Animals Now Listed As “Sentient Beings” Rather Than Property In Quebec

The Canadian province of Quebec used to be regarded as a haven for puppy mills, but that has since changed. In a bill tabled in Quebec in 2015, animals are now considered “sentient beings” rather than property. The legislation states:

Animals are not things. They are sentient beings and have biological needs.

According to CBC News, Agriculture Minister Pierre Paradis was responsible for proposing the bill. He – along with many other animal rights activists – is inspired to quell the injustices being done against all kinds of species around the world.

Those who abuse animals and their needs may be fined unto $250,000. And, up to 18 months in prison is a possibility for repeat offenders.

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