"Animals are now legally recognised as 'sentient' beings in New Zealand"
The legal status of nonhuman animals living in New Zealand has been changed to "sentient" beings. In the U.S., as we've discussed, nonhuman animals have the legal status of "things"––which may be changing soon for two chimpanzees (NY Hearing on May 27th).
I'm hoping there will be a mass nonhuman animal exodus to NZ very soon. Have a look at this short article to read what the change in legal status will mean for nonhuman animals.