform, it is prohibited to use animals to test with new cosmetics.
For his part, Dr. Steve Merchant, who is the president of the New Zealand Veterinary Association, comments that the expectations of animal welfare they have been changing with enormous speed, since the practices that were once quite common are now completely unacceptable at the level of legal and ethical terms.
With this reform animals have finally gone from being treated as "objects" or "things", to receiving much more help and weight being supported by the new laws of the State.  We hope that this great step will serve as an example and be repeated in other parts of the world, so that all those who abuse and mistreat the animals end up paying for it.
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