Thanks to a new bill passed last month, that would most likely have to be New Zealand!
The Animal Welfare Bill, which recognizes all animals as sentient creatures, aims to make it easier to prosecute people in animal cruelty cases, as well as banning animal testing and research.
Dr. Virginia Williams, chair of the National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee says, “to say that animals are sentient, is to state explicitly that they can experience both positive and negative emotions, including pain and distress.”
The president of the New Zealand Veterinary Association, Dr. Steve Merchant, says the bill gives greater clarity, transparency, and ability to enforce the country’s existing laws. Adding that, “practices that were once commonplace for pets and farm stock are no longer acceptable or tolerated.”