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Animal Scene - 2021-09-01

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MORE THAN SYMBOLIC

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While any law promoting the protection of animals is a step in the right direction, there are concerns that recognizing animal sentience is more symbolic than productive. Despite this, it may still do some good. In Bass’s opinion, respect for animal welfare will “play a critical role in tackling global environmental and public health challenges such as climate change, antibiotic resistance and pandemic prevention.” The Deakin University School of Law also points to the European Union provision which has “played a role in assisting legislative interpretation and in motivating further legislative protections for animals.”

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