Animals to be Formally Recognized as Sentient Beings in UK

So little, but it’s something. Posted here just to keep the record.

Set of government measures will include halting most live animal exports and a ban on hunting trophy imports

Animal welfare protesters are seen at a rally in front of the Al Kuwait live export ship as sheep are loaded in Fremantle harbour, 16 June, 2020
Animal welfare protesters at a rally in front of the Al Kuwait live export ship as sheep are loaded in Fremantle harbour, 16 June 2020. Photograph: Richard Wainwright/AAP

Animals are to be formally recognised as sentient beings in UK law for the first time, in a victory for animal welfare campaigners, as the government set out a suite of animal welfare measures including halting most live animal exports and banning the import of hunting trophies”–Fiona Harvey Environment correspondentWed 12 May 2021 01.00 EDT

5 thoughts on “Animals to be Formally Recognized as Sentient Beings in UK

  1. Good lead-in to the story. Humans, including all of us, have directly or indirectly, killed so, so many animals, on the road, for our food, in the meadows, through ecocide, by relentless, unavoidable means.
    We are so far too late to bring any of this to a good resolution, but at least others can recognize that all of these were sentient, similar beings to us – and not just the dolphins or chimps that the Non-Human Rights legal campaign has so far fruitlessly gone to courts to defend.

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  2. Dear Garry Rogers,

    Hello! Thank you for your report. Recognizing and declaring animals as sentient beings have been much overdue. I have long advocated for such a recognition through some of my research and writings, specifically those regarding our relationship with and treatment of animals through the lenses and ideas afforded by being consilient and holistic through interdisciplinarity and multidisciplinarity in order to see and understand the parts and the whole via the purviews of anthrozoology, zooanthropology, (socio)linguistics, paleohistory, forensic science, social sciences (anthropology, archaeology, criminology and sociology) and natural sciences (biology, botany, zoology, palaeontology, geology and so on) as well as behavioural sciences (psychology, psychobiology, anthropology and cognitive science).

    For example, my post entitled “SoundEagle in Debating Animal Artistry and Musicality” is simultaneously witty and serious about a number of outstanding issues pertaining to animals and how we view them. The said post actually ventures far beyond whatever its title may suggest or mean to any reader, especially in the very long “Conclusions” section.

    Yours sincerely,

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  3. Dear Garry,

    Thank you for your reply and encouragement. I would like to inform you that the said post entitled “SoundEagle in Debating Animal Artistry and Musicality” is available at

    Given your expertise and background, I am very keen and curious to know what you think or make of the post, and would greatly appreciate your leaving a comment at the comment section of the post. Please note the ISEA Model that I have devised to analyse and describe the Instrumental, Spiritual, Pro-Environment and Pro-Animal/Plant perspectives.

    Please be informed that you might need to use a desktop or laptop computer with a large screen to view the rich multimedia contents available for heightening your multisensory enjoyment at my blog, which could be too powerful and feature-rich for iPad, iPhone, tablet or other portable devices to handle properly or adequately.

    May you find the rest of 2021 very much to your liking and highly conducive to your writing, reading, thinking and blogging whatever topics that take your intellectual fancy or tickle your emotional delight!

    Yours sincerely,



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