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Animal sentience included in Belgian Constitution

By May 3rd 2024May 15th, 2024No Comments

Document type: news item from Eurogroup for animals

Author: Eurogroup for Animals

Preview: After years of campaigning, the sentience of animals is now officially recognised in the Constitution of Belgium. The Constitution takes precedence in the hierarchy of Belgian legal norms, and now includes a reference to ensure the protection and well-being of animals. (...) Belgium is now the 6th EU Member State to include animals in its Constitution, following Italy, Germany, Luxembourg, Slovenia and Austria. Other nations have also acted to enshrine constitutional animal sentience, including Switzerland, Egypt, Brazil and India. The following passage has now been officially added to Article 7 of the country's Constitution: "In the exercise of their respective powers, the Federal State, the Communities and the Regions ensure the protection and well-being of animals as sentient beings."

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