New Article Explores Recognition of Animal Sentience in Australian Legislation

Jane Kotzmann, “A Typology of Australian Animal Sentience Recognition Provisions — Enacted and Proposed” (2023) Federal Law Review.

Abstract: Australia appears to be following the trend in mainly Western countries of recognising animal sentience in the law. This article sets out a typology of animal sentience recognition provisions that have been enacted, or have been proposed, in Australian jurisdictions to date. These include provisions or proposed provisions located in statutory objects, statutory principles, statutory definitions and a treaty. Depending on legislative context, these provisions, and proposed provisions (if enacted), may have different legal consequences. The trend towards legally recognising animal sentience may also signal further positive legal reforms for animals in the future.