Jane Goodall is a pioneering primatologist who redefined what it means to be human. She spoke to Clive Phillips, a professor of animal welfare.
The new law is largely symbolic so the ACT can boast animal welfare credentials without putting animal-related industries offside. Still, it could create positive change.
It's not only banner-waving activists who care about animal welfare, a recent government report found the majority of people surveyed have concerns and want reform.
Recognising animals as sentient means welfare laws must consider animals' feelings as well as their physical conditions.
Capuchin monkeys understand fairness, sheep recognise their friends, rats make sacrifices for buddies. Yes, animals are sentient. Here's the science.