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ACT's tough 'animal sentience' laws impose new penalties for mistreatment of animals

Dan Jervis-Bardy
Updated October 23 2019 - 2:07pm, first published September 26 2019 - 12:27pm

The ACT has become the first jurisdiction to recognise pets as "sentient beings", after tough new animal welfare laws were passed in the Legislative Assembly on Thursday.

Dan Jervis-Bardy

Dan Jervis-Bardy

Federal Politics Reporter

Dan covers federal politics from Parliament House, with a special focus on climate policy and the NDIS. He has previously reported on ACT politics and urban affairs since joining the Canberra Times in 2018.