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Objects of Act

    (1)     The main objects of this Act are to recognise that—

        (a)     animals are sentient beings that are able to subjectively feel and perceive the world around them; and

        (b)     animals have intrinsic value and deserve to be treated with compassion and have a quality of life that reflects their intrinsic value; and

        (c)     people have a duty to care for the physical and mental welfare of animals.

    (2)     This is to be achieved particularly by—

        (a)     promoting and protecting the welfare of animals; and

        (b)     providing for the proper and humane care, management and treatment of animals; and

        (c)     deterring and preventing animal cruelty and the abuse and neglect of animals; and

        (d)     enforcing laws about the matters mentioned in paragraphs (a), (b) and (c).

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